What is the real State of the Nation in 2008?

Tomorrow, de facto President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers her 8th State of the Nation Address surrounded outside Congress and nationwide by protests.

In preparation, the youth group LFS sent out this video together with its full lyrics:

The protests start 10:00 am with a march from Tandang Sora/Luzon towards Capitol Hills Estate, just before St. Peter’s Church. The march will be led by a papier mache effigy of Arroyo that would be burned later in the day.

Multisectoral group Bayan leads the mass actions, with Bayan chair Carol Pagaduan Araullo saying today that

There is an undeniable and gaping mismatch between reality – where an increasing number of Filipinos struggle daily to survive – and Arroyo’s SONA, which paints a bright present and an even brighter future under the regime

Arroyo, in her eight years of rule, has a lot to answer for. Not only has she robbed us of our money and our vote, she has also robbed us of our right to live a decent and secure life. We need to fight back and make the Arroyo regime accountable for its crimes. This is a struggle that we must pursue if we are to truly move forward as a people.

Bayan’s national situationer may be downloaded here.

Students are expected to come out in droves to join the protests, with PUP hoping to blunt this by suspending classes in all its campuses and branches on Monday.

Transport drivers will also make their voices heard through jeepney strikes in Central Luzon and Bicol.

Former Arroyo government officials-turned-critics have also identified their former principal’s “seven curses”.

Nationwide, most Filipinos distrust the President, according to the latest survey.

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