In just a week after Gloria’s cohorts in the House of Representatives (thieves?) passed the Con-Ass resolution, various groups have already launched different forms of protests. To think that I am only watching videos through the internet, these creative protest actions (some may not be as lucky to be projected on television) reminds me of the time when I was still a full-time activist during the height of the anti-Erap struggle on the last quarter of the year 2000.
So I dared to make a list of the different forms of protest I’ve heard and seen:
1. Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) announced that they will siege the houses of the congressmen who voted in favor of HB 1109. They started last June 9 by pelting Quezon City District 3 Representative Matias Defensor’s concrete walls with rotten tomatoes. Another group made the same act at the District Office of Speaker Prospero Nograles in Davao the next day.
2. Sanlakas hosted a prayer intercession parody event in front of the Quiapo Church to cast the evil spirits out of those who railroaded the Con-Ass resolution. Celebrity host Tado Jimenez acts like Moses, complete with a wooden scepter, at the activity. They’ve called their tarpaulin gallery of Con-Ass railroaders as the “Altar of Traitors”.
3. RockED-Philippines hosted a silent protest at the Baywalk in Manila. One of their streamers displayed a bold “Explain Yourselves”-slogan addressed to the evil congressmen.
4. Anakbayan tried and was almost successful in reclaiming Mendiola and the EDSA Shrine as legitimate venues for demonstrations. It seems that the police force were given the instruction to finally practice maximum tolerance as violent confrontations will surely ignite the social volcano.
5. Partido ng Manggagawa used the Metro railroad tracks as a venue for their protests. Using trolleys, they chanted, “Chicha hindi Cha-cha!” Sloganeering and economism rolled into one.
6. The Liberal Party distributed small packs of Boy Bawang at the June 10 Ayala Rally to ward off the “Con-Asswang”. Of course, their Presidentiable Mar Roxas leads the pack.
7. Alab-Katipunan, in the same rally, brandished a colorful placard depicting Arroyo as the “Con-Ahass”. Creative enough for an obscure leftist organization.
8. Confessed Vice Presidentiable Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, Pampanga Gov. Among Ed Panlilio and Color It Red vocalist Cookie Chua stars in a supposed anti-Con-Ass TV advertisement. They are still waiting for funding though according to a news report.
9. Anti-Con-ass activists in Cebu were seen wearing protective masks against the H1N1 virus. They just added a simple “No to Con-Ass!” to their health-conscious fashion accessories.
10. Body and face painting is the theme of the demonstration in Cagayan de Oro City.
11. The band Datu’s Tribe led by vocalist Cabring posted a hilarious photo essay protest against Con-Ass on their blog: http://lupitnicabring.wordpress.com/2009/06/10/datus-tribe-contra-con-ass-lego-adventures-3/
12. OFW Noli Benavent created a Facebook cause entitled Stop Con-Ass Now! a day after the resolution was approved. As of the latest count, it already has more than 73,000 members.
this list will be updated every now and then