PHOTOS | #SONAngBayan calls for Aquino ouster

July 28, 2014

The protest, of about 30,000 people, was, as expected, a colorful one. But following last years violent attempt by cops to disperse protesters asserting right to get near Batasan Pambansa during #SONA2013, this year’s march evoked an air of urgency: they now call on the immediate ouster of Pres. Benigno Aquino III from office. This, following a series of expositions on the involvement of congresspeople, senators, cabinet officials and close Palace allies in the pork barrel scam, purportedly masterminded by Janet Lim-Napoles.

But the biggest scandal involved the president himself, to the tune of P177 Billion in the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Almost a month after the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional that which has been called the president’s own pork barrel in DAP, three impeachment complaints are now pending in Congress–two for culpably violating the Constitution via DAP and one for signing the equally questionable PH-US Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. The president now faces political isolation for his misdeeds. The protests, meanwhile, are expected to only intensify–and become more, much more, colorful.

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Some photos of the protest:

An initial estimate of 30,000 people marched from the corner of Luzon Avenue along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City in protest of Aquino's State of the Nation Address. The group, led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Gabriela, Anakbayan, Courage, Kadamay and many other progressive and sectoral groups, demand the resignation of President Aquino. <strong>Boy Bagwis</strong>q

An initial estimate of 30,000 people marched from the corner of Luzon Avenue along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City in protest of Aquino’s State of the Nation Address. The group, led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Gabriela, Anakbayan, Courage, Kadamay and many other progressive and sectoral groups, demand the resignation of President Aquino. Boy Bagwis

The march, with Noynoy as holDAPer effigy. <strong>Boy Bagwis</strong>

The march, with Noynoy as holDAPer effigy. Boy Bagwis

Not yellow ribbons but red once, calling for the President's impeachment. <strong>Boy Bagwis</strong>

Not yellow ribbons but red ones, calling for the President’s impeachment. Boy Bagwis

Colorful placard of Noynoy Aquino as US imperialism's stooge. <strong>Boy Bagwis</strong>

Colorful mural of Noynoy Aquino as US imperialism’s stooge. Boy Bagwis

An estimated 10,000 cops were deployed especially for SONA. The military added 400 troops to "secure" the President while in Batasan Pambansa. <strong>Boy Bagwis</strong>

An estimated 10,000 cops were deployed especially for SONA. The military added 400 troops to “secure” the President while in Batasan Pambansa. Boy Bagwis

Militant workers of Kilusang Mayo Uno. <strong>Boy Bagwis</strong>

Militant peasants of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas from Central Luzon wait for the main multisectoral contingent coming from Luzon Avenue. Boy Bagwis

Musician Monet Silvestre speaks before the crowd. <strong>Jaze Marco</strong>

Musician Monet Silvestre speaks before the crowd. Jaze Marco

Festive atmosphere amid calls for a President's ouster. <strong>Soliman A. Santos</strong>

Festive atmosphere amid calls for a President’s ouster. Soliman A. Santos

Peasant activists from Southern Tagalog. <strong>Darius Galang</strong>

Peasant activists from Southern Tagalog. Darius Galang

Neglected Typhoon Yolanda victims, as well as supporters of Nora Aunor who was rejected as National Artist by Aquino, were among the crowd. Mykel Andrada

Neglected Typhoon Yolanda victims, as well as supporters of Nora Aunor who was rejected as National Artist by Aquino, were among the crowd. Mykel Andrada

They burn Aquino's effigy. <strong>KR Guda</strong>

Protesters burn Aquino’s effigy. KR Guda

Meanwhile, inside the heavily secured Batasan Pambansa, President Aquino gives a SONA speech with a touch of drama, choking up at one point, as he again puts up a spirited defense of his administration’s achievements, thanks, he said, in no small part to his presidential pork barrel, the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Here are some of Pher Pasion’s photos:

Worlds away from the festive and militant expression of the peple's state of the nation, SONAs in Batasan Pambansa have become the place-to-be for fashion-conscious politicos, personalities with ties to these politicos, and even some celebrities. Here some congressmen do selfie with actress and Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez. <strong>Pher Pasion</strong>

Worlds away from the festive and militant expression of the peple’s state of the nation, SONAs in Batasan Pambansa have become the place-to-be for fashion-conscious politicos, personalities with ties to these politicos, and even some celebrities. Here, some congressmen do selfie with actress and Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez. Pher Pasion

The Aquino sisters were present to give their Kuya Noy some moral boost. During the speech, TV cameras zoomed in to them as they choked up as well. Ballsy Aquino, in an interview, said the speech felt like he was "saying goodbye". Because of impeachment complaints, perhaps? <strong>Pher Pasion</strong>

The Aquino sisters give the President some moral boost. During the speech, TV cameras later zooms in to them as they choke up as well. Ballsy Aquino, in an interview, says the speech felt like he was “saying goodbye”. Because of impeachment complaints, perhaps? Pher Pasion

Boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao shares pleasantries with Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares and the rest of the Makabayan bloc, from Bayan Muna, Gabriela Women's Party-list, Anakpawis, ACT Teachers and Kabataan. Some reports have it that Pacquiao said he would have worn peach (for "impeach") himself had he known of the progressive legislators' plan. The "seven in peach" (Colmenares, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, Gabriela Reps. Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus, Anakpawis Rep. Fernando Hicap, ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio and Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon later walked out of Aquino's speech and joined the protests outside Batasan's north gate. <strong>Pher Pasion</strong>

Boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao shares pleasantries with Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares and the some members of the Makabayan bloc from Bayan Muna, Gabriela Women’s Party-list, Anakpawis, ACT Teachers and Kabataan. Some reports have it that Pacquiao said he would have worn peach (for “impeach”) himself had he known of the progressive legislators’ plan. The “seven in peach” (Colmenares, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, Gabriela Reps. Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus, Anakpawis Rep. Fernando Hicap, ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio and Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon) later walked out of Aquino’s speech and joined the protests outside Batasan’s north gate. Pher Pasion

In a gutsy move, theater actor and activist Mae Paner, who often goes by the satirical character "Juana Change", attends the SONA of President Aquino (who she says she supported in 2010) while wearing a peach dress. <strong>Pher Pasion</strong>

In a gutsy move, theater actor and activist Mae Paner, who often goes by the satirical character “Juana Change”, attends the SONA of President Aquino (who she says she supported in 2010) while wearing a peach dress. Pher Pasion

Makabayan legislators walk out as Aquino starts with his speech. <strong>Pher Pasion</strong>

Makabayan legislators walk out as Aquino starts with his speech. Pher Pasion

Aquino in his SONA speech. http://www.gov.ph/sona-2014/ Pher Pasion

Aquino in his SONA speech. He is flanked by an apparently bored Senate President and House Speaker. Pher Pasion

As Aquino delivers his speech, a group of protesters, still led by Bayan, manage to get near the north gate of Batasan Pambansa to stage a program:

As Bayan holds its main program in fron of Ever Gotesco in Commonwealth Avenie, about 2,000 protesters hold a lightning rally near the north gate of Batasan. Despite police managing to block their way, the protesters managed to hold a program. <strong>Macky Macaspac</strong>

As Bayan holds its main program in front of Ever Gotesco in Commonwealth Avenie, about 2,000 protesters hold a lightning rally near the north gate of Batasan. Despite police managing to block their way, the protesters managed to hold a program. Macky Macaspac

Urban poor leaders call on the cops to make way for their protest. <strong>Macky Macaspac</strong>

Urban poor leaders call on the cops to make way for their protest. Macky Macaspac

Women urban poor leaders from Gabriela also led the march to the north gate. <strong>Macky Macaspac</strong>

Women urban poor leaders from Gabriela also led the march to the north gate. Macky Macaspac

Photo by <strong>Macky Macaspac</strong>

Photo by Macky Macaspac

Photo by <strong>Macky Macaspac</strong>

Photo by Macky Macaspac

Makabayan legislators who walked out of Aquino's SONA joins the protest action. <strong>Macky Macaspac</strong>

Makabayan legislators who walked out of Aquino’s SONA joins the protest action. Macky Macaspac

Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan shows off her fashion statement with the statement "Pork Barrel King, Panagutin!" <strong>Macky Macaspac</strong>

Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan shows off her fashion statement with the statement “Pork Barrel King, Panagutin!” Macky Macaspac

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio. <strong>Macky Macaspac</strong>

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio. Macky Macaspac

The Makabayan legislators as parliamentarians of the streets.<strong>Macky Macaspac</strong>

The Makabayan legislators as parliamentarians of the streets.Macky Macaspac

In Commonwealth Avenue, the protesters began to march a few meters towards the police barricades. The police had barricaded the entire lane with concrete and steel barriers, container vans and razor-sharp concertina wires. Boxed in and virtually imprisoned in the entire lane, the protesters asserted their right to protest by marching closer to the police, who responded by using water cannons on them–but failed to stop them. The protesters then held a brief program near the police blockade before peacefully dispersing.

Police attempt to hose down the demonstrators, who used their wooden placards to stand their ground. <strong>Boy Bagwis</strong>

Police attempt to hose down the demonstrators, who used their wooden placards to stand their ground. Boy Bagwis

Police hide behind their shields. <strong>KR Guda</strong>

Police hide behind their shields. KR Guda

Some protesters push through the steel barrier draped with concertina wires, as an official of the Commission on Human Rights (second from right, in white) asks the police to stop the water hosing. Police hide behind their shields. <strong>KR Guda</strong>

Some protesters push through the steel barrier draped with concertina wires, as an official of the Commission on Human Rights (second from right, in white) asks the police to stop the water hosing. KR Guda

Protesters stand their ground. <strong>KR Guda</strong>

Protesters stand their ground. KR Guda

<strong>KR Guda</strong>

KR Guda

<strong>Darius Galang</strong>

Darius Galang

They were adamant in their call for the President's ouster. <strong>KR Guda</strong>

They were adamant in their call for the President’s ouster. KR Guda

 More photos of the protest action on Pinoy Weekly’s Twitter account.

Photos & Text | Fil-Ams have ‘no trust’ in Aquino