PNoy heckled during Independence Day speech


Posted at Jun 12 2014 04:46 PM | Updated as of Jun 13 2014 11:09 PM

MANILA (UPDATED) - President Benigno Aquino was heckled by youth activists during his Independence Day speech in Naga City on Thursday.

Members of Anakbayan shouted "walang pagbabago sa administrasyong Aquino" while the President was delivering his speech at Plaza Quince Martires.

They criticized Aquino for allegedly failing to implement real reforms in the country.

Aquino reportedly stopped his speech for a moment due to the incident.

Among those who heckled the President was Em Mijares, a 19-year-old 4th year psychology student from the Ateneo de Naga University.

Mijares, who also waved a red flag with the words "Edukasyon para sa Lahat," was apprehended by the Presidential Security Group and then turned over to local police.

He is facing charges for violating Article 153 of Chapter 5 of the Revised Penal Code.

Mijares said while he is disappointed, he is ready to face the charges.

"Disappointed ako kasi Araw ng Kalayaan. Basic right natin bilang mamamayan na makapagpahayag ng sentimiyento... It's not a personal attack on the President, it's a way para ma-convey namin yung mga sentiments at mensahe ng mga karaniwang Pilipino," he said. -- Reports from Rose Olarte Orbita, dzMM; Mylce Mella, ABS-CBN News Bicol