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LOOK: Protests greet Duterte's 5th SONA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 28 2020 02:32 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Instead of the usual crowd during the SONA, only a few dozen lawmakers were allowed inside the House plenary as the metro remains under general community quarantine as a precaution against the coronavirus.

The quarantine however did not stop multi-sectoral groups from gathering and protesting various issues against the government.

Initially banning the gathering, authorities eventually gave way and allowed protesters to gather inside UP Diliman and hold protests there instead of the stretch of Commonwealth Avenue which is usually gridlocked with traffic due to the number of protesters.

Pocket protests around the metro were also held by various groups. Here are some scenes from the event.

Protesters march toward UP Diliman from Philcoa in Quezon City to protest various issues during the president’s fifth State of the Nation Address. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Police stand guard at Commonweatlh near UP Diliman as multi-sectoral groups gear up for protests during the SONA. Czar Dancel, ABS-CBN News

Police block off a part of Commonwealth in anticipation of massive protests. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Multi-sectoral groups mass up inside UP DIliman to protest various issues against the government. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN news

Massive protests are usually held during SONAs with groups calling it the “true” state of the nation. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN news

The protestors are showing dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and are calling for the Anti-Terror Law to be repealed among other issues. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN news

Protesters bring placards and various props that bring attention to issues affecting the country. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN news

Effigies are a common sight during protests. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN news

Protesters wear face masks and face shields as a precaution against COVID-19. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN news

Ces Drilon, one of the ABS-CBN employees laid off after its franchise was denied by the congressional committee, speaks during the protest inside UP DIliman. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN news

Members of different progressive groups gather at UP University Avenue for the 2020 SONA protest. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

The indigenous peoples delegation from Save Our Schools Network join other multi-sectoral groups in protests. Fernando Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

An aerial view of the protest shows participants observing social distancing. Val Cuenca, ABS-CBN News

Members of SENTRO and Mata join the protest. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN employees join the protests. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Supporters of ABS-CBN are also present. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Health and working conditions for health workers are one of the issues the protesters are trying to bring attention to. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN news

Various groups gather to protest several administrative policies at UP Diliman. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN news

The issue of online learning, which is not readily accessible to everyone, is a hot topic among critics of the government’s planned blended learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN news

Critics also called on the government to junk the controversial Anti-Terror Law as it says it could be used to halt free speech. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN news

Various groups gather to protest several administrative policies. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN news

The protesters marched towards the Oblation in UP DIliman as the alternative venue for the protests. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

The administration has been accused by press freedom advocates of being critical of the media. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Religious groups also joined the protests. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Multi-sectoral groups mass up inside UP DIliman to protest various issues against the government. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Kabataan Party-list Represenatative Sarah Elago, wearing an advocacy sash, joins protesters marching in UP DIliman. Angie de Silva, ABS-CBN News

Protesters from various groups troop to the University of the Philippines in Quezon City and stage SONgKAISA, a protest against President Rodrigo Duterte. Angie de Silva, ABS-CBN News

Multi-sectoral groups gather inside UP DIliman to protest various issues against the government. Vincent Go, ABS-CBN News

Mae Paner, wearing a rash guard and surrounded by toy dolphins in an apparent jab at Malacanang spokesperson Harry Roque, joins the protests. Vincent Go, ABS-CBN News

Protesters hold slogans during a rally against the fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte inside UP Diliman. Despite health risks of COVID-19, various groups protested against the new anti-terror law, press freedom and other government issues ahead of the president’s annual state of nation speech. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN news

Protesters hold slogans during a rally against the fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte inside UP Diliman. Despite health risks of COVID-19, various groups protested against the new anti-terror law, press freedom and other government issues ahead of the president’s annual state of nation speech. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN news

A street vendor passes by a row of riot police blocking Commonwealth Avenue in anticipation of massive protests. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Manila police confiscate placards against the Anti-Terror Law from protesters from Akbayan Partylist during the “Panalangin ng Sambayanan Para sa Katarungan at Kapayapaan”, a SONA holy mass inside the Quiapo Church in Manila. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Protesters from Akbayan Partylist flash their placards against the Anti-Terror Law during the “Panalangin ng Sambayanan Para sa Katarungan at Kapayapaan.” George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Members of the Manila Police orderly disperse demonstrators staging a protest in time with President Duterte's State of the Nation Address in front of the Sto. Niño de Tondo Church in Manila on Monday The group, who was protesting peacefully and practicing physical distancing, were asked by the police to disperse peacefully or face arrests. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Members of the Manila police orderly disperse demonstrators staging a protest in time with President Duterte's State of the Nation Address in front of the Sto. Niño de Tondo Church in Manila on Monday. The group, which was protesting peacefully and practicing physical distancing, were asked by the police to disperse peacefully or face arrest. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Police officers stay inside the Commonwealth Avenue Command Center and watch President Duterte deliver his SONA. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Protesters hold slogans during a rally against the fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte inside UP Diliman. Despite health risks of COVID-19, various groups protested against the new anti-terror law, press freedom and other government issues ahead of the president’s annual state of nation speech. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN news

Protesters tear a poster of President Rodrigo Duterte during the protests. Previos SONA protests involved the burning of effigies. Eli Sepe, ABS-CBN News

Multi-sectoral groups gather in UP Diliman in Quezon City in protest on the day of President Duterte's 5th State of the Nation Address. Val Cuenca, ABS-CBN News