VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur – Militant groups of Ilocos Sur led by ANAKBAYAN, KARATULA, NUSP, CEGP, STOP Exploitation and Ilocos Human Rights Alliance (IHRA-KARAPATAN), held a protest march around Vigan City four hours before Noynoy Aquino’s 2nd State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Pointing out that after a year in the palace, “Noynoy fails to address the basic problems of the people, the rising poverty and joblesssness, alarming state of human rights and education, and landlessness of farmers continue to distress the people,” they said.
The groups marched with Higantes figures of the President Benigno S. Aquino III and former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, to demonstrate “that there is really no difference between the two regimes. They both lack in political will in addressing the problems of the people.”
The march culminated at he the Plaza Burgos where participants held a program where speakers took turns to present sectoral issue. They have also invited the people “to join them and participate and be part of the people’s movement for genuine change”.
The groups also called for the immediate release of Gloria Floresca, a former peasant leader and an organizer of the women’s group GABRIELA. Floresca was arrested in her home in Naguillian, La Union. The grandmother was accused as the third most wanted criminal in Region 1.# nordis.net