Monday, July 28th, 6pm
STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS (S.O.N.A.)
Every year in the Philippines, the Philippine president addresses the entire Filipino nation with a very public “State of the Nation Address”, popularly referred to as SONA. In this traditional speech, the state of the Philippine Republic is shared, including the state of economic, political, military, and social affairs.
This year, since ascending to the Presidential seat in 2001, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be delivering the scheduled SONA speech in Manila. SONA is also traditionally the day of the largest annual protest actions throughout the Philippines. Today, Filipinos in the Philippines and throughout the diaspora have much to criticize the Arroyo government for, principally the intensifying socio-economic crisis, where basic commodities for every day survival– namely oil and rice— are being monopolized by private cartels fueled by government corruption that are driving the people further into the throes of poverty. The Arroyo family is owner of one of the largest rice cartels in the Philippine today and largely responsible for the skyrocketing and out-of-reach rates of rice in the Philippines. Last month, the devastation of Typhoon Frank killed nearly 900 passengers in the Merchant Vessel “Princess of the Stars” when it sank and also caused a massive spillage of toxic chemicals into the sea. On tour in the US at the time, the Arroyo clique failed to act accordingly to this disaster, and stayed in the US to secure more US tax dollars in military aid to the Philippine military, a known human rights violator.
As Filipinos in the Philippines go out onto the streets to expose the true, tragic state of the Philippine nation, Filipinos in New York will hold a local New York City Speak Out-Demonstration addressing the economic crisis and corruption of the Arroyo administration. JOIN US! ALL ARE WELCOME!
When: Monday, July 28th
Where: Philippine Consulate of NYC, 5th Ave between 45th and 46th Streets in Manhattan
Train: F/V to Rockefeller Center
BAYAN USA (www.bayanusa.org)
NY Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP)
Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE)
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON)
Sandiwa: National Fil-Am Youth Alliance
Kapatirang Pilipino (Kappa Pi)
Kabalikat Domestic Workers Support Group
For inquiries or to endorse this action, please email Christina Hilo at email@example.com