Palace appeal to SONA protesters: Keep it peaceful, safe

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang asked groups who plan to protest during the President’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 27, to keep their mass action “peaceful and safe.”

“As is with every year, let us cooperate with the authorities and let’s keep the protests peaceful and safe,” said Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte in an interview with state-run dzRB on Saturday, July 25.

Various groups are expected to stage protests around the Batasang Pambansa, where President Benigno Aquino III is set to deliver his final SONA in front of the 16th Congress. (READ: Part 1 and Part 2: Did Aquino deliver on his promises?)

Police units will be deployed around the area, but Valte gave assurances this is no cause for alarm.

Huwag po tayong makipag-away sa pulis na gusto lang naman ay maging peaceful 'yung mga demonstrations na 'yan,” she said. (Please do not fight the police as they only want to keep the demonstrations peaceful.) 

Valte added that protests are part of democracy, which allows people to “express [their] thoughts on a certain issue or a certain demonstration.” –


Mara Cepeda

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