MANILA, Philippines – As President Benigno Aquino III was finishing his State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday afternoon, July 28, the police was spraying colored water on protesters who were able to topple the barricades set up to keep them a safe distance from the SONA venue.
The water was apparently mixed with red dye, purportedly so cops could easily distinguish protesters if the assembly turned violent and they ran away.
Protesters succeeded in bringing down parts of the concrete and metal wires but nonetheless stayed behind the barricades and then later retreated.
The protesters were able to go as far as Ever Gotesco mall along Commonwealth Avenue, based on photos tweeted by Rappler's Pia Ranada. It's a short distance from the Batasan Road, where the House of Representatives is located.
Like in previous years, the protesters also burned an effigy of President Aquino before his speech started.