Groups kick-off Resistance Movement vs. Aquino’s Emergency Powers and Extended Rule
BUKLURAN ng Manggagawang Pilipino and SANLAKAS kicked off their call to arms protest campaign, dubbed ARM the People! (All Resist Movement), against President Aquino’s emergency powers, and Charter Change (Cha-cha) for term extension and economic plunder, with a motorcade and noise barrage around Manila and Quezon City today.
The groups said that the ARM the People campaign will commence on September 21, with dozens of picket-protests and noise barrage in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, these would intensify into weekly localized mass actions such as assemblies at factory gates and urban poor communities, streamer hanging, distribution of leaflets, etc. in the coming weeks.
President Aquino has asked Congress to pass a Joint Resolution allowing him to use emergency powers in order to address a purported looming power crisis in 2015. This has only fanned reactions over debates in Congress of ChaCha for term extension, and Pnoy’s willingness to run for another term. Despite disclaimers coming from allies and spokespersons, the concern and alarm persist. Congressman Erice announced his intent to file a motion for ChaCha for political reforms next week.
Atty Aaron Pedrosa, Sanlakas Secretary General, said “Why should emergency powers be given to a President who uses is Executive Powers to appropriate the power of the purse of Congress to enlarge his presidential pork, and then openly threatens to clip the powers of the Supreme Court that calls this act unconstitutional?”
The groups also oppose ChaCha for economic reforms.intended to grant 100% foreign ownership in the country. Gie Relova of BMP said, “ChaCha will only legitimize the systematic exploitation of our natural and human resources through more liberalization, privatization and deregulation. It will be like pushing ordinary wage-earners to the brink of economic bankruptcy and we and our families shall not take this sitting down”.
The groups also announced that they shall be launching simultaneous protest actions on the anniversary of Martial Law, September 21 in seven sites in Metro Manila alone. Coordinated actions are also being organized in Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, as well as the cities of Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Tacloban, Davao and Ozamiz
18 September 2014
Atty Aaron Pedrosa 0932-3643137
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