MANILA - The negative effects of President Rodrigo Duterte's policies far outweigh the positive ones, militant groups said Sunday, a day before the chief executive's 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Lawyer Cristina Palabay, secretary general of the group Karapatan, said since Duterte assumed office, the human rights situations in the country has only worsened.
"In many aspects, the current situation, both at the political and economic levels, this administration is a total failure," she told ANC, citing the drug war killings and the "anti-tambay policy."
"It's a '5' in a university grading system -- it's 'bagsak' (failed)," she added, lamenting the human rights situation that is "spiraling towards a more dangerous situation" under Duterte.
Meanwhile, lawyer Aaron Perdrosa of the group Sanlakas cited the tax reform law as one of Duterte's policies that have hurt the poor and caused quicker inflation.
"Has the Duterte government made an impact in making sure there's always food on the plate, that you have regular jobs, that you have decent wages, that you have a livelihood, that you have a home? He failed in that regard," Pedrosa added.
Palabay and Pedrosa believe Duterte will not address these failures in his speech so their groups and other organizations will discuss these issues at the United People's SONA outside Congress.
Opposition groups have agreed to hold their protest away from the Batasan Pambansa on Monday, when Duterte delivers his third SONA, police said.
Duterte's aide has ruled out a meeting with protesters after his SONA this year.