Tinig ng Plaridel is the Official Student Publication of the UP College of Mass Communication.
INFOCUS: PEOPLE’S SONA 2012
by Lois Joy Guinmapang
Violence ensued in the “SONA ng Bayan” when thousands of militant activists knocked down several fences along Commonwealth Avenue in an attempt to gain access to Batasang Pambansa, where President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III delivered his third State of the Nation Address.
Rocks, leftovers, and shards of glass flew midair as the authorities attempted to barricade the mob. The incident left 40 people injured, 8 sent to the hospital.
Several groups of teachers, students, farmers, and workers used the event to air their dissent on issues such as K-12, mining, political prisoners, impunity, lack of transparency, and the non-passage of the RH bill.