Scenes from a hot SONA

Aquino effigy blocks Barnes and Noble storefront across from consulate building.

Bayan USA held its own People’s SONA in front of the Philippine Consulate on Fifth Avenue on July 23 – the group’s response to President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s third State of the Nation Address delivered a day earlier, Manila time.

While Aquino touted his economic accomplishments and the gains made by his anti-corruption campaign, Bayan and member organizations had their own rebuttal — in inflammatory words and images.

Ultimately, argued Yves Nibungco, chairperson of the Anakbayan-USA youth organization, a 6.4 percent GDP growth is meaningless while many Filipinos remain poor. “The only accurate indicator of progress and development is the concrete conditions of the people,” he said.


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In front of the consulate building, a statement of support for victims of human trafficking.

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