Duterte Sona: Leftists on ‘historic’ march to Batasan



July 25 is going to be historic with the Left because it would be allowed to be able to demonstrate 300 meters from the Residence of Representatives where President Rodrigo Duterte will provide his 1st State from the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday. Renato Reyes Jr., Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary common, stated the President himself granted the request of left-leaning groups to method the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.

“That’s historic. We thank the President for becoming really open, in contrast to his predecessors. The rally will probably be peaceful for sure. However, these new developments will undoubtedly energize the crowd,” Reyes told Reyes, who have been joining Sona rallies since 1992, mentioned this would be the very first amount of time in current history that protesters would be permitted to proceed along Batasan road.

“I’ve attended the Sona rally given that 1992 like a freshman in (the University on the Philippines). The nearest I’ve been was in the corner of Sandiganbayan (along) Commonwealth (Avenue),” he stated.

Under the Aquino administration, a huge selection of safety forces blocked Commonwealth Avenue to stop protesters from marching to Batasan Road. For many years, container vans, fire trucks, concrete barriers and barbed wires had been set up ahead of Sona rallies. Bayan invited the President and Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to march with a large number of rallyists from Mindanao, Bicol, Southern Tagalog, Central Luzon and Northern Luzon.

“We extend a hot invitation to President Duterte to become with the individuals who can march throughout the historic Sona rally. He's really much here you are at seem at and join the actions of Bayan, to listen to the plight from the people gathered outdoors Batasan, just before he delivers his historic address,” Reyes stated in a separate statement.

Duterte would be the very first sitting President to grace a Sona rally should he decide to just accept Bayan’s invitation. While the Left gave the peace of mind how the rally would be in support in the Duterte administration, Reyes said it would contact with the discharge of political prisoners and also the finish of military operations against civilians inside the countryside.

The leftist groups also called on Duterte to uphold due process and respect human rights amid the apparent vigilante killings of suspected drug users and pushers, numerous who originate from poor families.

“While we support the anti-crime and anti-corruption campaign on the regime, we stay crucial in the apparent vigilante killings and extrajudicial killings in the hands of the police forces connected for the anti-drug campaign,” Reyes said.

“We get in touch with around the administration to mostly pursue, trace and prosecute the big-time drug dealers and drug syndicates along with their cohorts in government,” he added.

H/T:inquirer

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