19 January 2020
Progressives to protest House manuevers to change charter
As congressmen resume sessions after a month-long holiday break, they will be met with protests by progressive groups who oppose the proposal of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments to:
- ease restrictions on foreign investments by mere legislation
-tandem voting for the president and vice-president
-5-year terms for senators, congressmen and local executives with a maximum of 3 consecutive terms
-election of senators by region with 3 senators per region and the country divided into 9 regions
The group denounced the moves as "elitist and self-serving". They said Congress must prioritize the uplifting the conditions of Filipinos masses by addressing issues such as contractualization, high prices of basic goods, privatized utilities and overtaxation instead of the interests of foreign monopolies and.their domestic capitalist partners.
Labor coalition PAGGAWA or Pagkakakisa ng Uring Manggagawa will lead contingents belonging to Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), Sanlakas and Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) at 1 pm tomorrow, January 20 at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Batasan Road before marching towards the South Wing Gate of the Batasan Pambansa Complex.
For more details, please contact:
Leody de Guzman, PAGGAWA spokesperson @ 0920-5200672