Activists Vow to Mount Protest vs Cha-cha


The umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan- New Patriotic Alliance) vowed to mount a new wave of protest actions when the House of Representatives resumes session, April 13.

House Speaker Prospero Nograles has announced that he will file a new charter change resolution signed by 175 lawmakers when session resumes.

Renato M. Reyes, Jr. , Bayan secretary general said, “The Arroyo regime has not learned its lesson. It continues to test the people’s patience by insisting that it can change the constitution at this time, through highly questionable means and with self-serving ends.”

The group said various opposition groups are ready to launch street actions.

“It won’t be hard for the same groups to come together again if ever the Palace insists on Charter change. The issue of term extension or changing the form of government has refused to die down. A united response from the people will again be necessary,” Reyes said.

Reyes said that even as the Palace ‘pretends to distance itself from Cha-cha, everyone knows Malacañang is the chief orchestrator and Gloria Arroyo is the main beneficiary of such move.’

Reyes branded as “incredulous” the statement of presidential son and Pampanga Congressman Mikey Arroyo that he is only interested in amending the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.

The group said that the only way for Charter change to be truly dead is to withdraw all pending resolutions in the House of Representatives. “But what we’re seeing it the opposite. They keep filing resolutions for charter change,” Reyes said. (

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