Protest vs Sona set


By Cong Corrales

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PIPIT, a 12-year-old boy, is vigorously dabbing the placards with calls for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s ouster.

Other activists — young and old — meanwhile, are busy prepping the giant cauldron and mock barrel of oil.

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With elaborate props and an amphitheater as the stage, this is no ordinary protest action-coinciding with the President’s July 28 State of the Nation Address (Sona), organizers say.

“This Monday’s rally will be the most dramatic and theatrical protest action in our city yet,” said Kristine Lim, deputy secretary general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan)-Northern Mindanao Region.

Aside from the usual protest slogans and streamers, the rally will feature a theatrical rendition dubbed as “Impyerno sa Yuta” (Hell on Earth).

In the presentation, the President will be portrayed as a witch “conjuring up all the evils that has ravaged the country in the last eight years that she has been the president,” Lim told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Thursday.

The “Hell on Earth” theme will depict the worst economic crisis that has befallen the nation so far in the last 14 years which has made living conditions in our country hellish and almost unbearable,” he continued.

“Under PGMA’s watch, the country marked the highest inflation rate ever at 11.4 percent,” she said.

In Northern Mindanao, five percent or 93,000 of the 1.8 million labor force is unemployed and 26.7 percent or 472,000 is underemployed, Lim said.

The stage play cum protest action will open at the Divisoria Amphitheater in Cagayan de Oro at 12 noon.

It is expected to end at 4 p.m.

Bayan said they are expecting “almost a thousand delegates to attend the rally.”

Monday’s protest will kickoff with a press conference at the Cagayan de Oro Press Club (COPC) Friday.(SunStarCDO)

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