By Chito Chavez
Militant groups and other protesters burned today the mural outside the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) before marching to join the broad United People’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the vicinity of St. Peter’s Cathedral along Commonwealth Avenue.
The protesters mostly farmers and other rural-based groups will carry West PH Sea-themed placards to highlight the need to uphold the country’s territorial integrity against China’s supposed intrusion.
Members of fisherfolk group PAMALAKAYA will carry baby dolphins with the calls ‘Atin ang Pinas, China layas.’
Students from cultural group SINAGBAYAN will wear headdresses designed as mini-boats for the protest march.
“We will join the sea of protesters against Duterte’s SONA. Our message for today’s mobilization is clear — we are fed up with Duterte’s traitorous and tyrannical actions. He reneged on all of his promises and made the lives of Filipinos worse than ever before. He is killing Filipinos without remorse. We say enough of Duterte. Tama na, sobra na,” said Danilo Ramos, chairperson of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas.
Groups composed of cultural and artist organizations SAKA and NNARA-Youth created an installation ensemble depicting Duterte and China as the ‘monsters of the West Philippine’ that are out to devour the Philippines and trample upon our national sovereignty and patrimony.
The giant ominous octopus called ‘Duterteroctopus Enchina,’ patterned after the giant Pacific octopus Enteroctopus dofleini, that bears an emblem of the Chinese flag represents the continuing travesty allegedly committed by President Duterte.
The demonstrators claimed the President has displayed an “overzealous protection and promotion of China’s interests’’.
They said Duterteroctopus is seen with droopy eyes, big pores, slimy tentacles and also spits poisonous black ink.
The installation also features a mini version of the dilapidated F/V Gem-Ver 1 that was rammed by a Chinese fishing vessel last June 9.
The National Network of Agrarian Reform Advocates (NNARA-Youth) is a mass organization of youth and students advocating the demand of peasants for genuine land reform.
SAKA or Sama-samang Artista para sa Kilusang Agraryo (Artist Alliance for Genuine Land Reform and Rural Development) is an anti-feudal alliance of art and cultural workers that support and advance the peasant agenda of genuine agrarian reform, rural development, and food security.