SONA ng Bayan — The People’s State of the Nation Address
Resist Imperialism and State Terror in the Philippines
Sunday, July 26 — 5:00-7:00 pm
Parc Mackenzie-King Hosted by Anakbayan Montreal Facebook
Sunday, July 26 — 4:30-7:00 pm
Bathurst and Wilson Parkette Hosted by BAYAN Canada, Toronto Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines and others Facebook
Sunday, July 26 — 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Philippine Embassy in Canada, 30 Murray St. Hosted by Anakbayan Ottawa Facebook
Sunday, July 26 — 2:00 -4:00 pm
Joyce-Collingwood Stn, Joyce St. at Vanness Ave. Hosted by Sulong UBC and Migrante BC Facebook
This year, President Rodrigo Duterte’s 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) will be held in the Philippines on July 27. It takes place in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the worst economic crisis in history, and the fascist repression of the people under de-facto martial rule. Organizers of the SONA ng Bayan (the People’s SONA) point out that “Every year, the President of the Philippines fails to address the worsening conditions and the people’s needs. When they fail to acknowledge the calls of the people, we will speak up.” They call on Filipinos in the diaspora and all peace- and justice-loving people in Canada to “mobilize the largest and broadest front for the day of the SONA. Let us make this a Day of Reckoning, a Day of Judgment against the U.S.-Duterte regime.”
SONA ng Bayan, or People’s SONA, is part of a coordinated campaign organized by BAYAN Canada with activities happening across Canada. The events will feature speakers representing different sectors of overseas Filipinos, as well as solidarity speakers.
Physical distancing and safety protocols will be practiced at the events.