Teachers across the country mounted a protest action today dubbed as “Black armband Friday” to demand increase in their salary and to condemn President Benigno Aquino III’s “arrogant defense” of his controversial use of government savings called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Progressive groups have set a series of street protests this week to expose the “lies and failure of the government in addressing corruption, poverty, national security, human rights and environment” in time for President Benigno Aquino III’s 4th State of Nation Address (Sona) on July 28.
In the wake of the controversy on the disbursement of government savings, various teachers’ groups on Friday pressed the Aquino administration to increase the salary and incentives of public school teachers, saying “the government has neglected the education sector particularly the public school teachers since President Aquino rose to power four years ago.”
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines said it lost 14 New People’s Army members during a “simultaneous raid to crush three private army groups” Tuesday in Agusan del Sur.
The New People’s Army launched several tactical offensives Tuesday in Caraga region and in Compostela Valley province.