SONA 2016: Progressives hold biggest rally, applaud some of Duterte’s pronouncements

TENS of thousands of activists from all over the Philippines gathered in front of the House of Representatives to hold the biggest State of the Nation Address rally in decades.

Allowed to march as close to the venue of President Rodrigo Duterte’s first SONA speech, the rally was also the most peaceful in years.

The activists applauded some of Duterte’s pronouncements, specifically on the lowering of income taxes and unilateral declaration of ceasefire with the New People’s Army.