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Over 8K protesters marched along Commonwealth ahead of Marcos’ first Sona – Bayan

By: - Reporter / @zacariansINQ
/ 06:14 PM July 25, 2022
More than 8,000 protesters marched to the streets ahead of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s first State of the Nation Address (Sona), said Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) on Monday.

“People’s Sona” was conducted around 9:30 a.m. as protesters marched towards Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, composed of several progressive groups which included Bayan, Anakbayan, Gabriela, Anakpawis, and Alliance of Health Workers. (Photo by Zacarian Sarao)

MANILA, Philippines — More than 8,000 protesters marched to the streets ahead of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s first State of the Nation Address (Sona), said Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) on Monday.

The march, dubbed “People’s Sona,” kicked off around 9:30 a.m. as protesters  – an assembly composed of several progressive groups, including Bayan, Anakbayan, Gabriela, Anakpawis, and Alliance of Health Workers – tread towards Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City,

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“More than 8,000 people marched along Commonwealth Avenue for #SONA2022 to demand immediate economic relief and genuine reforms to address the country’s crisis. #SONA2022,” said Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr. in a post on Twitter.

During the rally, various leaders of the progressive groups voiced their demands for lower prices, higher wages, regular jobs, accessible social services, human rights, national sovereignty, independent foreign policy, good governance, and press freedom, among others.

A major highlight of the rally was the destruction of a 12-feet effigy tagged as the “Mad in Malacañang,” which depicted Marcos Jr. as a “party boy” sitting on his throne while feasting on the combined flags of the US and China.

QCPD says only 5,000

Meanwhile, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) told Inquirer.net in a text message that around 5,000 protesters participated in the event. The same number it first estimated at around 10:36 a.m.

The QCPD also said that it did not record any untoward incidents related to the rallies during the People’s Sona.

The said protest rally dispersed past noon after finishing its program.

It can be recalled that the Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety initially barred protests along Commonwealth avenue by denying their permit to rally, but was reversed after the city’s local government met with several protest groups, as well as key city administrators, the Philippine National Police and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

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