Southern Tagalog:

Rallies against the Con Ass and Cha Cha

 

Calamba City

 

June 10, 2009

 

 

 

In Calamba City, which was BAYAN-ST’s regional protest center, around 400 protestors gathered and held a noise barrage from 4pm to 7pm near the city’s public terminal. Different sectors joined the protest including College students from University of the Philippines in Los Baños, College professors and members of the local government unit in Calamba, as well as groups from urban poor communities and factory workers.

 

--- from Bayan-Southern Tagalog report

 

   
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BAGONG ALYANSANG MAKABAYAN SOUTHERN TAGALOG
JUNE 11, 2009
Reference person:
Christine MAcabetcha
BAYAN-ST Deputy Secretary General

Simultaneous Protests in Southern Tagalog vs. Cha-cha gain support from public

June 10, 2009 | Calamba City | Anti-Cha-cha RallyJune 11, 2009 – “Filipinos want a change in the country’s leadership, not a change in the constitution.” This is the statement of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan – Southern Tagalog (BAYAN-ST) after holding several simultaneous actions against charter change (CHA-CHA) in different parts of the region yesterday.

The regionally coordinated protest action was organized by BAYAN-ST as part of yesterdays nationwide anti-cha-cha rally. Simultaneous rallies and noise barrage were held in Calamba City, San Pablo City, Nasugbu and Batangas City in the province of Batangas, Silang, Tanza and Dasmariñas in Cavite, and in Lucena City.

The nationwide rally was organized by different groups including BAYAN after administration congressmen railroaded a house resolution last week that would pave the way for a charter change. The anti-cha-cha forces believe that administration congressmen are bent on changing the constitution to prolong Pres. Arroyo’s term of office beyond 2010.

According to BAYAN-ST deputy secretary general Christine Macabetcha, aside from prolonging the president’s term, the proposed change in the constitution will also mean a sell-out of the country’s economy and sovereignty to foreign powers.

In Calamba City, which was BAYAN-ST’s regional protest center, around 400 protestors gathered and held a noise barrage from 4pm to 7pm near the city’s public terminal. Different sectors joined the protest including College students from University of the Philippines in Los Baños, College professors and members of the local government unit in Calamba, as well as groups from urban poor communities and factory workers.

June 10, 2009 | Calamba City | Anti-Cha-cha Rally

According to Macabetcha, the anti-cha-cha protests in the region was well received by the public. She said that most of the commuters and drivers who passed by the rally showed their support by waving their hands, raising their fists or honking their horns.

“It was amazing to see how most of the people who caught a glimpse of the rally expressed their disgust over Mrs. Arroyo’s charter change. This goes to show that Filipinos have had enough of Mrs. Arroyo. If she and her allies in congress insist on prolonging her term in power through cha-cha, the public might once again take to the streets in another ‘Edsa uprising,’” Macabetcha said.

Protestors in Calamba held placards bearing images depicting the president and some administration congressmen as pigs infected with what the protestors call “Inlfuenza G (C-H-A-2) Gloria forever virus.”

Meanwhile, around 200 protestors gathered both in San Pablo City and Batangas City. In Batangas, the provincial chapter of BAYAN have put-up an anti-cha-cha protest camp which will last for 10 days.

While in Dasmariñas Cavite, members of the militant youth group Anakbayan who were on their way to stage a noise barrage in Bacoor were held by the police for more than an hour.

According to Macabetcha, yesterday’s protests in the region was only a kick-off for a sustained “Anti-Gloria, Anti-Cha-cha” campaign. She added that if Cha-cha efforts will continue, their campaign will culminate in a big rally on the State of the Nation Address in July.

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BAGONG ALYANSANG MAKABAYAN
SOUTHERN TAGALOG
PRESS RELEASE
June 10, 2009

Reference: Christine Macabetcha
Deputy Secretary General, Bayan-ST
09198593660

Gloria's Cha-cha: a VIRUS worse than any swine flu outbreak

Militant groups led by BAYAN-ST, the Southern Tagalog chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan will warn the public today of something worse than any flu outbreak.

In a protest action expected to take place this afternoon in Calamba City, BAYAN-ST protestors will carry warning signs bearing the images of Pres. Arroyo and pro-Cha-cha congressmen depicted as pigs infected with a new strain of swine flu the militants dubbed as "Influenza G (C-H-A-2)" or the "Gloria forever virus."

In a statement, BAYAN-ST deputy secretary general Christine Macabetcha said that if charter change pushes through, the Filipino people would suffer a fate far worse than that of any country afflicted with a swine flu outbreak.

"During Mrs. Arroyo's term in power, almost 1,000 activists, journalists, and government critics have been extra-judicially killed; poverty has worsened and is being aggravated by massive corruption; the country's economy and sovereignty has been significantly sold-out. Prolonging Arroyo’s term of office through charter change would mean prolonging the people’s suffering,” Macabetcha said.

Coinciding with today's Anti-Cha-cha rally in Ayala, BAYAN-ST organized an information dissemination campaign in the region in the form of massive community hopping and mobile public address systems.

At 4 p.m. this afternoon, Anti-Cha-cha protestors are expected to converge in selected cities and towns in the region to stage simultaneous noise barrage and rallies, namely in: Calamba City and San Pablo City in Laguna; Nasugbu and Batangas City in Batangas; Silang, Dasmariñas and Tanza in Cavite; Antipolo City and Montalban in Rizal, and in Lucena City.

In Batangas City, BAYAN organizations will put-up an Anti-Cha-cha protest camp-out which will last for 10 days.

According to Macabetcha, today's protests in the region will serve as a kick-off for a sustained "Anti-Gloria, Anti-Cha-cha" campaign. She added that if Cha-cha efforts will continue, their campaign will culminate in a big rally on the State of the Nation Address in July.

"If Mrs. Arroyo will push-on with her evil plan to stay in power beyond 2010, the Filipino people, especially the poor masses might decide to once again take to the streets in another Edsa people power uprising," she said.

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Press Release Reference: John Paulo Bautista
June 12, 2009 09282039214
Regional Coordinator, Kabataan Party -Southern Tagalog

Back to the grassroots: Youth group launches campaign vs. Cha-cha in Los Baños communities

Around thirty volunteers of Kabataan Party, the largest youth party in the country representing the youth sector, went house- and establishment-hopping in various towns of Los Baños, Laguna last June 12 to muster support from residents for the growing anti-Charter change movement.

Holding placards bearing such calls as “Cha-cha at Gloria, ibasura,” the said volunteers discussed the implications of the proposed changes to the Constitution with residents of Putho, College, and Mayondon. People from all walks of life—students, vendors, construction workers, establishment owners—showed disgust with Cha-cha by signing on a manifesto of unity that will be submitted to the Senate as part of the People Movement Against Charter Change or People’s MARCH.


 

 

 

John Paulo Bautista, Kabataan Party-Southern Tagalog Regional Coordinator, said, “We will present these signatures to our Senators as proof that the people clamor for changes in governance instead of changes in the Constitution. The people know that Cha-cha is only a ploy used by the administration to prolong Arroyo’s term and in a larger context to uphold the political and economic interests of administration officials.”

He added that the dominant reaction from Los Baños residents was discontent with the current administration, the residents themselves citing rampant corruption in the government and the worsening poverty in the country.

Meanwhile, at 5 p.m., members of the Kabataan Party held an anti-Cha-cha noise barrage at Junction, Los Baños, Laguna where drivers and commuters expressed support by shouting affirmation to chants, raising their clenched fists, or sounding their vehicle’s horns.

Bautista said that yesterday’s activity is only part and parcel of a more extensive and more intense campaigns launched by various sectors in the country against Charter Change.

 

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