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A crowd estimated by Church-organizers at 12,000 marched to the Bacolod public plaza yesterday to air their grievances*

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I’ve never expressed
desire to extend my term – Gloria
BY CARLA GOMEZ

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday said she has never expressed the desire to extend her term beyond 2010, but did not categorically state that she would not seek any other elective post next year.

She also did not respond to calls to put a stop to Charter Change in her ninth State of the Nation Address, which she began with a prayer for former President Corazon Aquino, who is battling colon cancer.

Her critics have raised fears that, with a shift towards a parliamentary form of government through Cha-Cha, Arroyo could run for a congressional seat and become prime minister.moremoremore

Bayan gives
GMA failing grade

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Negros gave President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo a failing grade of 2 on a scale of 1-10 in their own version of the State of the Nation Address at the Fountain of Justice in Bacolod City yesterday.

Bayan-Negros secretary general Felipe Levy Gelle yesterday said their SONA was about the nine years of suffering and oppression of the Filipinos under the Arroyo administration.

He said the Arroyo regime has neglected the needs of the people so the rate of poverty has increased in 2006 compared to 2003. moremoremore

Step down in 2010,
stop Chacha, rallyists call
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Bishop

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Categorically state you will step down in 2010, Rep. Teodoro Casiño and Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra tell President Arroyo *

A crowd of about 12,000 gathered at the Bacolod public plaza yesterday for a Church-led rally to call on Congress to stop Charter Change now and on President Gloria Arroyo to step down in 2010.

“People power is alive and kicking in Negros,” Rep. Teodoro Casiño (Bayan Muna partylist), one of the speakers at the rally, said.

“If this (the crowd at the Bacolod plaza) is an indication of the protests in other parts of the country, then I am confident that the people can defeat Charter change. This is the kind of protest that even the government cannot stop, and that had stopped Chacha in 1998 and 2006,” he said.moremoremore

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