After the simplest and thriftiest SONA was another historical moment where Duterte eats merienda with Militante leaders. This was said to be another something “first ” in all the SONA’s that were held in the past.
In his FB account, Bayan (Bagong Alyansang Makabayan) leader Renato Reyes Jr. posted photos of him and his group, face to face with Duterte over merienda snacks.
Reyes said in his caption -“We were seated at the island along Batasan Road, resting while waiting for the pack up of the stage when we were approached by the PNP who asked us to go with them. The PNP did not say where and why. We just followed thinking they wanted to just discuss something. Turns out we were brought to a lounge where the President was waiting. He wanted to meet the activists gathered outside. Many had left though. Kami ni Beng yung na-pick up ng PNP. The Midnanao delegation had to walk back to Batasan to catch up as they too were going home. In the meeting with the President, we talked about peace and how the president wanted to devote more resources to social services once the armed conflict was resolved. He talked about how the Lumad can return home without fear for their safety. It was a long meeting, starting at 7pm and ending at 830pm. It was a gesture we truly appreciated. A lot of firsts indeed in the president’s first SONA.”
Before this Duterte eats merienda with Militante leaders memorable moment, Reyes and group of protesters staged a peaceful a rally on Batasan Road .
It was another breakthrough for this year’s SONA for in recent administrations, the rally was only up to Commonwealth Avenue.
Here are the photos. (c) Renato Reyes Jr. FB