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    Protests erupt as Philippine president delivers State of the Nation Address


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Freelance multimedia journalist Jeric Pena observed as throngs of Filipinos marched along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, Philippines, until they were outside the House of Representatives on Monday afternoon. At one point in his footage, you can see protesters marching up to a police blockade.

    “The protesters were angry that the president doesn't seem to care about issues that matter to the people, especially the poor,” Pena said. “They said that the president kept on heralding on the Philippines' economic growth but the effect of such is yet to be felt by ordinary citizens. The protesters even noted the widening gap between the rich and the poor, rising unemployment and poverty and of course the escalation of prices of basic commodities.”
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Protesters from different sectors of Philippine society marched to Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Monday, July 22, ahead of President Benigno Aquino III's State of the Nation Address.

    Aquino is set to deliver his speech at the House of Representatives Building in the city this afternoon.

    Protesters staged their own State of the Nation Address instead.
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