A conference aimed at rewriting the Philippines Constitution opened in Manila yesterday (Tuesday). Speaking at?
A conference aimed at rewriting the Philippines Constitution opened in Manila yesterday (Tuesday). Speaking at the opening, President Ferdinand Marcos called for national unity, but outside 6,000 demonstrators denounced the conference, saying it did not represent the interests of the masses.
Some of the demonstrators marched through the streets before the conference began and booed when President Marcos, accompanied by his wife, arrived.
309 delegates - elected in a poll last year - are attending the conference. Their job is to replace the current constitution, drawn up 36 years ago under American rule, with what President Marcos called a Philippines constitution.
President Marcos told the delegates that it was his fervent hope that the convention would succeed in what he termed 'its noble task to meet the great expectations of our people in a Philippines constitution.'
But 20 delegates walked out in protest against the presence of the president and were warmly greeted by the demonstrators waiting outside.