By sheer technicality, President Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte is not bound, this time, to fulfill his State of the Nation (SONA) promises. Technically, the SONA could not be on the record as the Lower House has not really been opened and closed for session on July 23, 2018.
The message the recent State of the Nations Address has not really thought out the state of the country’s national minorities or indigenous peoples, if it did not purposely leave them out. It did not have the courage to even brush through or admit they are the Filipinos who still occupy and hold ancestral ownership to the last frontiers of the archipelago’s natural habitats and resources or whatever is left of it.
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya — “Isulong ang Tunay na Makabayang Pagbabago.” Ito ang panawagan ng mahigit 100 na sumama sa kilos protestang pinangunahan ng Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan)-Cagayan Valley sa araw ng State of the Nation Address (SONA) ng Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa harap ng kapitolyo ng Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.
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KALINGA — The local command of the New People’s Army (NPA) here denounced the ‘continuing crisis of the masses’ as President Rodrigo Duterte marks his first year with his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24.
BAGUIO CITY — Ilocos farmers led by the Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (STOP Exploitation) are set to hold a protest in the National Capital Region on July 25. The action at the Batasang Pambansa will coincide with the House of Representatives’ Committee on Good Governance and Public Accountability inquiry on the anomalous transaction of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.
BAGUIO CITY — Progressive groups in the city are all set to commemorate Rodrigo Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA), July 24, with the “people’s assessment” of his first year as president.