Despite of the busy schedule, President Rodrigo Duterte gave his time to talk with the leaders and members of activists group BAYAN in Malacañang Palace on Tuesday.
The delegation consisted of partylist representatives, farmers and workers and representatives from Mindanao.
The meeting, according to the social media post of BAYAN secretary Renato Reyes Jr. became more serious than the last meeting between them and President Rodrigo Duterte because they talked about the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao until the end of the year which the activists extremely opposed.
President Rodrigo Duterte meets the member of BAYAN
Photo: Renato Reyes Jr.
According to Reyes Jr. the President really wanted to extend Martial Law in Mindanao while the members of Bayan don’t want to extend it.
Despite of their opposition to the Martial Law in Mindanao, they clarified to the President that they don’t support the ISIS affiliated Maute Terrorist Group that attacked Marawi City.
They also talked about the militarization near the communities of Lumad, contractualization, free tuition in all State Universities and Colleges and land reform.
President Rodrigo Duterte received the letter from the old and sick political prisoners that the members of BAYAN asked to be freed by the government because of their worsening conditions.
Letters made by the political prisoners to President Duterte Photo: Renato Reyes Jr.
They submitted the 20-point urgent demands from the group and informed the President about the mass rally that planned to organize in Mendiola on Monday, the same day which Duterte would deliver his second State of the Nation Address.
Reyes Jr. expressed his disappointment to the result of their meeting, but thanked the President for the time that he gave for the meeting.
“Nais sana naming maghatid ng mas magandang balita sa mga kasama na naghihintay sa Mendiola, pero hindi ito ang sitwasyon. Matingkad kanina ang mga pagkakaiba sa mga mayor na isyu.” Reyes said in his Facebook post.
He said that it became more clearer that the activists must unite in Mendiola on Monday to voice out their message to the President.
“Matapos ang pag-uusap, lalong luminaw ang pangangailangan ng sama-sama at militanteng pagkilos para maipanalo ang mga kagyat na makabayan at demokratikong interes ng masa, at makamit ang pagbabago. Alam natin kung kanino tayo dapat umasa. Lalong luminaw ang pangangailangan para sa malaking pagkilos sa darating na SONA sa July 24, at marinig ang panawagan ng mamamayang lumalaban.”
The BAYAN secretary said that they determined to call for a democratic change and not for false promises by the government.
Meanwhile, Presidential Communications assistant secretary Mocha Uson reported that President Rodrigo Duterte allowed the activists to rally against him on Monday.
“Sige, mag-rally muna kayo, tapos mag-usap ulit tayo.” President Rodrigo Duterte told the members of BAYAN.
Despite of being called a dictator by some people, President Rodrigo Duterte repeatedly showed that he’s open for criticisms and even allowed her critics to enter Malacañang Palace.
On Monday President Rodrigo Duterte would deliver his second State of the Nation Address and showcase the achievement of the current administration in their first year.
Reports said that 15,000 people would participate to the rally on President Duterte’s SONA.
To maintain peace and order during the event, the Philippine National Police planned to deploy 6,300 police officers around Batasang Pambasa where President Duterte would deliver his SONA.
PNP Director General chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa also ordered the organization that there would be no shields or batons, or firearms for police officers tasked to manage to protesters.
The protesters were also allowed to do their program 15 to 20 meters near Batasang Pambansa.
Source: Renato Reyes, Mocha Uson Blog