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Bloggers Says No to ConAss

July 29, 2009 1 comment

Bloggers have shown their disgust over recent moves to amend the Constitution of the Philippines through a Cyber Protest vs ConAss called for by Bloggers Kapihan and other groups. Here is the article by E. Eder at The Manila Blog Times

A day before President Gloria Arroyo’s state of the nation address, Bloggers Kapihan and Facebook group Pilipinas Kontra ConAss led a blog action day against House Resolution 1109, which seeks to convene Congress into a constituent assembly.

The House of Representatives adopted the resolution last July 3.

Bloggers Kapihan compiled a list of bloggers who participated in the blog action day:




at the time HR 1109 early part of june, we ran a similar campaign – a call to pinoy blogs and bloggers to link blogs on Con-Ass HR 1109 . that effort yielded at least 103 blogs.

Will SONA 2009 Be Turned Into A Con-Ass? The Filipino Soul We All Have Lost

July 21, 2009 2 comments

4 Senators skipping Arroyo’s last Sona

By Christine Avendaño
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:22:00 07/19/2009

MANILA, Philippines — Not wanting to waste their time or simply trying to dodge attempts of their counterparts in the House of Representatives to pursue Charter change, at least four senators said they were skipping President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s last State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 27.

And with a week to go before the Sona, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said Speaker Prospero Nograles assured him that congressmen would not pull a fast one on senators by convening the constituent assembly after Arroyo’s annual report to the nation.

Warning of chaos, Zubiri conceded that a senators’ walkout would be the least of Arroyo’s problems if the House called for a constituent assembly to tackle Charter change after the Sona.

“I spoke to Speaker Nograles and he said this will not happen. He even said it would be political suicide for him if this happened,” Zubiri said over dzBB radio.

He said Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile had vowed to immediately close the Senate session there.

“So I don’t think they will dare to make such a brazen attempt at amending the Constitution,” Zubiri said.

Saying he was no longer an officer in the Senate, Senator Francis Pangilinan, the former majority leader, said he would not attend the Sona as “it was no longer my duty to represent the Senate in the proceedings.”

“Besides if some hard-headed Con-ass (constituent assembly) proponents get tempted to railroad an illegal Cha-cha (Charter change) during the session, then they have one less senator available for a Moro-moro (charade),” Pangilinan said in a text message.

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senators, men and women of high intelligence, highly educated, people of worth and value,  from anyone of them can be the future president of the country – thinking the SONA might be turned into a con-ass  (constituent assembly) speaks so eloquently of the country’s state of the nation.

president arroyo will deliver her last SONA in a few days time. this is delivered under a joint session of congress and the senate. the senators, all of them have, said in no uncertain terms that they  will not support and attend  a constituent assembly meant to amend the constitution. the senators have thought of congress getting one on them and might turn the SONA into a con-ass.

we are a very divided country and a divide that is drawn out of mistrust of each other, even among leaders of the country, men and women of substance and intelligence. honor and respect is suspect even among these people who are supposed to be the country’s highest and most powerful leaders. they are supposed to be the most honorable men and women  in the country and yet the senators cannot seem to give that to the leadership of congress.

for the senators to even think that it is possible for the congressmen to do it in itself speaks volume of the kind of people that the senators think the congressmen are. we cannot blame the senators. the congressmen have done it before in approving con-ass. if they did it once, their honor thrown out, they can do it again.

that is what this country has been made into. we have lost our souls and our dignity. institutions have been raped and shattered. the country’s leaders in congress have shown us that everything and anything can be done regardless of tradition, what is right and what is honorable.

we need a change of leadership fast. we need to revive our souls.

HR 1109 Con-ass petitions junked, calls Atty. Lozano “ignorant and ignoble”, proven to have “cerebral deficit”. Aray ko po! Sana’y patawarin ka ng langit!

June 17, 2009 Leave a comment

okay, okay, hold your horses. when we read that the SC junked the con-ass petition lodged by atty. oliver lozano against passing of the con-ass HR 1109, we gave out an audible chuckle. it is headline news.
we proceeded with drinking coffee, then somewhere down the article, it said this:

The House has not yet performed a positive act that would warrant an intervention from this Court,” the high tribunal said in an eight-page unanimous resolution throwing out petitions by lawyer Oliver Lozano and businessman Louis Biraogo.

The court said the petitioners had no standing to question House Resolution No. 1109 and brushed off their claim that they were taxpayers. The tribunal said that no tax money had yet been spent for the planned exercise.

While saying that it had taken a liberal position in entertaining questions of law from those who claim to suffer personal injury from state acts, it declared that “it is not an open invitation for the ignorant and the ignoble to file petitions that prove nothing but their cerebral deficit.”

and the last sentence of the last paragraph almost took me to the emergency room for 2nd degree burns on my mouth and hands as i spewed hot coffee out of my mouth. i did not scream in pain, i laughed loud, as in LOL and LMAO to the nth degree!

i have to admit, i do not know what “ignoble” means but hey, extracting the meaning of the word from the context used in that sentence, i knew it must something every nasty.

here is a check on the meaning of the word:

Definitions of ignoble on the Web:

 the other part that made me understand what the word meant was the last part of the sentence people who file these types of petitions with the SC, aside from bring ignorant and ignoble (i love the word!) is that it proves they have a “cerebral deficit”!

i did not need to look up the meaning of the phrase, i get what it means. but will atty. lozano get it? how can he ever go the SC again when the SC has labeled him “ignorant and ignoble”, not to mention he has proven to the SC he suffers from “cerebral deficit”? hello, is this The National Mental Hospital?

damn, these SC justices can be real nasty!  

Lawyer Oliver Lozano, the "ignorant and ignoble" and has proven to have "cerebral deficit"


we disagree with the senators on con-ass

June 15, 2009 Leave a comment

not that we hate the senators, but to me time is not the issue for junking con-ass. the key issue is that the people do not want it. that is the first reason, bar none. 

that can be founded on many things – it can come from mistrust of arroyo, the fear that somehow term extension will be inserted. people are not only tired of arroyo, they can’t push time to be quicker to see her move out of malacanang. if an inventor finally designs a time machine, i am sure most filipinos will donate their hard earned money to buy one to use it just once – to fast forward time to may 2010. 

the second reason is the brutish way they got the con-ass to roll out of congress. there was blatant disregard of laws, processes and common decency. it was as if the congressmen who passed it in congress thought the whole populati0n was in some coma and that we will not notice nor will we protest against what they did.

the past days after the makati rally has seen all kinds of statements from arroyo’s allies. there were some loose talk on proponents offering a truce in exchange for no to con-ass groups from stopping the rallies. we took a 10 minute nap on that.

then the slip up which woke us up when an arroyo admin official said arroyo plans to run for congress in pampanga. not that we did not know, but that monstrous freudian slip confirmed in our minds that all of these is designed to get arroyo to extend her term beyond 2010.

time is very important now. bit for me, can i just have a big clock to smash it on some one’s head?    


Senators: No time left for Charter change

By Maila Ager
First Posted 16:45:00 06/15/2009

MANILA, Philippines – Senators chided their colleagues in the House of Representatives for saying that there was enough time left before the 2010 elections to amend the Constitution by convening a constituent assembly. Senator Francis Pangilinan said the Charter change proponents were “so out of touch with reality.” “They just don’t get it. Now is not the time for Cha-cha [Charter change]. Not without the Senate. Not just six months before the 2010 election period. Not without a budget, and, most importantly, not without the support of the public,” Pangilinan said in a statement on Monday.

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There’s time for Con-ass, say Arroyo allies

‘Justiceable’ cause for Supreme Court to resolve

By Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:49:00 06/15/2009

MANILA, Philippines—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s allies in the House of Representatives believe there is enough time to amend the Constitution and secure a Supreme Court ruling on it before the 2010 elections.

Sorsogon Rep. Jose Solis and Nueva Ecija Rep. Rodolfo Antonino, stalwarts of the administration-backed Lakas-Kampi-CMD, revealed that the House would immediately convene a constituent assembly (Con-ass) even without the Senate after the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 27.

The move, Solis and Antonino said, would be enough to create a “justiciable” cause for the high court to decide whether a Con-ass, as a Charter change (Cha-cha) mode, could be formed by House members representing the three-fourths vote needed to convene such an assembly.

The Senate has argued that voting in a Con-ass, contained in House Resolution No. 1109 approved earlier this month, should be made separately and not jointly.

“This matter has taken utmost public importance and urgency, I don’t think the Supreme Court will take long in coming up with a decision. I think two months will be enough,” Antonino said in an interview.

Solis was more optimistic that the decision would come in one month. “There will be enough time for Cha-cha before the 2010 polls if the Supreme Court upholds HR 1109,” Solis said.

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Want To Understand What Con-Ass Is All About? Read Pinoy Bloggers Here

June 12, 2009 Leave a comment

want  to know what con-ass is all about? need more information about con-ass? want to know the opinion of others?

we are publishing here a wide range of postings from various pinoy bloggers for all pinoys to get informed and get the opinions of others. read their posts here and decide for yourself the action you will take.

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Con-Ass RAPISTSentative Antonino feels the heat, offers truce. Does he think No To Con-Ass groups are idiots?

June 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Con-Ass RAPISTSentative Rodolfo Antonino

i do not know if i was going to laugh or going to cry when i read this news article on what RAPISTSentative said — “If everybody will stop and suspend [protest rallies against Charter change], we, the pro- Cha-cha, will suspend our moves to convene the constituent assembly (Con-ass),”

i wanted to cry because of the gall of this congressman to actually offer a truce to a much greater power that he and the con-ass RAPISTSentatives can muster. they are obviously afraid of the No To Con-Ass groups and the rally that was held in makati. he felt its power where in such a short notice groups from across philippine society came together to protest con-ass.

i wanted to laugh because crying for his idiocy is just too much. why would No To Con Ass groups stop the protests when all he is offering is they will “suspend” their moves? does he think No To Con Ass groups and individuals are idiots?

we will only suspend the rallies if they completely withdraw HR 1109. that is the only way that it can be done. and here are words he should remember — the No To Con Ass groups will always be there ready to mount more protests if they continue.

here is how you can send an email to RAPISTsentative Antonino, click here:


MANILA – Following nationwide protests against new moves to amend the charter, Nueva Ecija Representative Rodolfo Antonino, a member of the ruling Lakas-CMD-Kampi, on Thursday offered critics a conditional truce.

“If everybody will stop and suspend [protest rallies against Charter change], we, the pro- Cha-cha, will suspend our moves to convene the constituent assembly (Con-ass),” Antonino said in a press conference on Thursday.

Antonino is a key mover in the passage of House Resolution 1109 (HR 1109) convening Congress into a constituent assembly to amend the Constitution without the participation of the Senate.

However, he said the offer of a truce is his “personal initiative,” and not a party decision of the ruling Lakas-CMD-Kampi.

No To Con-Ass Power – across the board, in lightning speed

June 11, 2009 Leave a comment

the power of the people’s movement against the Con-Ass is at the same time  the same as before and new. but what calls attention in a very stark and obvious way is the new things that we saw unfold in this No To Con-Ass Power.

you see its power from people from all walks of life coming together to express it’s sentiments of outrage and rejection of con-ass. many of them banded together, formed small groups and did their own protest or forms of expressing their rejection of con-ass. across these individuals and individual groups run a common thread of rejection of con-ass.

what we saw in makati is a true representation of philippine society from the rich to the poor, the powerful and the powerless across all types of demographics and psychographics.

what is even more startling and this shows its true strength and power is by the speed by which individuals and groups came out to express their rejection of con-ass. it was lightning speed – withing a 24 to 48 hours of the House Of RAPISTSentatives passing HR 1109, groups were on the street in front of Ateneo asking motorists to honk their horns to protest con-ass.

a new component and this one showed massive power was the internet. in lightning speed, individuals and small groups released a logo for the movement, a website set up, numerous blogs publishing their views, twitter churning twits and a facebook account set-up.  the facebook component registered thousands almost immediately and is expected to reach 200,000 by the end of the week.

the power that the internet showed on the anti con-ass was so strong that traditional media like abs cbn’s prime time national news program ran a story on it last night  and major national newspapers also had it on their front pages.

the internet allows people who are not in the country, those outside of metro manila and those who are not available to join street protests to register their sentiments and their voices heard. 

by itself the numbers who used the internet as a form of protest are already huge, multiply than by at least 1o times and you will get the number of people who have read these postings on the internet.   these silent majority on the internet is a mother load of voices that will be heard in time.

and that is where the weakness of arroyo lie.

one of the biggest problems of arroyo is she is either immune, clueless or in-denial or all of it on the sentiments of the people. this is one president who was sworn in and actually promise to serve the people in her own terms, not in terms of what the people want and need, nor for the common good.

she has always underestimated or have turned a blind eye and mind to the the true sentiments of the people. this blindness is most susceptible to the power of the internet. the internet is largely invisible in numbers. clicks and hits are just numbers that one can easily forget the clicks and hits were done by humans, most probably all pinoys.

saying more on this may be futile, but this needs to be said for the last time – The  No To Con-Ass Power is across the board, in lightning speed. the wall has the writing on it.

June 10, 2009 “No To Con-Ass” Rally: if you can’t attend, let your voice be heard online – post a comment in the blogs!

June 10, 2009 1 comment

if  for one reason or another you will not be able to join the rally today at makati, you can still register your support to No Con-Ass here online.

take time to read the various blogs and social networks like facebook and twitter, don’t leave the blog until you  give a comment or response to each of the blog you read.

giving a comment in the blogs is most important as it is the equivalent of you being at the rally today. make the blogs and other internet facilities as your bulletin board, your placard.

if you cannot be seen at the rally, let your voice be heard online.

Hindi Ako Papayag TV Ad – No To House Of RAPISTSentatives’ Con-Ass HR 1109

June 8, 2009 Leave a comment

we were told that when something does not feel right, when it is wrong, we have to say NO! and we need to say it the loudest and strongest way we can when it comes to things that is patently wrong and patently evil.

saying no, “HINDI AKO PAPAYAG” is what this tv ad is saying. this ad is saying NO to the House Of RAPISTSentatives who has gang-raped the country and it’s constitution through Con-Ass  HR 1109.

get the email addresses of your congressmen here:

House Of RAPISTSentatives’ passing of Con-Ass HR1109 a terrorist act

June 8, 2009 Leave a comment

HR 1109 a terrorist act

HR 1109 a terrorist act


The number of the Resolution to convene a Constitutitonal Assembly (CONASS) – 1109 – is the reverse of 0911 [read New York and September 11]. This is in tune with Bro. Eddie Villanueva calling the mastermind as the ‘terrorist’.

Is it not that 09 in Roman numerals is IX, and 11 is XI? Placing them together: 0911 is IxxI. Some say that the 2 I’s stand for the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

And for 1109, the configuration is similar. xIIx. The 2 I’s stand for the Senate and the House of Representatives. Will it implode in smoke and dust?

Mere coincidence?

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a call to pinoy blogs and bloggers to link blogs on Con-Ass HR 1109

June 6, 2009 24 comments

We are issuing this call to all pinoy blogs and bloggers  to link to other blogs discussing or posting on the issue of the House Of Representatives passing HR 1109 in congress. Link to these blogs even if your blog’s topic is not on anything related to HR 1109.
HR 1109 is one the most important actions of the current congress that will affect the whole country and our lives.
Let us link together to give pinoys the opportunity to be properly informed on the issue so that they can intelligently decide on their own or join a group to take action.
Read up on Con-Ass HR 1109 and what Pinoy bloggers are saying about it here:


here is a list of pinoy blogs where  the topic of the House Of RAPISTSentative’s Con-Ass HR 1109 are posted. it is a long list (and growing) and each one giving a perspective on the con-ass. there are those who admit they were not political in nature, knew very little about cha-cha but now say that when they read about it, they understood what it meant and what he/she must do. the views and perspectives may be as many as the blogs are, they are however, united on one single point – the country must say no to con-ass!

click below, visit other blogs. you will surely see a perspective that you share with the authors:


we have started a new page in this blog where we publish posts from other bloggers on the con-ass issue. this will give a smpler of the varied perspectives but common thread of no to con-ass! click here:

to blog owners and bloggers: please copy and paste the above links in a post in your own blog.  if you read anything interesting in any of the blogs, please quote it and direct your readers to follow the link.

to readers of 2010 Presidentiables: above is a long list of blogs where you can find varied information and opinions on  HR 1109, please click any of it to get informed.  let your friends and family know about these links.

con-ass proponents are like rapists – cardinal rosales

December 19, 2008 Leave a comment


when cardinal rosales took over as archbishop of manila, the country and most specially civil society gave a collective ho-hum. some mourned. for good reason – rosales replaced the hugely popular and well-loved cardinal jaime sin.

cardinal sin is known for his wit and intelligence and above all, his activism in philippine political and national life. he is largely credited for the beginnings of the People Power Revolution that removed ferdinand marcos in 1986.

nobody will forget that day. people were just starting to gather in EDSA, then over the radio cardinal sin asked catholics to get out of their homes and proceed to isetan in cubao, the starting point for a march towards camp crame edsa for the people to protect camp crame and camp aguinaldo. the rest is history.

that kind of involvement is something everyone knew rosales will not give. and true enough, upon his installation in the highest position in the philippine catholic church, he simply disappeared into nowhere saying nothing about what was happening to the country. all of a sudden the archdiocese of manila turned silent, the exact opposite of what it was before. not only that, he instructed priests and bishops not to meddle in political affairs.

that was rosales then, but the rosales that we hear now is very, very different.

the bishops and now being led by rosales have been very vocal about the cha-cha and con-ass, the move by arroyo supporters to change the constitution to enable a term extension that can mean arroyo will install herself as president for life of the philippines.

cardinal rosales has transformed himself. and his latest statement to describe allowing the congressmen to form themselves into a con-ass to amend the constitution : “It’s like entrusting your teenage daughter in the care of a rapist.”

that statement is just one of many signs, words said, rallies organized and movements led that is pointing to a more active involvement of catholic bishops in national issues.

welcome, cardinal rosales. i am sure cardinal sin is smiling in heaven.

Cardinal: Con-ass backers like rapists

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:13:00 12/19/2008

MANILA, Philippines—Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales has expressed what may yet be his sharpest rebuke of administration lawmakers pushing a constituent assembly (Con-ass) to amend the 1987 Constitution.

“It’s like entrusting your teenage daughter in the care of a rapist,” Rosales told reporters. “I’m sorry for the analogy, but you get the idea.”

The cardinal said it would not be prudent to allow certain members of the House of Representatives to perform the task of Charter change because of their vested interests including “political dynasties.”

He added: “[There] is a danger of extending [the term of] the present administration and those who are occupying positions [in it] down to the last office.”

But Rosales, who now holds the prelature from which the late Jaime Cardinal Sin called on the people to overthrow two presidents, indicated the Catholic hierarchy’s support for “improving the Constitution.”

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