By Benjie Cuaresma

On Thursday, a gathering of militant groups took place on Mendiola Bridge, advocating for improved working conditions and a “livable living wage.”

Carrying placards high in the air and accompanied by the rhythmic beats of drums, the leaders of these street parliamentarians took to the microphone one by one, voicing their concerns about what they perceive as inadequate working conditions and insufficient wages, which they believe have been disregarded by the current Marcos administration.

The protest rally, organized by the prominent women’s group Gabriela, served as a prelude to President Marcos’ second State of the Nation Address (SONA) scheduled for Monday, 24 July 2023.

The demonstrators also expressed their opposition to the recent signing of the contentious Maharlika Investment Fund, adding to the issues they seek to address.

After airing their grievances passionately at Morayta St. and Mendiola, the demonstrators peacefully disbanded, ending their protest for the day. (ai/mnm)