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Fighting Charter Charter Designed For GMA

December 12, 2008

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Three ‘C’ words rang out loud at Friday’s gathering in Makati of groups opposing what’s been termed ‘Gloria Forever Charter Change’.

As early evening crept in, the inter-faith rally was estimated to have grown to at least 20,000-strong with several of the organized march groups’ wearing yellow, red, and white-colored shirts, with the yellows emblazoned with the well-loved profile of martyred senator Ninoy Aquino.

While is own ailing widow, former president Cory was absent, the air reverberated with music reminiscent of People Power circa 1986.

The rains which drenched Metro Manila from dawn till mid-morning had withdrawn by the time marchers converged at the corner pf Ayala Avenue and Paseo De Roxas, giving way to shouts of “No to Cha-cha, Ayoko Kay Gloria!”

The menacing deployment of thousands of ‘anti-civil disturbance’ policemen did not appear to intimated any of the rally speakers who while belonging to different political camps, voiced out a united call. There were reports, however, that policemen had prevented scores if not hundreds of would-be protesters from reaching Makati.

The rally bridged generations, as exemplified by the side by side appearance of former vice president Teofisto ‘Tito’ Guingona and son Teofisto ‘TG’ Guingona III.

They both urged President Arroyo and her supporters and cha-cha proponents “to read the writing on the wall and heed public sentiment for her to stop cha-cha and relinquish power in 2010 as provided by law.”

In a surge of emotion, Liberal Party president and known 2010 presidential aspirant blurted out a Pilipino expletive as he urged Filipinos to “kill” the charter change maneuvers designed to keep Gloria in power forever.”

Hours before the rally began, Malacanang said Mrs. Arroyo had cancelled a trip to Mindanao due to security concerns but would leave as scheduled tomorrow for a three-day trip to Qatar.

This is just a snapshot account but the events of today may be a portent of yet more things to come.

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