Makabayan bloc Representatives Sarah Elago (Kabataan) and her guests, Ferdinand Gaite (Bayan Muna), and Arlene Brosas (Gabriela) had their SONA 2019 attire props confiscated by security forces inside the House of Representatives prior to the start of the State of the Nation Address. Those include the sashes worn by Rep. Elago and her guests calling for the protection of national sovereignty and to stop the killings, Rep. Gaite’s barong which had the call to End Endo painted on, and Rep. Brosas’ fan which had the call “Serbisyo sa Tao, Huwag gawing Negosyo”.
This does not only attack the democratic rights of our Makabayan representatives to express the genuine calls of the people inside the halls of Congress, but this is an attack to the real state of the nation of the people. Instead of allowing the representatives to openly bring light to the call of the people, security forces decide to confiscate these materials on no solid basis.
As this repression occurred to our representatives, thousands of people from various sectors have continued to intensify the calls and struggles of the people in the United Peoples’ SONA outside of Congress.