SONA demonstrations: Then and now

SONA protest rallies that were the culmination of the militant groups' struggles every year were a picture of a calm demonstration of issues on Monday, amid President Duterte's first State of the Nation Address.

Gone are the burning of effigies and the running battles between the police and the militant groups. In its place, maximum tolerance and magnanimity on both sides.

The difference is best seen in pictures from the recent SONAs under then President Aquino, to the SONA under President Duterte on Monday.

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A confrontation between police and protesters in 2013, and maximum tolerance between the two sides in 2016. Rem Zamora, ABS-CBN NEWS/Mike Alquinto, NPPA



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