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June 8, 2009




Press Statement
9 June 2009


By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International League of Peoples' Struggle

On behalf of the International League of Peoples' Struggle and in coordination with its Philippine Chapter, I convey the firmest solidarity with and support for the Filipino people and all the patriotic forces that are outraged by House Resolution 1109 and are determined to stop the fake constituent assembly of the congressional asses of the Arroyo regime.

The broad masses of the people have all the right to be indignant and exert every effort to thwart the “con-ass” scheme. The evil purpose of this machination is to perpetuate the Arroyo regime under the pretext of adopting a parliamentary system and make the most blatant anti-national and anti-democratic amendments to the 1987 constitution of the reactionary state. Anything goes once the “con-ass” fast break gets underway!

The congressional asses of the regime have announced that their main interest is to carry out constitutional amendments for letting foreign investors acquire ownership and control over all natural resources and economic enterprises to the extent of 100 per cent and to sell out the economic sovereignty and national patrimony of the Filipino people.

The regime and its congressional asses seem to be oblivious of the economic and social devastation already wrought by so-called neoliberal globalization through de-nationalization, liberalization, privatization and deregulation in favor of the monopoly capitalists and their big comprador agents.

The regime and its congressional asses are also hell-bent on letting US and other foreign military forces unrestricted stay and operations in the Philippines and on doing away with the constitutional provisions against the basing of foreign military forces and nuclear, chemical, biological and other weapons of mass destruction.

The Arroyo regime intends to remove the constitutional restraints on martial law, emergency rule and violations of human rights. It seeks to undercut the formal guarantees of civil and political liberties in the bill of rights. Driven by its desire to keep and enlarge its ill-gotten wealth and by its fear of future prosecution for corruption, the Arroyo ruling clique is obsessed with perpetuating itself in power, engaging in state terrorism and being propped up by US economic and military power.

The broad masses of the Filipino people are justly seething with anger over the evil scheme of “charter change” through “constituent assembly” monopolized by the congressional asses of the Arroyo regime. The broad united front of forces against the scheme includes the patriotic and progressive mass organizations of workers, peasants, urban poor, fisher folk, indigenous people, women and youth, the civic and professional associations, the religious institutions, the opposition parties, the anti-Arroyo government officials and the military and police officers.

I look forward to the success of the protest rallies at Ayala Avenue in Makati and other places on June 10 as the opening salvo for more massive and militant protest mass actions. Whatever is the degree of success at mass mobilization on Wednesday, the people and the broad united front must exert all efforts to increase the number, fervor and scale of participants in the further protest mass actions to be undertaken in the national capital region and in the entire country.

We must learn the best methods of arousing, organizing and mobilizing the people from the most successful protest mass actions in recent Philippine history, including the First Quarter Storm of 1970 and the mass actions of 1970 to 1972, the anti-fascist mass campaign from 1983 to 1986, the funeral marches for Aquino in 1983 and for Olalia in 1986 and the mass uprisings of 1986 and 2001.

We must not be satisfied with only one big meeting away from the presidential palace. We must have several major assembly points, whose rallyists march to and converge on the big meeting that is relatively close to the palace and has the option to close in on it. Remember that in the 1986 overthrow of Marcos, when most of the BAYAN people were at EDSA, the people mostly from Kilusang Mayo Uno and the League of Filipino Students concentrated on Mendiola in order to ultimately break through the barricades.

Also in 2001 the incumbent president decided to call it quits when he saw tens of thousands of youth led by Anakbayan and the student organizations marching from Edsa and nearing the palace. It is a favorable circumstance that several schools, colleges and universities are in the vicinity of the palace. Properly and effectively aroused and mobilized, the student masses cannot be stopped from occupying the streets, plazas and churchyards that are relatively close to the presidential palace.

It is not enough to have big mass actions only in the national capital region. It is necessary to have Lakbayans from Central and Southern Luzon. It is necessary to hold the mass actions nationwide in all provincial cities, capitals and major towns. And before the day of the big rally, it is necessary to hold build up rallies in particular communities, factories, farms, schools and parishes.

Because the people are faced with a treasonous, corrupt and bloodthirsty regime in hubris, it is necessary to outstrip the successful protest actions and campaigns in recent Philippine history in terms of arousing, organizing and mobilizing the broad masses of the people and persuading the military and police of the reactionary state to respect the democratic rights of the people, particularly the freedom of speech and assembly, and not to follow orders from above to inflict violence on the people and violate their human rights.###





The photos correspond to the list of the congressmen who endorsed the Con-Ass resolution.


Click here to download the Con-Ass resolution


A representaive is addressed Honorable So and So. They do look very honorable and very respectable ladies and gentilemen when clad in their formal attire. But remembering how they railroaded the Con-Ass at midnight, we immediately recall this poem by the late National Artist  Amado V. Hernandez:


Ayon kay Darwin
ni Amado V. Hernandez

National Artist

Nakita ng bata ang unggoy sa hardin
"Bakit walang damit?", ang patakang tanong
Ang amang nagbasa ng aklat ni Darwin
Sa bunso'y ganito ang maliksing tugon:

"Pag binihisan mo ang unggoy na yan
Saka isinakay sa magarang awto
Laking alingasngas kung mapagkamalan
Na isang kagawad ng ating Kongreso!"




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The State Terror That Is the Constitutional Assembly
Statement of the Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND)
June 8, 2009

When an incumbent president is guilty of graft and corruption, massive electoral fraud, human rights violations and the worst forms of complicity to imperialist plunder and violence, any move that will indefinitely extend her power must be opposed absolutely.

The formation of a Constituent Assembly that will eventually adopt changes to the Constitution is yet another attempt by the U.S.-Arroyo regime to use the rule of law as a means for felonious ends.

Macapagal-Arroyo' s Cha-Cha sideswipes our historic struggle for peaceful and and progressive Philippines.

What is at stake in opposing the Macapagal-Arroyo- sponsored
Constituent Assembly is our right and responsibility to defend the people's democratic rights. While the current constitution is not perfect, it is only through the democratic exercise of our freedoms can we determine the changes needed for the rule of law to serve the people.

The proposed Charter Change (Cha-Cha) poses a threat to the hard-won provisions enshrined in the 1987 Philippine Constitution which addresses the abuse of military power and the fascist character of a government that only protects the interest of the ruling elite. The prohibition against the permanent settlement of military troops and their engagement in combat exercises within our territory is the people's vow to defend national sovereignty. Arroyo's fascistic regime, however, can only run to its imperialist master to reinforce and inflict its perverse sense of law and order. With more that 1,000 victims of extra-judicial killings and more than 200 people disappeared since Arroyo assumed office in 2001, it is our most urgent task to expose the most brutal forms of torture and killing this regime has unleashed and thwart all sorts of maneuvers for Arroyo to sow state terror beyond 2010.

Provisions against foreign ownership of public lands and utilities in the current Constitution are a testament to our commitment to national industrialization. Yet Cha-Cha attempts to lift provisions that protect Philippine economy from unlimited foreign economic domination. Amid the toughest of times, what we need are job security, domestic growth and access to social services. Arroyo's Cha-Cha totally eradicates our claims to these constitutional rights in its bid to allow the most powerful foreign entities to exploit our natural resources. Cha-Cha's absurd purpose is to further empower foreign corporations to operate, gain absolute control over and rake profits from utilities such as electricity, communications and water. Instead of genuine change, Arroyo's Cha-Cha aims to further entrench the neoliberal doctrine gleaned in the new provisions' bias for foreign and private big business to take control over public utilities and our democratic institutions.

The Constituent Assembly that will pave the way for Arroyo's Cha-Cha is nothing but the ruling clique's means to manage the systemic crisis and the overwhelming opposition to the oppressive system that it generates from the people. The Arroyo regime is making use of an erstwhile formula tried and proven to be bankrupt: it aims to manipulate the legal structure for the same to set the limits to the contradictory forces that, with our decisive intervention, would turn Philippine society around.

CONTEND strongly condemns the congressional lapdogs of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo responsible for yet another obscene fraud committed against the people. We call on our fellow educators to arouse, mobilize and organize among our colleagues and students to join the thousands upon thousands of angry yet hopeful voices demanding for justice, freedom and democracy.

Oppose the Arroyo-led Constituent Assembly, JUNK CHA-CHA!
Down With Imperialist Plunder! Up With Our Struggle for National Sovereignty!
End Macapagal Arroyo's fascist regime, OUST GMA!
Join the June 10 Makati rally to Junk Con Ass, 5 pm,
Corner of Ayala and Paseo de Roxas

The Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy or CONTEND is a progressive organization of academics based in the University of the Philippines- Diliman.

www.freeweb. com/upcontend/











“For fools speak folly, and their minds plot iniquity: to practice
ungodliness, to utter error concerning the Lord, to leave the craving of the
hungry unsatisfied, and to deprive the thirsty of drink. The villainies of
villains are evil; they devise wicked devices to ruin the poor with lying
words, even when the plea of the needy is right.”  (Isaiah 32: 6-7)*







The moment has invited   us once again to come together as faithfuls  and declare  our honest and strong condemnation on   the recent move of the Lower House for a Constitutional Assembly and the continued

schemed for  Charter change obviously designed and backed up by Malacanang.


The  waves of protests and dissatisfaction over this manipulation  and contempt on our constitution   echo  righteous  indignation  of the people.  We  too are  being called to publicly declare  our  prophetic pronouncement.





Wednesday - June 10, 2009


l        Assembly time for the  ecumenical community:

3:00PM*Paseo de Roxas cor Makati Ave.


l        Interfaith Prayer and Program

5:00PM*Paseo de Roxas cor Ayala



For information call up 9251786




Video clips on Con-Ass

 The Cha-Cha and Con-Ass Scandals Tv Patrol On the street reactions on Con-Ass, Right to Reply Bill, Cha-Cha and Hayden Kho Tv Patrol
Gabriela Video: Boses ng Masa Laban sa Cha Cha  
The ConAss Con Game Philippine Independence Day Rally.Madison Avenue,NYC,New York


Prometheus Bound
Counting the crowd
Giovanni Tapang, Ph.D.

Crowd estimates figure in most news reports after a big mobilization or event. Every time a sizeable mass action has been conducted, whether in Mendiola, Ayala or Edsa, conflicting estimates are issued that either downplay or magnify the data. The politics of the count is obvious as strength in numbers is a statement in itself.

Is there some way to effectively quantify the size of the crowd in a mobilization?

The most common and practicable way is to measure the area covered by the protest and count according to some density estimate, the number of those who attended at a certain time. This estimation is most easily done with overhead shots and areal surveys. Although it would tend to have a bias against those who are under some shelter or inside a building, this estimation would give a rough guide on the size of the crowd.

Crowd density estimates stem from the fact that people would tend to occupy around a quarter of a square meter in a very crowded space. This translates to around four (4) individuals comfortably standing within a square meter. Lower crowd density means a larger space between each person. We should also note that crowd density is usually not uniform, except in very crowded areas, and will taper off from the central hub of activity in the mobilization.

The time when the estimate was made is also important as crowds are dynamic systems. Making an estimate at only one point in time can lead to a different count if it is taken at the peak of the event or near the end. Over a period of time, the crowd size can swell or ebb due to people coming in and out of the assembly area.

A relatively organized contingent would have their members limit this movement both for security and to provide organization in a big mobilization. Marshalls are usually assigned to monitor people coming in the hanay and to limit members that loiter around. Militant groups such as those under BAYAN has this honed to an art and thus their numbers stay relatively intact until the end of the program.

Other methods include counting directly from real time closed circuit TV (CCTV) which the PNP has announced they would deploy. This is difficult at best as the visual information in these CCTV is limited due to its small field of view, Some other methods would extrapolate the number from the amount of artifacts (read: trash) left by the crowd. It is also common practice for the organizers to have reports of attendance from their contingents from which they empirically base their attendance estimates.►






The Ayala area where the broad anti-Con-Ass mobilizations were held can be divided into 5 major areas. Section A is the area of Ayala going towards Herrera. Section B is the central area of the intersection, section C is along Paseo de Roxas facing the stage, section D is the side of Ayala towards Makati Avenue/EDSA and section E is the area behind the stage. Additional side areas such as the corner underneath HSBC building and other corners are collectively taken together. Note that sidewalks and other establishments are not included even though there are people that would stand there during the mobilizations.

The maximum that these areas can hold at 4 per square meter would be 89,000 individuals. Engr. Mon Ramirez of AGHAM computed the maximum to reach 300,000 if we include the whole stretch of Ayala from De La Rosa until EDSA, the whole of Paseo and Makati Avenue.

One should also include in the total estimate a factor that would take into account those people that came in late as others were leaving the event. In last year's rally this “replacement” crowd maintained the crowd size relatively stable until early evening. Makati employees and other groups replaced those who left early in the program. We can use a “replacement” factor of 20% to include those who came in late as well as those who were not counted by the estimation (in the establishments, on the sidewalks, etc).

If it was the crowd size that is to be the target, areas like EDSA or multiple staging areas would be good places to assemble instead of Ayala. This shows that the message in the mobilizations against the Con-Ass at Ayala is the breadth of forces that were mobilized in addition to taking a count of the size of the crowd. The groups of religious, business, militants and the opposition attending the rallies have broadened since a few years ago. Who protested is as important as to how many came in the rally.

Dr. Tapang is the chairperson of AGHAM. As this article was written before the mobilization against the Con-Ass, preliminary crowd estimates are currently posted in www.agham.org.




June 8, 2009
Reference: Kabataan Party-list Rep. Mong Palatino, 09085927099, cong.mongpalatino@gmail.com
Jose Cosido, Media Officer, 09235037264

Different kind of virus to spread on June 10
Solon urges students to transform Ayala into ‘one giant classroom’

Kabataan Party-list Rep. Mong Palatino today said that classes may have been suspended due to precautions over the AHN1 virus but a different kind of virus is spreading among youth and students.

“Precautionary measures over the AHN1 have caused the delay of the start of classes in colleges and universities  this Monday but a more contagious virus is spreading among our youth and students today. It is the A-CA virus, the anti-constituent assembly virus, and more and more are being afflicted and there’s nothing we could do to  stop it,” Palatino said.

Palatino said that youth and students have all the reasons to be outraged over the blatant railroading of the  con-ass resolution by administration allies in Congress.

“We simply cannot allow con-ass to push through. The Arroyos and their allies can bribe or utilize government  agencies all they want but they will be defeated by the defiance and collective action of our youth and our people.  The only way to stop this atrocity is to go out and protest,” Palatino said.

Palatino also called on students to make good use of the unexpected vacation from school and join the Ayala  protest on June 10.

“Let us transform Ayala into one giant classroom. Walang klase pero doon tayo magklase sa lansangan. June 10  will be more educational and informative of the country’s current political state than all our lectures in school  combined,” said Palatino.

Palatino also called on school administrations that are against con-ass and charter change to encourage their  students to join the June 10 protest. ###



June 8, 2009
Reference Person: Anton Dulce, Media Officer, 09151127148

ANAKBAYAN to soldiers, cops: Do your duty, side with the people

“Your duty is to the people. On June 10, they are in Ayala, not in Malacañang.”

This was the message of ANAKBAYAN chairperson Ken Ramos to members of the Armed Forces of the  Philippines and Philippine National Police two days before the huge anti-Charter Change rally in Ayala, Makati.

“The best guarantee against a Martial Law scenario is to have the soldiers and police marching side-by-side with  us peacefully” he said.

Ramos mocked the statement AFP spokesman Romeo Brawner Jr. for soldiers to remain ‘non-partisan’,  ‘professional’, and not participate in the June 10 rally.

“Look who’s talking. Extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, corruption such as in the Balikatan funds: is  this what Brawner is referring to as ‘professionalism’?. Joining the June 10 rally is the least the soliders could do  to salvage the name of an institution (the AFP) which has long been bloodstained” said Ramos.

Ramos called on to the rank-and-file soliders and cops to defy ‘any and all’ orders to stop, disperse, prevent,  and/or harass anti-Chacha protests.

“Kapag inalis ang inyong uniform, kita naman na wala tayong pinagkaiba. You suffer from low wages and the high  cost of goods and education, just like us. That’s why when you train your guns and water cannons at us, para  narin yung mga kapamilya niyo ang tinutukan niyo” said Ramos.

Ramos said the typical member of the two institutions has nothing to gain from Chacha, only high-ranking officials  saying “Gusto nilang tumagal sa pwesto si GMA para tumagal rin ang pangungurakot nila. Hindi naman gaganda  kalagayan ng bansa. If GMA couldn’t do it in eight years, she can’t do it even with 10 or more years”.###



June 8, 2009
Reference Person: Anton Dulce, Media Officer, 09151127148

Youth group challenges pro-Chacha officials, lawmakers: Join our classes on June 10

“Ganito kami sa June 10, matututo. Sana pati kayo”

This was the challenge of ANAKBAYAN chairperson Ken Ramos to Administration officials and pro-Admin  lawmakers: to learn alongside the youth why, and how, they oppose Charter Change.

Ramos presented a ‘curriculum for the day’, which included topics such as: perspectives of various sectors  regarding Charter Change, how it will affect them, how Gloria Arroyo’s term can be extended, and various ways to  show one’s opposition to Chacha.

“From flooding their cellphone and email inboxes to boycotting them on the 2010 elections, It will be good for  pro-Chacha lawmakers and officials to hear first-hand how the youth plans to punish them for going against the  people’s will” said Ramos.

“Baka sakaling matauhan sila” he added.

Ramos meanwhile continued to stress the importance of the youth’s participation on June 10, saying “Hindi na  tanong kung ayaw mo sa Chacha o hindi. Tanong na ito kung bakit dapat kumilos na tayo, at kung ano ang  pwede nating gawin”.

Ramos said they would also be holding discussions on ‘campaign training’, so that the June 10 participants will  be able to hold their own activities in their communities, and in their schools once classes start on June 15.

“Expect more protests on June 15 and beyond. And if the Administration is set to convene the Constituent  Assembly by July, we are also prepared to convene ‘campus strikes’ on that month” warned Ramos. ###



8 June 2009
Reference: Garry Martinez, Chairperson, 09217229740
Ailyn Abdula, Media Officer, 09212708994

Hold remittances if con-ass convenes – Migrante

The biggest alliance of OFWs across the globe warns President Arroyo and the proponents of the Constitutional  Assembly that Filipinos in different countries are getting ready to suspend sending their money to the Philippines  if the constituent assembly convenes.

Migrante International claims that it will exert all efforts to stop the convening of the constituent assembly that  they believe will pave the way for President Arroyo’s dictatorial regime similar to that of President Marcos’  dictatorship during the 70’s.

“What is at stake here is the lives and future of our children. We will not let our hard-earned money be utilized by  Arroyo’s constituent assembly. This act will surely plunge our country back to the dark years of the Marcos dictatorship,” Garry Martinez, chairperson of Migrante International, exclaimed.

Martinez stated that OFWs were outraged when Congress passed House Resolution 1109 last Tuesday calling members of the Lower House to convene as a constituent assembly to revise the constitution.

“We have already received a deluge of statements from our chapters and Filipino communities abroad. They are  already urging us to coordinate an international campaign to stop this mockery of a people’s initiative,” Martinez  stated.

The group claims that Overseas Filipinos are disgusted not only with the ulterior motives of the accomplices of  Arroyo in Congress but also with the manner it was deviously passed.

“Arrogant, scheming, and corrupt are the first three words to describe the prime movers of this dastardly act. The  only beneficiary of this diabolic scheme is Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who is so desperate to remain in power in  order to escape her imminent prosecution of her crimes against the Filipino people,” Martinez added.

The group explained that the no-term-extension provision and the guarantee to hold the 2010 election are only  ploys to make the railroading of the HR 1109 more palatable.

But Martinez voiced what many other sectors feared; “Once they convene the Con-Ass, all provisions in the  Constitution are open for amendments, including term extension.”

“We are calling on all OFWs to actively participate in bringing this evil plan to history’s waste bin where it truly  belongs. We have sent the names of the proponents of HR 1109 to all our members so they will know who  betrayed them.” Martinez added. “If Arroyo and her lapdogs pursue their diabolic plan, we intend to make our  voices be heard where it will be heard most.”

According to the central bank, remittances from overseas Filipinos reached a record $1.47 billion in March. While  in 2008, it has recorded that Filipinos working overseas sent home US$16.4 billion — 13.7 percent more than in
the previous year.###





June 7, 2009
Reference Person: Anton Dulce, Media Officer, 09151127148

Despite suspension of classes, youth group vows to spread ‘virus’

“Don’t self-quarantine your outrage, infect everyone with your desire for change.”

This was the message of ANAKBAYAN chairperson Ken Ramos as he urged youths today to join anti-Chacha  protests despite the CHED order moving the opening of classes to June 15.

“Like a real virus, outrage against the railroading of HR 1109 is infectious. But unlike swine flu, we want it to  spread. It won’t infect anyone if we stay at home and/or stay silent. That’s why we urged everyone to go out and  make themselves heard” said Ramos.

Ramos presented several ways how the youth could ‘spread the virus’.

“Tell everyone you know you’re against Chacha. Spread it through text and the internet. Make your own  anti-Chacha artworks and stick them anywhere, whether its cyberspace or real-space. Make your own  ‘anti-Chacha freedom wall’ so other people can express themselves. If you see If you’re driving and encountered a  street protest, beep your horn to show your support. You could even organize your own noise barrage near your  home or school, preferrably every 11:09. But most of all, join the protest on June 10”.

Meanwhile, Ramos had the opposite advice to Palace officials, telling them to ‘shut up’ and ‘put themselves in  self-quarantine’.

“They have symptoms of ‘Gloria flu’, such as compulsive lying to the Filipino people. They say that they had no  hand in the railroading of HR 1109, that Con-Ass will not be used to extend Gloria’s term, etc. But Gloria said  way back in 2001 that she would not push for Chacha. She also said in 2004 she would not run for president. For  the sake of the country’s health, they should just shut up and put themselves in self-quarantine”.



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"When God created the ass he gave him a thick skin."






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