Friday, 13 December 2019

UNITED PEOPLE’S SONA 2019: IPAGLABAN ANG PILIPINAS!

UNITED PEOPLE’S SONA 2019: IPAGLABAN ANG PILIPINAS!

Sobra na! Tama na! Ipaglaban ang soberanya, kabuhayan at demokrasya!

July 22, 3-6pm Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City
 
On July 22, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA). This SONA comes after the victory of his allies in the mid-term election, an election that is tainted by suspicions of abuse of government resources for his candidates, vote buying, intimidation, and electronic fraud.

That the once-independent Senate is now dominated by the President’s allies marks the completion of the necessary ingredients for dictatorial and unaccountable governance. Combined with co-opted institutions and disregard for the rule of law, which has distinguished his government in the last three years, our democracy urgently needs our complete attention and action. Of particular concern are the following:

  1. President Duterte’s unwillingness to stand up to China in the West Philippine Sea, at the expense of our people’s right to the vast resources of our exclusive economic zone.
  2. The deliberate campaign against dissenters, activists and advocates of democracy, justice and human rights, characterized by humiliation, intimidation, harassment, use of made-up charges, and denial of due process.
  3. The economic policies that destroy our local agriculture and manufacturing, ecological integrity and biological diversity.
  4. An insensitive and aberrant development model that keeps wages low and jobs insecure, and increases the prices of public utilities and other basic goods and services.
  5. The continued push for Charter Change that aims to strengthen political dynasties, lift term limits, undermine the system of checks and balances, water down civil and political rights, open up our country and people to foreign exploitation, and plunder environment and natural resources.
  6. Continuing corruption and abuse of power.
  7. Collusion in the revision of our history and identity.
  8. The further degradation of women, indigenous peoples, churches and other marginalized groups.

We simply cannot allow this to go on. Sobra na. Tama na.

This year’s SONA is an important occasion to voice our issues and concerns. And more than that, it is an opportunity to reclaim our God-given power as the sovereign people.

It is in this context that the United People’s SONA 2019 aims to once again bring together the biggest and broadest number of groups and individuals in defense of our sovereignty, democracy, and people’s well-being and livelihood. All activities are expected to culminate in a mammoth rally along Commonwealth Avenue on July 22, from 3-6p.m., to serve as a powerful counterpoint to the opening of the 18th Congress and the President’s SONA.