In Cotabato City:
Launching the alliance against the ConAss and ChaCha
through People's MARCH
Notre Dame Universiity
July 8, 2009
■ Atras Con-Ass in Davao City
■ Rep. Satur Ocampo at PUP
About a thousand participants coming from the academe, human rights groups, religious institutions, civil society groups, local officials, militant Moro and youth organizations joined the forum and witnessed the formal launching of alliance vs the ConAss and ChaCha which comprised of at least 18 groups and individuals.
|Photos courtesy of ZA/Cotabatenos vs ChaCha|
Atras Con-Ass in Davao City
Partylist representatives Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza and Teddy Casiño wave to Davao City residents during the "Atras Con-Ass" motorcade around the city. The three partylist representatives earlier launched a petition signing campaign right in the district of House Speaker Prospero Nograles calling on him and other congressmen to abandon all attempts to convene Congress into a constituent assembly when the Lower House resumes sessions later this month. (Photo by CJ Despuez)
Rep. Satur Ocampo at PUP
People’s MARCH- Cotabato City
We, the people’s movement
against charter change or people’s march, express our strong opposition to
House Resolution 1109, which would convene the House of Representatives
into a constituent assembly (Con-Ass), and any move to amend the
constitution perpetrated by the politicians who currently hold power.
The Filipino people cannot
entrust the future of this country in the hands of those who profess to be
selfless leaders while instigating or deliberately acting as complicit in
massive graft and corruption, human rights violations and the sellout of
A switch to a parliamentary
form of government is not the key to solving any of the problems the
country is facing. The problem does not primarily lie in the form of
government or in the constitution. It is in the kind of leaders running
We condemn the incessant
attempts of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her minions to press on
with charter change despite the public’s disagreement. Their greed and
lust for power are truly appalling.
We believe that charter change
is nothing but a ruse to keep President Arroyo in power and to advance the
interests of the elites, foreign capitalists and the unscrupulous
We vow to stir the minds of
the people to the true agenda of charter change and its would-be
consequence to the lives of Filipinos. We vow to mount pressure against
charter change. We vow to resist the money, power and influence of those
We will not allow a despot and
her cohorts to continue to plunder our coffers, trample on the sanctity of
human rights and give up our vital resources to foreigners.
We call on everyone to take a stand and join us in resisting cha-cha. Now is not the time for apathy. We cannot afford to be fence sitters when the good of the country and our fate as a nation are at stake.