Militants in Mindanao greet SONA with protests

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 July) — Militant groups in Southern Mindanao will again converge to greet President Arroyo’s State of the Nation Address on Monday with protest actions and renewed calls for her ouster.

Frankie Del Rosario, Bayan Southern Mindanao spokesperson said around 2,000 members of progressive and allied people’s organizations will join the protest actions, to be highlighted by the burning of an effigy of the president after her speech.

He said nothing much is new about the actions — to match what they called Arroyo’s same old brags, “accomplishments based on statistics that did not really trickle down to the poor”.

But the group said the effigy will have longer nails, a new feature, to mark Arroyo’s implementation of the Human Security Act and her continuing “state terrorism” policy.

Del Rosario admitted they will demonize the President even more, a protest theme they had flaunted in the last six SONAs she had delivered.

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