8 lawmakers walk out of SONA

Posted at 07/28/14 4:42 PM

MANILA - At least eight representatives from the Makabayan bloc in Congress, mostly consisting of leftist party-list groups, walked out even before President Aquino started his 5th State of the Nation Address.

Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares said the walkout is a symbol of their protests of Aquino's alleged blatant disregard of the powers of Congress when the administration instituted the disbursement acceleration program.

The group, who were all wearing peach colored dresses or barongs, recently endorsed the impeachment complaint against the President.

They said they are tired of hearing lies from the President and they would rather give their own SONA in the streets where various groups are staging their rallies.

They insist that the President must be held liable for allegedly blatantly violating the constitution.