14 Bayan leaders get subpoena over Sona protest
Fourteen leaders of the militant group Bayan have been ordered to appear before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office supposedly for not having the required permits when they staged a protest rally on the day of President Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address (Sona) last July.
The group received the subpoena, which named Bayan southern Tagalog spokesperson Kyle Salgado alongside other activists, peasants and trade union leaders from other organizations under the Bayan alliance.
Also on the list were Pangisda president Pablo Rosales as well as activists Felix Pascua, Larry Mallorca, Luchell Felix, Jaysie Balunga, Miguel Portea, Mario Fernandez, Kenneth Rementilla, Charm Maranan, Jasmin Rubia, Orly Marcellana, John Peter Angelo Garcia and Jemme Mia Antonio.
Police Cpl. Jordan Barbado of the QCPD’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit had filed a complaint against them for violating Section 13 of Batasang Pambansa Blg. 880. They were accused of holding the protests during the Sona without the necessary permits, even though Bayan was cleared by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte.