Anti-cha-cha groups to stage rally at Mendiola

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 30 2008 08:10 AM | Updated as of Nov 30 2008 05:25 PM

Multi-sectoral groups are all set for their anti-charter change (cha-cha) protest at Mendiola scheduled Sunday afternoon.

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) Secretary-General Renato Reyes said that around 100 protesters from Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Anak-pawis, and Bayan will first assemble at Plaza Miranda at 12 p.m. before their march to Mendiola at 1 p.m.

"We're looking forward to more protest action, as more and more people begin to realize the serious threats posed by charter change, which includes a term extension for people in Malacanang," he said in an interview at dzMM's "Magandang Morning Julius at Tintin."

Reyes said that they are planning to conduct "broad multisectoral action" as a way of opposing charter change. This includes opposition officials, the Church, schools and universities, and other organizations.

Reyes said that anti-charter change rallies will end only if all attempts to change the 1987 Constitution are no longer pursued. He made it clear, however, that they will never cease to conduct their protest as long as President Arroyo is not held responsible for controversies surrounding her leadership, which include the fertilizer fund scam and several human rights violations.

"The anti-charter change rally will stop should the government pull back, but we will not stop making President Arroyo own up to her mistakes," he said.