5,000 troop to Manila from Mindanao for Duterte's SONA

Raymond Hinayon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 20 2016 01:17 AM

At least 5,000 people will travel via bus and ferry from Mindanao to show their support for President Rodrigo Duterte's first SONA.

BUTUAN CITY - At least 5,000 Lumad, farmers, human rights advocates, and activists will troop to Manila to show their support for President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

The caravan, dubbed as "Manilakbayan sa SONA," began its trip in Davao City, with stop-overs in cities like Butuan.

The contingent will travel via bus and ferry across the country and expected to arrive in Manila on July 24.

The group also plans to stage a caravan in Quezon City, where the SONA will take place.

Gabriela Women's Party third nominee Bai Ali Indayla said this will be their chance to meet Duterte during the SONA and present their 15-point Mindanao people's agenda.

The agenda highlights the need for genuine reforms for the people, such as agrarian reform, national industrialization to create job and cutting the budget for military to augment social services.

The group also appeals Duterte to order the pull-out of military troops from their communities and schools and send Lumad evacuees back home.

Indayla added that the Manilakbayan sa SONA will not be a protest against the present administration but a rally in support of the president's reform agenda.