Broad labor groups and social movements representing different sectors of the Philippine society gathered their troops on Monday, July 25, 2011 to demonstrate President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino’s deficient efforts in combating corruption, poverty, jobs deficit, contractualization, and problems surrounding social protection, agrarian reform, education, reproductive health and labor rights despite delivering lengthy words in his annual State of the Nation Address (SONA).
This year’s protests against PNoy’s second SONA was led by LEARN-member Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) together with the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), A Life of Dignity for All Campaign (KAMP), Koalisyon Laban sa Kontraktwalisasyon (KONTRA), Church-Labor Conference (CLC), and many other labor groups, people’s organizations and social movements. The mobilizations in Metro Manila, which drew more than 7,000 people, started from Mendiola (Don Chino Roces Bridge) in Manila City to Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. In the morning, members of the National Alliance of Broadcast Unions, another LEARN affiliate, assembled in front of a cathedral near the venue of the SONA to protest the government’s abandonment of state-run television stations. More groups also maintained presence throughout the day in various parts of Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and other major cities in the Visayas and Mindanao areas.