Casino among injured in SONA rally

A renewal of vows.
 
This was how former Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teodoro “Teddy” Casino described his first public appearance since he lost in the senatorial race last May 13.
 
Casino, who joined a rally when President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III delivered his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA), was seen injured in a bloody dispersal of protesters last Monday.
 
But he clarified bruised arms were the only souvenirs he got from the tussle between leftist rallyists and policemen.
 
“Napukpok ang braso kaya ngayon, nagkapasa saka namamaga. Pero hindi sa akin yung dugo. Mukhang galing yun sa one of the injured na hinila namin (papalayo sa rally),” Casino said.
 
Casino said protesters felt betrayed when police violently pushed them back while they were trying to negotiate where to hold their program for the SONA rally.
 
Casino told Yahoo! Southeast Asia that cops talking to protesters promised to inform them if their commander would allow them to hold their program beyond the designated area.
 
“Relaxed kami dun naghihintay na lang. Tapos bigla na lang may nanunulak sa hanay namin. Even yung mga pulis sa frontlines, nagulat sila. Sinasabi nila sa amin na sa likod nanggagaling,” he said.
 
“Parang may treachery eh. Kasi hindi yun ang pinag-usapan. Sabi namin kung hindi kayo agreeable, i-advise nyo lang kami. Eh bigla na lang silang nanulak,” Casino added.
 
This is the first time that Casino joined a rally since he participated in a similar event when former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada was still in power. At the same time, Casino complained that President Aquino’s SONA was more of a pep talk than a game plan with concrete policy statements on how to achieve inclusive growth.
 
“As expected, all good news (were highlighted) but really, some of them are old news. Our economic problems like job creations and hunger rates, he failed to address. It’s still there,” Casino said.

He also expressed disappointment with President Aquino for failing to address the new controversy on the P10-billion pork barrel scam that involved lawmakers and senators among others.     

Filipino anti-riot policemen clash against protesters attempting to reach the Philippine Congress in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 22 July 2013, hours before the state of the nation ... more 
Filipino anti-riot policemen clash against protesters attempting to reach the Philippine Congress in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 22 July 2013, hours before the state of the nation address (SONA) of Philippine president Benigno Aquino III. Dozens of protesters and police were injured in clashes ahead of President Aquino III's state of the nation address, leaving dozens injured. The demonstrators tried to break police barricades about 2 kilometres from the House of Representatives compound. At least 26 demonstrators and 20 police officers were hurt, according to paramedics. less 
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Tue 23 Jul, 2013 12:30 PM IST

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