People's-SONABy JANE MAREN DASAL, VERA Files
(Photos by Mario Ignacio IV and Mario Espinosa)
As the rains poured on Monday, sentiments of discontent from the protesters also poured when President Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the House of Representatives.
“If we were his ‘boss,’ then he’s fired,” 18-year-old Yurie Leigh Lim said.
Lim, a first-time protester in SONA, said he did not feel Aquino’s efforts to address the basic needs of the citizens, pushing him to join about 8,000 others at the “People’s SONA.”
“I did not see his ‘tuwid na daan (straight path).’ This is evident in the slow rehabilitation efforts after typhoon Yolanda hit. In day-to-day situations, we can feel this when prices of basic commodities increase,” he said.
According to Lim, also a member of the youth group Anakbayan, he sees joining the SONA as an avenue to let the government hear the demands of the masses.
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