By Jon Benedik Bunquin
Thousands marched toward Batasang Pambansa to deliver their assessment of the Aquino administration in a People’s SONA led by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) on 25 July 2011.
Artists and different organizations created a giant rotten egg inspired by the “penoy”, reflecting Aquino’s performance during his first year of presidency. The egg is also the grade given by different groups to Aquino’s leadership. The effigy was burned down as part of the mass demonstration program later that afternoon.
There were also cultural presentations, song numbers, speeches and a rap battle between pro- and anti-administration performers. Protesters delivered issues on human rights violations, unemployment, land reform, poverty and economic prescriptions such as the public-private partnerships.