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Hamon ng Bayan: Photos and notes from the “People’s SONA”

daangmatuwudArticle for BlogWatch

More than 8,000 protesters gathered along Commonwealth Avenue this afternoon, presenting issues and demands to the Noynoy Aquino administration as the new president delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).

A program was held and leaders from different sectors spoke about the most pressing problems of their sector and the urgent issues the new administration needs to address. Militant partylist representatives also went to the rally before going to Congress.

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The people’s challenge and Aquino’s first SONA

(Article for Philippine Online Chronicles)

Protest activities are expected to hit the streets as President Noynoy Aquino delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

According to Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), lead organizer of the multi-sectoral rally, the protest aims to highlight the “people’s challenges to the new administration.” The rally will carry the theme: “Katarungan, Karapatan, Kabuhayan at Kalayaan (Justice, Rights, Jobs, and Freedom).”

As with the previous SONA rallies, an effigy will be featured. This year, the visual artists decided to make a magician a-la “Harry Potter,” with the objective of posing the question of whether the Noynoy’s “magic” will be able to solve the people’s problems or will he instead come up with illusions to cover them up.