BAGONG ALYANSANG MAKABAYAN
June 10, 2009
Reference: Christine Macabetcha
Deputy Secretary General, Bayan-ST
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
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
"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
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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
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.
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
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.