People’s caravan heads to Manila from Bicol

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DARAGA, Albay: The People’s Caravan for Just and Lasting Peace from Mindanao and Bicol regions unite for the first time in Albay before heading to Manila to show their solid support to President Rodrigo Duterte.

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The human chain of solidarity of progressive movements from Mindanao and Bicol convened at Busay village in Daraga town on Thursday afternoon where the caravan of at least 10,000 people will be heading to Manila to take part in Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

Dan Balucio, spokesman for Bayan Bicol, said leaders of the progressive organizations in the region await Lakbayan delegates from Mindanao at Matnog port in Sorsogon before proceeding to Daraga to meet the Albayanos.

“We are pushing for the People’s Agenda for Change and support the upcoming peace talks between President Duterte and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. A just and lasting peace can only be achieved if there will be meaningful changes in society, if the roots of the armed conflict are substantially addressed,” Balucio added.

Bayan-Bicol “Lakbayan para sa Kapayapaan” met at least 3, 000 people from Mindanao who embarked for the caravan on July 18.

About 5,000 Bicolanos will take part in the SONA on July 25 through the Lakbayan: People’s Caravan for Just and Lasting Peace along with the people of Mindanao.

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