Despite heavy rains, barricades, razor wires and police dispersal units, 20,000 demonstrators led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) pushed through with their own version of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) which they dubbed as People’s SONA. Commonwealth Avenue was blocked with several layers of barricades to prevent the protesters from reaching Batasan Complex where President Noynoy Aquino delivered his SONA. Protesters clashed with police when they crossed the other lane without barricades to assert their right to protest near the Batasan Complex.

BAYAN claims that the real SONA was conducted outside the halls of congress where representatives from different sectors presented their situations. Among the issues highlighted during the People’s SONA are the PNoy administration’s defense and continued use of the pork barrel system; low wages and worsening contractualization; implementation of the K to 12 program; Public-Private Partnership programs which resulted to displacement of several communities and favored businessmen benefited from the projects; negligence of disaster victims; allowing the return of US military bases under Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA); militarization and continued human rights violation; and continued landlessness and implementation of the government’s bogus land reform program.

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Umbrella props came in handy as heavy downpour was experienced before the march started. Photo by Erika Cruz/Tudla Productions

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Demonstrators clash with police when they insisted on reaching the Batasan Complex where the President delivered his SONA. Photo by Hector Calma/Tudla Productions

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Demonstrators clash with police when they insisted on reaching the Batasan Complex where the President delivered his SONA. Photo by Jun Santiago/Tudla Productions

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‘Tama na! Tapusin na!’ is BAYAN’s main call during the People’s SONA. Photo by Erika Cruz/Tudla Productions

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Concertina wires were placed on top of barricades along Commonwealth Avenue to prevent protesters from reaching Batasan Complex. Photo by Chantal Eco/Tudla Productions

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SONA2015-15 Layers of barricades along Commonwealth Avenue (in front of Ever) to prevent protesters from reaching Batasan Complex. Photo by Chantal Eco/Tudla Productions

A decaying bus to portray the state of Philippine education and PNoy admin's K to 12 program. Photo by Shane David/Tudla Productions

A decaying school bus is portrayed as the state of Philippine education and PNoy admin’s K to 12 program. Photo by Shane David/Tudla Productions

 

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In a performance, Mae Paner a.k.a. Juana Change gave PNoy a failing grade. Juana Change was an avid supporter of the PNoy administration but withdrew her support after the pork barrel scam issue erupted. Photo by Chantal Eco/Tudla Productions

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An Aeta from Central Luzon joined the protest. Photo by Dexter Aserdano/Tudla Productions

Kamatayan Express, PNoy Effigy

Kamatayan Express. The last effigy of President Noynoy Aquino. Aquino is depicted riding a decaying train which symbolize his administration: decaying and should have been replaced a long time ago. Photo by Jun Santiago/Tudla Productions

Protesters gather around the burning effigy. Photo by Shane David/Tudla Productions

Protesters gather around the burning effigy. Photo by Shane David/Tudla Productions

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The last effigy of PNoy during his SONA was burned down. Photo by Chantal Eco/Tudla Productions

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Protesters ran around the effigy with flags as it burns down. Photo by Dexter Aserdano/Tudla Productions

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Artists from UP Asterisk draws a mural along Commonwealth Avenue as their interpretation of a lying PNoy. Photo by Dexter Aserdano/Tudla Productions

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Activists clean up after the protest. Photo by Hector Calma/Tudla Productions