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    ‘National Day of Protest’ in Manila looms

    POLITICAL and religious groups in Manila will launch a “National Day of Protest” on Monday’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.
    Militant Representatives Emmi de Jesus, Luzviminda Ilagan, Neri Colmenares, Terry Ridon and Antonio Tinio of the Nationalist Bloc will lead a protest march to Malacanang Palace.
    Individuals belonging to different political and religious groups will first converge in Plaza Lawton before marching to the historic Mendiola Bridge facing the gates of Malacanang Palace.
    The groups alleged that President Aquino violated the Constitution when his administration used the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds for its priority projects.
    Earlier on Thursday, Tinio urged public school teachers to wear armbands while the Senate finance committee was grilling Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) regarding DAP, which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
    Tinio represents the public school teachers in the Philippines at the Lower House.
    Later on the day, Tinio’s group filed the third impeachment complaint against President Aquino at the House of Representatives.
    Political analysts, however, believe that the impeachment complaints against Aquino will not materialize as the House of Representatives is dominated by his allies.

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