PHILIPPINE NEWS – Belying reports that they are going to support a purported coup d’état against President Benigno S. Aquino III, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) spokesman Teodoro Casiño said that activities and protests are being planned by cause–oriented groups for a ‘People Power’.
Casiño, a former lawmaker, said the plans are in the wake of the tragic Mamasapano incident and its various implications.
“We are not calling for a coup d’état nor an armed revolt, we want the President to be held accountable for his many failures”, Casiño said.
“There is nothing to fear from People Power. We call on the authorities not to prevent people from coming out in the streets to express their demand for change,” said Casiño who added that most people are demanding for truth and accountability on the death of 44 SAF members in Maguindanao.
“These are legitimate grievances and the government should not prevent people from expressing their sentiments in social media or in the streets”, he said.
Casiño disclosed that civil society organizations, religious, laity, political leaders, and concerned individuals agree on the consensus that the Mamasapano incident is just the latest in a string of blunders by the Aquino government reflecting systemic flaws in the country’s political system.