June 3, 2009
Immediate fire vs Cha-cha set in Mendiola tomorrow
Anakpawis party-list Representative Rafael Mariano today called on the Filipino people to express outrage and join the peasant led protest action against President Macapagal-Arroyo – instigated constituent assembly tomorrow at Mendiola Bridge.
“Tomorrow’s protest action at Mendiola will be the peasantry’s immediate fire against Ms Arroyo’s heinous plan to stay in Malacanang forever,” Mariano said.
Mariano, who also chairs the militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, said the peasant led protests will be “a portent of things to come once Ms Arroyo and her congressmen allies convene as a constituent assembly.”
“The people’s fire and fury will escalate in the next few days in the run up to Ms Arroyo’s last State of the Nation Address,” the militant lawmaker said.
Mariano also lambasted the House-approved “con-ass” as “it will pave the way for the 100 per cent foreign ownership of lands that will dislocate our farmers”.
Mariano said tomorrow’s protest action will highlight the people’s disgust against the extension of Ms Arroyo’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program saying “extending the anti-peasant CARP fuels the peasantry’s anger against the pro-landlord Arroyo administration.”
He said that more than 2,000 farmers, fishers, and rural poor from Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon will be joined by genuine agrarian reform advocates and other militant groups in the National Capital Region in tomorrow’s protest.
Earlier, the United Opposition (UNO) called for protest actions beginning Monday against the railroading of House Resolution 1109 calling for a constituent assembly (Con-ass) to amend the Constitution, even without the consent of the Senate.
UNO president and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay said in a statement on Tuesday that he called for an emergency meeting of UNO, people’s organizations and civil society groups on Wednesday, to map out plans to show the people’s indignation over Con-ass. #
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