Hundreds of farmers and Lumads or natives in Mindanao held a protest action at the Freedom Park in Davao City in hopes that their appeals will reach President Rodrigo Duterte.
First in their appeals is for the lifting of martial law in Mindanao and for the stoppage of the militarization in their communities.
The group also presented a replica of caskets with the inscription crying for justice for victims of political killings in southern Mindanao.
Around 300 members of the Community of Yolanda Survivors and Partners (CYSP) stormed the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Sagkahan, Tacloban City.
The group complained of the alleged substandard quality of the housing project constructed by the NHA.
The NHA however said it followed the housing standard lay-out set by the government, and that changes only happen after the project is turned over to the developers and contractors.
Militant groups in Cebu held a people SONA during the second State of the Nation Address by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The participating groups included workers-Alsa Kontraktwal, BPO workers, Piston, Panaghugpong Kadamay, Gabriela, Anakbayan and others.
In the middle of the people’s SONA, the leaders of each group lay down on the pavement holding their placards.
Nevertheless, they still believe that there is still a chance that the president will fulfil what he promised during the election, which are now included in their appeal.
Several militant groups also walked the stretch of session road in Baguio City to show their disdain against the Duterte administration.
The group comprised of Cordillera People’s Alliance, transport groups, workers groups, women’s groups, youth groups, Metro Baguio Tribal elders/ leaders assembly, Anak Bayan, and Kabataan Partylist
They held placards stating their protests against martial law; PUJ phase out; resumption of peace talks; issues on education and labor concerns among others.
The group also staged a sketch depicting President Duterte, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and other officials with their necks shackled and the chains being held by what symbolizes America. – Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue