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Police blockage on Commonwealth Avenue violates BP 880, says Bayan

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MANILA, Philippines—Militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said Monday the blockage of ralliers who converged before Ever Gotesco Mall on Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City near Batasang Pambansa, where President Benigno Aquino III is set to deliver his third State of the Nation Address, is a violation of the constitutional rights of the people.

The Philippine National Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. earlier said 6,000 police officers were deployed along the northbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue, some 3 kilometers away from Batasan Pambansa, to block protesters from going beyond the police line starting near Ever Gotesco.

However, Bayan argued that the blockage was a violation of Batas Pambansa 880, following Quezon City governments’ alleged failure to act on the group’s application for a rally permit last July 10, stating Bayan, and its allied groups’ intention to march to and hold a rally at the Batasan Road, nearer to the Batasang Pambansa.

“As with the previous Arroyo regime, the people are once again pushed as far away from Batasan Pambansa as possible. This is a continuing reminder that the Aquino regime is not truly for the people. The regime thinks highly of itself but fears the people. It fears the truth. It simply wants to ignore and suppress the people’s legitimate demands for social justice,” Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes said.

Bayan said their legal counsel, Attorney Rey Cortez informed them that under BP 880, the city government has two days to act on the request of the applicant, and that an application that was not acted on within the prescribed period is “deemed approved.”

“ . . . also under the law, should the City Government choose to deny or modify the application for rally permit [change venue], it has to inform the applicant and call for a hearing. The City Government, unless it presents evidence that the rally poses a clear and present danger to the public, cannot arbitrarily change the rally venue. This much has been affirmed by a Supreme Court ruling, IBP vs. Atienza,” Bayan said.

The Philippine National Police earlier set a dialogue with various protest groups last week but only two–Rasti Delizo of Sanlakas, and Roberto Martin of Pasang Masda—attended the event.

Other invited groups were BMP, Piston, Gabriella, Anak Pawis, PMT, KMP, KMU, and Bayan.

The first group of protesters to march towards Commonwealth Avenue was Bayan-Southern Tagalog, who arrived around 6:30 a.m.

Quezon City Police Director Superintendent Mario dela Vega estimated the early protesters at 300, carrying an effigy depicting a war ship where caricatures of Aquino and “uncle Sam” are aboard, but Reyes claimed that their group will grow to a thousand later this day, despite threats of rain.
Rally groups will mainly come from the ranks of workers, farmers, urban poor, youth and students, government employees and women.

“On this day, ordinary people will gather in the streets to speak out on the true state of the nation and to tell the Aquino administration that the people will not be fooled by empty rhetoric. The people have borne the brunt of the crisis the past two years, as the regime continues its assault on people’s livelihood, human rights and national sovereignty. The rains outside we can handle. It’s the downpour of lies and half-truths during the SONA which is the problem,” Reyes said.

Bayan said that people will not be duped by Aquino’s flashy visuals and speeches because at the end of the day, “the basic issues of land, jobs, health, human rights and sovereignty are not addressed.”

Baan said that because of “privatization, deregulation and other anti-poor policies,” hunger has averaged 20 percent, or roughly 4 million families, in the entire two year s of Aquino as president, while poverty, the group said, has averaged more than 50 percent, or an estimated 10 million families, based on data from the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

“Aquino has succeeded in blocking any meaningful wage increase; selling out PH patrimony to big mining firms; preventing genuine land reform; and privatizing basic social services. It has succeeded in catering to the interests of big business, foreign and local. The increase in the number of Conditional Cash Transfer beneficiaries only underscores the worsening situation of the poor, as they more and more have to makes use of government dole-outs,” Reyes said.

The achievements of the government, Reyes said, such as &P credit upgrade, the rise in the stock market index, record gross international reserves, and the loan extended to the IMF, are “are all quite meaningless to the ordinary Filipino facing high prices, landlessness and low wages.”

Bayan also said that the Aquino regime has succeeded in allowing more US troops to enter the country as part of the rebalancing strategy of the US military. The group warned that the Aquino government will single-handedly reverse the gains from the eviction of US military bases in 1991, by allowing the permanent presence of US troops in the guise of “helping the Philippines against China”.


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  • johnllander

    Commonwealth Ave is for vehicles and pedestrians and not for protesters.  Jail those protesters, they are obstructions to the flow of commuters, pedestrians and the riding public.

    Sila’y mga tamad, gusto lang umasa sa pamahalaan at wala nang ginawa kundi magprotesta at mag-ingay. Walang mabuting naidulot sa bayan kundi perwisyo.

    • kapirasongkurot

      Adik ka ba? Mga pulis na ang nagharang dyan eh kahapon pa, ‘lol eh kung pinayagan silang magprotesta malapit sa batasan di walang harang sa commonwealth

      • johnllander

        Kasalanan pa ngayon ng pulis.  Kung walang naka-ambang ng prostesta, sa tingin mo ba ay may haharang na pulis sa commonwealth? 

        Maiingay lang kayo, hanggang pag-iingay lang kayo ngunit wala naman kayong naidulot na pakinabang sa bayan kundi rekalamo, reklamo, reklamo.  Mga tamad, magsitrabaho naman kayo.  Malaki ang nakatiwangwang na lupa sa kapaligiran ninyo, magtanim kayo, magsaka kayo.  Kung gugustuhin ninyong kumita ay may paraan, ngunit halatang ayaw ninyo at marami kayong dahilan at sinisisi ninyo ang pamahalaan sa kapabayaan ninyo. 

        Mga tamad!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/GIRBTMQPP47UJSQKNFE2KCN2HU ronnie

        Kayong mga militante, kayo ang mga makabagong MAKAPILI. Mga traidor sa bayan.Umaasa Lang sa KAPIRASONG KUROT na tulong salapi sa Tsina. Kayo ang salot sa bayan. Kayo ang humahatak pababa sa Pilipinas. Magsitigil NA kayo!

  • kapirasongkurot

    PNoy is no different from Gloria, mga praning! Takot sa mamamayan

    • johnllander

      Kayo ang magandang halimbawa ng Juan Tamad.  Mabuti pa si Juan Tamad kahit na tamad ay ginamit man lang kahit kunti ang isip para makuha niya ang malalaglag na bayas.  Kahit papaano ay may kaunting kasipagan na humiga at ibuka ang bibig sa pag-abang sa malalaglag na bayabas.

      E kayong mga militante, ano ang naman ang ginagawa ninyo. Wala!  Wala na kayong ginawa kundi magreklamo, reklamo, at reklamo.  At hindi lang yan, namemerwesyo pa kayo isa ibang tao na maysipag magtrabaho.

      Mga tamad!

  • Fulpol

    Renato Reyes, kung kumuha ka kasi ng pemit, multiple entry na.. parang US Visitors Visa yaan na multiple entry…

    hahahah
    hahaha
    hahaha

    … the Devil’s Advocate

  • Betz Chui

    Ang mga salot ng bayan….nagsilabasan na naman. wlang magandang naidudulot sa mga mamamayan kong hindi perhuwisyo!!!!

  • Fulpol

    sabihin mo kasi Renato Reyes, hindi kayo threat sa buhay ng Pangulo at mga dadalo sa SONA… love yo naman ang LGBT…

    kaya pupwede, mas malapit sa House, mas okey… pero full coverage naman kayo ng media, at least napapanood kayo live nina Senators Trillanes at Joker Arroyo..

    hahah
    ahaha
    haaha

  • disqus_F7NxgCOapC

    makakatulong na pag-isipan ang nagpoprotesta na sila man ay maykarapatang magreklamo pero dapat responsable, ok sana magrally pero dapat di nakapeperwisyo sa ibang tao, dapat di rin nagkakalat ng basura, at dapat nakikita sa mga nagbibigay ng puna na wala silang kapintasan sa kanilang mga ginagawa. 

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    sino bang mga utak pulborang mga ito

    tularan niyo modelo ni butch abad
    noong kinausap mga nasa mendiola

    mga kaka
    kung gusto rin kayong bigyan
    ng back channeling
    makipag usap din kayo
    huwag dogmatic
    bayan natin ito

  • Mang Teban

    Kahit na sino na naging pangulo ng Pilipinas mula kay Marcos, umaangal ang mga naturingang “militante” na kapag nabigyan ng isang metro ng kalsada, gusto na isang kilometro; bigyan mo ng isang kilometro, gusto na buong highway.

    Papaano mo nga naman paniniwalaan ang mga nagproprotestang ito eh, ginagawa ng hanap-buhay ang pagrarally. Saan ka naman nakakita na ang laking preparasyon sa pagrarally at magtataka ka naman na mahihirap daw sila pero magkakano ang ginagastos sa mga pa-utot nila tulad ng streamers, effigies, sound system. pakain sa mga sasama, krudo sa mga jeep at van o trak, meron pang mga tagong gamit sa pananakit sa pulis at naghahire pa ng goons? Sino ang nagbabayad ng lahat na ito? Wala ka bang trabaho, Bayan sec general Renato Reyes, kungdi pag-isipan kung kailan ang susunod na rally?

    Bakit po ba, Ginoong Renato Reyes, wala kayong inggay ukol sa panghihimasok ng Tsina sa teritoryo ng Pilipinas? Bakit wala ka yatang press release man lang ukol sa blind activist na si Chen Guangcheng na nagbulgar sa “forced abortions” ng China? Bakit wala kayong masabi sa tahakang pang-eextort ng NPA sa mga negosyante at pagkamatay ng mga inosenteng tao na binibintang sa pulis at sundalo subalit kaduda-duda na paraan ng mga komunistang NDF na siraan ang pamahalaan?

    Kailan ba naman kayo natuwa na may pagbabago ukol sa hustiya sa bansa? Nacongratulate mo man lang ba, Renato Reyes, ang Congreso sa matagumpay na pag-impeach sa dating chief justice Tukayo mong si Corona? Nasaan kayo ng patakas na sana ang dating pangulong Gloria Arroyo sa airport kung di lang napigilan ng hold departure order? Nasaan kayo tuwing may mga sakuna at mga kababayan natin na nasalanta ng bagyo, baha, o sunog? Tumutulong ba kayo na maibsan ang mga biktima ng mga sakunang ito? Nawawala kayo at di ko malaman kung totoo nga na nasyonalismo ang adhikain ninyo at makabayan kayo? Simpleng tulong sa mga mahihirap na naghihirap…di kayo makita. Pero mabilis kayong nag-oorganisa sa pagrarally sa dedepensa sa mga rebelde.. Kailan ninyo ipinagmalaki ang lehitimong Sandataang Lakas ng Pilipinas? Kailan kayo dumalaw sa lamay ng mga na-ambush na sundalo ng mga patraydor na rebelde? Ano mas gusto ninyo, Tsina ang sumakop sa atin?

    Kung tutuusin, kayo ang hadlang sa pag-usad ng ekonomiya. tuwing may rally, malaking abala sa negosyo, sa mga mag-aaral, sa mga magulang, sa mga ordinaryong taong naghahanap-buhay, pati na sa mga naghahanap ng trabaho ang mga walang kwentang pagproprotesta ninyo sa lansangan!!!!!!!! Mga pekeng makabayan daw…ang kapal ng mga mukha ninyo!!!!!!!!!!

  • les21reago

    Bayan PESTE nang BAYAN

  • wakats

    Ka nato reyes, in behalf of all militant groups, said  that they oppose the presence of more U.S. troops in the country in the guise of helping us against china.

    But ka nato reyes and his group did not raise a howl when the chinese bullies constructed concrete garrisons in Panganiban (Mischief) reef and at the Subi Reef, all part of the Philippine-held territories in the Spratly Archipelago.  They also remain silent when the chinese continue to intrude today at Panatag Shoal with naval forces in the guise of protecting their fishermen.  Finally, they also remain silent when a chinese frigate ran aground at Hasa-Hasa Shoal, only 60 miles from mainland Palawan, a clear case of demeaning our sovereignty.

    Obviously, they are anti-american and pro-chinese communists and regularly conducting rallies and protests at the expense of the Philippine Government through their party-list representatives.

    Better repeal the Law allowing enemies of the State to become members of Congress through the back door..  

  • dgboy

    reyes hindi alam sinasabi, pinapakain lng ng pera ng mga communista!



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