SONA 2021

IN PHOTOS: Protests mark road to Batasan Pambansa for Duterte’s final SONA

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IN PHOTOS: Protests mark road to Batasan Pambansa  for Duterte’s final SONA

MULTI-SECTORAL. Thousands belonging to different sectors march along Commonwealth Avenue at noon.

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Various shades of the political spectrum band together to bid goodbye to the Duterte administration

Carrying flags, streamers, and tarpaulins militant and progressive groups gathered Monday, July 26, at the University Avenue in Diliman, Quezon City to protest during President Rodrigo Duterte’s final State of the Nation Address.

Braving the threat of contracting COVID-19, the protesters took to the streets to decry what they said was Duterte’s mismanagement of the crisis, while chanting “Ang tao, ang bayan, Duterte wawakasan,” as they marched to the Batasang Pambansa complex.

This year’s SONA was the second to be held during the pandemic. Just like in 2020, protesters made sure that COVID-19 protocols such as physical distancing were strictly observed.

The protest was one of the few occasions where various shades of the political spectrum banded together for the same anti-Duterte campaign.

Here are photos of the highlights of the protest action:

EARLY BIRD. Protesters wait for other participants from different sectors as they gather at the University Avenue in Diliman, Quezon City.
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DISSENT. Activists smash a cardboard depicting President Duterte during a program at the University Avenue.
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SECURITY. Anti-riot police were deployed at Commonwealth Avenue to block protesters marching towards the Batasan Pambansa complex.
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OUTSIDE THE PLENARY HALL. Makabayan bloc Representatives France Castro and Carlos Zarate show their attire for the SONA as they march with protesters.
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CREATIVE. Duter-tuko mural leads the marchers.
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DARNA. 50 “WakaSONA” comics parade during the protest march.
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ROASTED. A 2-D effigy of President Duterte.
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BLOCKED. Police stop demonstrators marching along Commonwealth Avenue.
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FIGHTING FOR SPACE. A commotion takes place after police set up orange barriers limiting the space of the demonstrators in Commonwealth Avenue.
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A family watches Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s last annual State of the Nation Address in their home in Quezon City, Philippines, July 26, 2021.
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