Iskolar ng Bayan vs Cha-Cha ni Gloria


Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC)


July 15, 2008




Photos courtesy of People's Movement Against Charter Change


July 16, 2009

Iskolar ng Bayan vs. Chacha ni Gloria; People’s SONA set

COTABATO CITY- Students of Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC) stage a College-wide forum on Charter Change yesterday in collaboration with People’s Movement Against Charter Change at the College’s gymnasium.

“Iskolar ng Bayan” has finally registered their concerned on education and their strong defiance over the passage of House Resolution 1109 which would convene a Senate-less Constituent Assembly to tackle possible amendments or revision on the Charter. CCSPC is the lone state college in the city.

Alibasit Macar, president of Supreme Student Government (SSG) said that youth sector must stand against the move of Arroyo’s minions for Charter Change and shall assess the eight year failing record of the administration with regards to education.

“Eight years of holding the power and failing to serve the interest of youth and education sector is enough for us to resist any move to prolong her (Gloria Macapagal Arroyo) term in Malacanan. We don’t want another year for GMA; we don’t want to see ourselves to suffer on the anti-people policies and self-serving proposals under their proposed Charter Change. The future of Filipino youth is primarily at stake; we have to stand and make moves”, said Macar.

Macar, a student leader and also a convenor of the said alliance said the forum is part of the education campaign of the Supreme Student Government (SSG) with regards of the concerns affecting studentry.

John Birondo of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan in Southern Mindanao Region explained the general implications of Charter Change on both political and economic aspects of the country. He further stressed on its particular effects especially to the youth who he call them as one of the real stakeholders of the said issue.

The alliance gets support from the students and conveys dexterity to join the conduct of nationwide protests dubbed as people’s state of the nation address in the city on July 27. ##




Press Release
July 17, 2009

Bangsamoro people says no to charter change, stages symbolic "kulintang protest"

Davao City—In this week´s Black Friday Protest, spearheaded by the Suara Bangsamoro and Khadidja, a hundred Bangsamoro protesters expressed opposition to the proposed charter amendments via a symbolic ¨kulintang protest¨.

The group said that no genuine intention, including promises of benefits for Mindanao and the Bangsamoro people, can come out from any move as displayed in the railroaded passing of HR 1109, convening the house of representative into a constituent assembly.

The group said that the Bangsamoro people cannot allow the national government or those behind moves for cha-cha and con-ass to use our struggle for the right to self determination (RSD) and the peace issue as tools to advance ¨desperate” interests in power.

Herrmeinn Arendain, spokesperson of Suara Bangsamoro Davao City said that with the proposed charter change nothing can be expected that would alter or alleviate the conditions of the people in Mindanao.

¨On the contrary, we could expect only the worse. With cha-cha offering not less than a 100% ownership of our lands and resources to foreign corporations and entities, the struggle RSD for the national minorities would only become a more uphill fight,¨ Arendain Added.

Arendain added if the public would hear House Speaker Prospero Nograles or Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo´s lapdogs in congress speak about cha-cha bringing peace to Mindanao and the Bangsamoro people or about the right to self determination being upheld or granted, ¨they are all bluff and they´re double-mouthing.¨





Suara Bangsamoro said they will be joining thousands of Filipinos come State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 27 to show the Bangsamoro´s firm stand on junking Con-Ass ang frustrating Gloria Arroyo´s Ch-cha to further stay in power.

(Black Friday Protest, is a weekly protest initiated by the militant and progressive organizations aimed at sustaining public consciousness of major economic, political, local and national issues that affect the lives of the people.)

For reference:

Herrmeinn Arendain
Suara Bangsamoro Davao City
Suara Bangsamoro Partylist
304 2nd Floor Mabelen Bldg., Suazo St. corner Quezon Blvd., Davao City
Telephone No. (082) 222-3806, email address:

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