June 3, 2009
We strongly denounce the railroading of the House of Representatives’ unconstitutional Resolution 1109 calling to convene Congress as a constituent assembly to amend the Philippine Constitution.
We believe the resolution is intended to change the charter in order to strengthen Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s hold on the reins of power either through term extension, a shift to parliamentary system of any other underhanded device.
Paid hacks of Mrs. Arroyo will deny what we who have strong memories of the Marcos years know for sure: HOR Resolution 1109 is prelude to an Arroyo dictatorship. We vowed “never again,” after Martial Law. Never again, indeed.
We call on the people, on people’s organizations and the Opposition to unite to oppose and defeat this anti-democratic and self-serving move on the part of Malacañang and its cohorts in the House of Representatives.
We cannot sacrifice our children’s future to benefit a corrupt and illegitimate leadership.
Join nationwide protests against Con-Ass.
In one voice, we say: “Junk Con-Ass now!”
Signatories (original signed):
Jejomar Binay, Mayor, Makati City
Liza L. Maza, GABRIELA Women’s Party
Carol P. Araullo, Bayan
Emmi de Jesus, GABRIELA
Bibeth Orteza, Pagbabago! People’s Movement for Change
Carlos Siguion-Reyna, NMPP
Juana Change, Artists’ Revolution
Roy Velez, Gloria Stepdown Movement
Lito Ustarez, KMU
Renato Reyes Jr., Bayan
Rodolfo ‘Jun’ Lozada Jr.
Ver Eustaquio, UMDJ
Sr. Estrella Castalone, AMRSP
Rez Cortez, FPJMD
Vencer Crisostomo, Kabataan Parylist
Nardy Sabino, PCPR
Cristina Palabay, GABRIELA Women’s Pary
J. L. Linggoy Alcuaz, FPJVB
Rev. Marie Sol Villalon, UMC-PCPR