Former congressman Teddy Casiño of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said the people’s SONA they are planning to stage on July 24 will have a different mood from the first SONA of President Rodrigo Duterte where many expressed optimism hoping for change.
He added that different groups will report the real state of the nation in the People’s SONA.
“It will be more of a protest, an expression of dismay and anger will be witnessed during the State of the Nation Address and this should be addressed by President Duterte,” Casiño said.
Militant groups are dismayed over what they say are failed promises and issues that the president was not able to address.
These include land reform; an end to labor contractualization; pursuing the peace process; release of all political prisoners; and a stop to the militarization of communities, among others.
They also call on the president to lift the martial law in Mindanao and stop bombings in Marawi.
Despite this, Casiño said they have no plans to ask the president to step down, and, instead give him the chance to bring about change.
“We also recognize that President Duterte has been in his position for just a year. He still has five years to serve and he can still do much if he wants. That’s why despite our protest, we also challenge President Duterte to fulfill his promises,” said Casiño.
Meanwhile, the groups hope that the president will face them and listen to their call. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue
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