Monday, September 12, 2005

NR0910:Defy no-permit, no-rally in EDSA order

From the Office of Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran
News Release September 10, 2004

Solon calls for defiance against no-permit, no-rally order of PNP; says EDSA is a historic protest area

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that neither the Philippine National Police (PNP) nor Malacanang itself will be able to stop Filipinos from holding rallies and protest demonstrations along the stretch of EDSA heading towards the Our Lady EDSA shrine in Ortigas. Beltran said that the rights to exercise freedom of assembly, expression and to collectively petition the government to address their grievances were without doubt superior to any city or PNP ordinance. He said that EDSA is a historic avenue, and the traditional main gathering area of Filipinos disgusted with corrupt presidencies.

“The very fact that the PNP and various pro-Arroyo local government units are demanding permits to rallies from organizations holding the said gatherings is against the Constitution. Traffic jams are of no consequence compared to the massive inconvenience and even damage the corrupt and illegitimate administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is causing Filipinos day-in, day-out,” he said.

“Filipinos should defy this no-permit, no-rally ordinance. It’s a ruling that violates our rights while protecting the interest of an illegitimate government. EDSA is for everyone, the same goes for the EDSA shrine. These places symbolize the Filipino people’s indomitable will to struggle against dictatorship, fascism and corruption; and to build a Philippines where there is true democracy,” he added.

The veteran labor leader turned legislator that the PNP will not be able to dissuade Filipinos from holding protests along EDSA. “Short of declaring martial law and the suspension of basic civil and democratic rights, they will not keep people from marching and gathering in EDSA. Not even martial law can stop the protests,” he said.#


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