Militants to stage anti-PNoy, anti-Sona rally

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

VARIOUS militant groups are expected to rally around government offices in Davao City today, July 28, in line with the 5th State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

Althea Amoguis, spokesperson for the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, in a program list emailed to the media Sunday, said the nationwide protest dubbed as “Enough of BS Aquino”, is expected to be bigger due to the controversial Disbursement Allocation Program (DAP) of the present administration.

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Groups from Barug Katawhan-Pablo Survivor, Karapatan, Kasaka Agusan, Gabriela, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) Southern Mindanao, Kadamay, Humawac, Transmission Piston, Anakbayan, and Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), among others, are expected to stage protests outside the government offices here.

Among the government offices are as follows: Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Commission on Higher Education (Ched).

The activists will meet at Freedom Park on Roxas Avenue at 10 a.m. and will march to Ponciano-Bolton-Magallanes to Rizal Park on San Pedro Street, where they will conduct its Sona sa Katawhan Speech and other activities.

Meanwhile, the farmers and lumad victims of state fascisms and Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan from various provinces of Davao Region will hold a Kampuhan outside the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) in Panacan on the afternoon.

Amoguis said a stark reality of widening and deepening poverty, joblessness, backward economy, forced migration, and intensified attacks against the people defines the current Aquino administration. She said that the daily experience of the Filipinos belies Aquino's tall tales of progress.

"Due to worsening crisis in livelihood and deprivation of basic social services, disgust towards corruption in the government heightens, especially to the plunder of nation's coffers perpetrated by no less than the Malacañang," Amoguis said in behalf of the other protest groups.

Amoguis said one of the prevalent offenses of the US-Aquino regime is the widespread disregard for the country's sovereignty. From the politico-military to economic aspects, this puppet regime surrenders the nation’s sovereignty to imperialists whose aim is to prey on the country, she added.

The signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) by this regime is insinuation of the resumption of the US military's widespread and permanent presence in the country. Also, the rejection of peace talks further exposes Oplan Bayanihan as a militarist response and solution to the armed conflict.

Pedro Arnado, spokesperson for the KMU-SMR, said due to Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan, thousands of farmers are harassed, threatened, or killed all over the Philippines. “On the next day will be the President’s 5th state of the nation address, but there has been no response on all HRVs filed with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).”

Hanimay Suazo, secretary general of the Karapatan, also said the continuing impunity against human rights violations has proven that the counter-insurgency Oplan Bayanihan is all about silencing people. “The recent brutal killing of Gregorio Galacio, father of nine-year-old GrecilBuya who was also killed by state forces last 2007, proves that Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan is a state-sponsored terrorism and an anti-people program,” Suazo added.

"This landlord president has no interest on whatsoever in mending the reasons for the armed struggle of his people. As the guardian of the ruling system, he has no intentions to uphold genuine land reform and national industrialization," Amoguis said.

Sheena Duazo, secretary general of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, said the people are tired of injustice and impunity, but Aquino's administration is continuously ignoring his bosses -- the sovereign people thus the protests.

Eastmincom public information officer Captain Alberto Caber, in a phone interview on Sunday, said their headquarters has no trouble for those who are planning to protests against them, as long as they will do it peacefully according to the law. "See to it that you would not violate other people's rights," he added.

Police Regional Office-Davao (PRO 11) spokesperson Chief Inspector Jed Clamor, on the other hand, echoed the same. He said the police have been conducting foot and mobile patrol and random checkpoints. He ensured that all their security measures in the region, particularly Davao City, are in place.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 28, 2014.

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