Palace calls on Cha-cha protesters “not to be alarmist”

June 4, 2009 1:53 pm 

MANILA, June 4 — Malacanang said today it respects protesters’ right to free speech in opposing the approval by the House of Representatives of a resolution convening Congress to a constituent assembly to amend the Constitution.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Golez said this during a media briefing where he called on the protesters “not to be alarmist” and agitate the public into joining the street protests.

“The only thing we can tell them is not to be an alarmist. There's a procedure for Cha-cha, and hopefully, that is what Congress is doing. We can tell if they're violating the law. There's no need to be an alarmist,'' he said.

He stressed that there is a process in pushing for any charter change and “that is what Congress is doing,” adding that any violations of the law could easily be seen.

A nationwide rally has been set on June 10 against House Resolution 1109 which convenes Congress as a constituent assembly to propose amendments to the 1987 Constitution.

At the same time, Golez said that it has been the practice of the opposition to always blame the President for any major issue, this time on the House of Representatives’ move to amend the present charter.

“Any charter change starts and ends with Congress,” he stressed. (PNA)

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