June 9, 2009
Roman Catholic and Protestant Church Leaders to Urge Flocks:
Join Anti Con-ass Rally in Makati!
Roman Catholic and Protestant church leaders in a press conference today
announced that they will urge their respective flocks to join the protest
rally in Makati against the Malacańang-backed move of the majority in
Congress to convene a Constituent Assembly (Con-ass). They also signified
that they will be present at the said rally on June 10, 2009, at 5:00p.m.
at Paseo de Roxas cor. Ayala, Makati.
Fr. Rex Reyes Jr., General Secretary of the National Council of Churches
in the Philippines (NCCP), stated that the church leaders will join the
rally “to express our righteous indignation, peacefully and prayerfully,
against the tyranny of numbers by majority in Congress identified as
allies of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who have run roughshod on the
people's democratic rights. Convening themselves as a Constiuent Assembly
is sheer quintessence of compunction.”
Fr. Joe Dizon of Solidarity Philippines, expressed that "the act of the
majority in Congress should be condemned as immoral. The people should
assert their right to condemn this immorality and as pastors of our flock,
we will accompany the people".
Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, co-chair of the Ecumenical Bishops' Forum,
expressed that today's press conference by church leaders of different
denominations “show our honest and strong condemnation on the recent move
of the Lower House for Constitutional Assembly and Charter Change, a move
that has a hidden agenda from those in who are in government . We publicly
declare our prophetic pronouncement against this travesty as we urge our
respective flocks to join us.”
The church leaders expressed that while the present Constitution needs
improvements, they stated that it should not be used for the term
extension of those who are already in office. They also said that any
change in the country's Charter should be done in a democratic manner and
not before the 2010 National Elections.
Present at the Press Conference were: Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, Diocese
of Kalookan and co-chair of the Ecumenical Bishops' Forum, Fr. Rex RB.
Reyes, Jr., General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in the
Philippines (NCCP), Mo. Mary John Mananzan, OSB, co-chair of the
Association of Major Religious Superiors (AMRSP), Bishop Lito Tangonan of
the United Methodist Church- Manila Episcopal Area (UMC-MEA), Bro. Mike
Valenzuela, FSC of the La Sall Brothers, The Most Rev. Godofredo David,
Supreme Bishop of Iglesia Filipina Independiente, Bp. Leo Alconga, Jesus
is Lord, Bp. Jessie Suarez, United Church of Christ in the Philippines-
South Luzon Jurisdiction, Fr. Jose Dizon, Solidarity Philippines, Bp.
Elmer Bolocon, UCCP, Ecumenical Bishop's Forum, Fr. Charlie Ricafort, MI ,
Chairperson-Task Force on Urban Conscientization-AMRSP, Fr. Peter
Casino,OSA, Bro. Nardy Sabino, Promotion of Church People's Response, Sr.
Maureen S. Catabian, RGS-WJPIC, Interfaith Justice and Peace Network, Sr.
Eva Madayag,OSB( Benedictines for Peace) , Sr. Lita Navarro,ICM
The press conference was held at Illustrado Restaurant, Intramuros,
Promotion of Church Peoples' Response
09 June 2009
For Reference: REP. LIZA LARGOZA MAZA 0920-9134540
Francis Uyanguren (Public Information Officer) 0915-9329407
FILIPINOS WILL NEVER DANCE TO GLORIA’S CHACHA- MAZA
“Once and for all, Malacańang must heed the Filipino people’s call in
rejecting ConAss and all other schemes to extend President Arroyo’s term
beyond 2010. She cannot simply ignore and belittle the people’s clamor.”
Thus said Assistant Minority leader and Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Liza
Maza today as Pulse Asia’s survey reflected President Arroyo as the most
distrusted public official of the country having posted the highest
disapproval and distrust ratings at 48% and 46%, respectively.
“Habang garapalang pinipilit ng administrasyong Arroyo at ng kanyang mga
kaalyado sa Kongreso ang pakanang ConAss, lalo nitong sinisindihan ang
galit ng mamamayan. The Filipino people will never dance to Gloria’s
chacha. There is not a grain of trust left for this current
administration that has apparently spawned infinite scandals, corruption
and anomalies and has dragged the people to unparalleled poverty and
suffering for the past eight years,” said Maza.
The Gabriela solon continues to urge more women to join the multi-sectoral
rally against ConAss (Constituent Assembly) on June 10 in Makati saying
that this is open to all individuals and
organizations who would want to express their love for their country and
who ready to defend her from any vicious plot such as Arroyo’s ConAss. She
explained that this will be an opening salvo for series of nationwide
protests as Arroyo’s last State of the Nation Address nears.
Maza also scored the military leadership for deliberately threatening the
soldiers who would want to join the said rally by discharging them from
the service. The progressive solon said that the AFP cannot stop anybody
from joining the protest actions. Their lame threats only demonstrate that
there are indeed mounting calls for change even within their ranks,” Maza
Gabriela Women's Party National Headquarters
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Telefax: (632) 9295342
Office of Gabriela Rep. Liza Largoza Maza
Rm 309 South Wing Bldg.,
House of Representatives, Quezon City
Telefax: (632) 9316268
Office of Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan
Rm. 601 South Wing Bldg.
House of Representatives, Quezon City
Telefax: (632) 9315586
RAGE AGAINST THE REGIME’S
CON-ASS THROUGH TWITTER AND NEW MEDIA
Contact: Rick Bahague
Tel. No.: 02.413.4196
“We call on the online community to voice their solidarity with the
thousands who will march tomorrow at the Ayala protest mobilization
through twitter and other new media tools”, said Mr. Rick Bahague,
national coordinator of the Computer Professionals’ Union (CPU) in light
of the major rally organized by various multi-sectoral organizations
tomorrow to protest the railroading of HB 1109 calling for a constituent
assembly. “We encourage everyone to join twitter if not yet a member, and
tweet your messages with the #no2conass hashtag affixed.”
Twitter is a micro-blogging tool that allows users to post 140-character
messages called “tweets” to keep fellow users updated on any topic of
conversation virtually under the sun. “Hashtags” are keywords with the “#”
symbol affixed that are included in a tweet used to indicate what topic
the message is about.
“People can type no2conass in twitter’s search engine to see all messages
related to the June 10 protest mobilization,” explained Mr. Bahague.
“People from around the world will be able to see the words unheeded by
the government when they pursued their agenda of greed in convening a
constituent assembly that doesn’t have the people’s interests at heart.”
As part of its new media campaign, the twitter account of Pio, CPU’s
mascot, was launched last night to tweet on-the-ground updates and
comments from the Ayala rally by linking it to a mobile phone. CPU has
developed a tool that posts tweets from SMS messages sent to
+639071134503. “We invite everyone to send sms messages to this number and
Pio will repost them as tweets,” said Mr. Bahague. SMS messages should
have <no2conass><space><message> format.
CPU will also broadcast a live video stream of the rally for supporters
who can’t come, such as OFWs. Pio’s tweeter, http://twitter.com/Si_Pio,
will stream updates of the activity. CPU's social change page at
http://cp-union.com/socialchange will consolidate these new media efforts
of Pio and other organizations.
“Activists around the world have utilized these new media tools as a means
of effectively reaching out to the people, as was demonstrated in the
successful Obama presidential campaign”, added Mr. Bahague. “Twitter in
particular would jive with the texting culture of Filipinos. If utilized
in coordination with real grassroots mobilization, it can be instrumental
to achieve the change we need.”
The Computer Professionals’ Union is a convenor of TXTPower, an
organization of cellphone users that aims to empower Filipinos both as
consumers and as citizens. It has provided technical expertise to the
group on issues related to mobile technologies. # # #