Category: Press Releases and Statements

After the Supreme Court’s ruling junking the petitions seeking to nullify House Resolution (HR) 1109 calling for a constituent assembly (Con-ass) to amend the charter even without the Senate, a militant lawmaker called on the people to remain vigilant saying “this will surely incite Ms Arroyo’s allies to force the situation and convene her self-serving…

Detained peasant leader Randall Echanis today said President Macapagal-Arroyo’s so-called order abolishing the dreaded Inter-Agency Legal Action Group (IALAG) is not enough and urging the President to drop all charges against its victims. Reports said that the President has abolished the controversial IALAG that has been criticized by militant and cause-oriented groups for allegedly harassing…

Impunity is alive and well in the Philippines and has claimed the life of another journalist. On Tuesday, a lone assassin shot and stabbed dead radio commentator Crispin Perez of radio station dwDO outside his home in San Jose City, Occidental Mindoro province. He was the third journalist murdered this year and the 65th since…

The newly-formed Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan) today aired the possibility of a People Power-backed, minority-led mutiny in Congress if the House leadership insists on convening Congress into a constituent assembly under House Resolution 1109. Makabayan, which includes incumbent opposition party list groups Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela and Kabataan said massive protests and street actions…

Hours before the “Stop Gloria’s Con-Ass” Rally, environmentalists, scientists and indigenous peoples organizations will position themselves in front of Ninoy Aquino Monument and make rounds in Ayala and Buendia Avenue. This is to urge office workers and professionals in the area to join the big mobilization today against Charter Change (Cha-cha) through Constituent Assembly (Con-ass).…

MANILA — The Philippines has started to enter into what is effectively a recession since last year, according to research group IBON Foundation. This is considering not just the steeply dropping growth rates but also the rising joblessness and poverty in the country. Government officials have argued that the country is not in recession because…

PRESS STATEMENT June 3, 2009 We strongly denounce the railroading of the House of Representatives’ unconstitutional Resolution 1109 calling to convene Congress as a constituent assembly to amend the Philippine Constitution. We believe the resolution is intended to change the charter in order to strengthen Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s hold on the reins of power either through…

NEWS RELEASE June 3, 2009 Passage of charter change draws outrage from poor sectors Anakpawis solon to pro-Chacha solons, “stand-up, reveal yourselves, face the people and explain!” Anakpawis Rep. Joel Maglunsod challenged the congressmen who sided with the passage of the ‘unconstitutional and undemocratic’ House Resolution 1109 which transformed congress into a self-serving Constituent Assembly…

Press Statement – June 3, 2009 Reference: Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Javier Colmenares, 0917.8350459 Temporary Office: BESIDE Room 416, Ramon V. Mitra Bldg., House of Representatives, Quezon City Con Ass Resolution allows GMA to stay in power beyond 2010 Last night’s railroading of House Resolution 1109 upon Palace orders after the Lakas-Kampi merger, is added…