Initial returns from 'Citizen Assemblies' in communities throughout the Philippines have given President Ferdinand Marcos a clear mandate to maintain marital law and adopt a new national constitution.
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Background: Initial returns from 'Citizen Assemblies' in communities throughout the Philippines have given President Ferdinand Marcos a clear mandate to maintain marital law and adopt a new national constitution.
The Citizen Assemblies, consisting of local residents, have been meeting to discuss questions submitted by the Government.
Among questions discussed were whether the people wanted a new constitution and whether they wished a continuation of martial law, imposed by President Marcos last September.
A Presidential spokesman said that President Marcos would abide by the 'mandate of the people' -- the Assemblies' decision.
The new constitution was to have been put to a plebiscite on Monday (15 January), but president Marcos postponed the vote to give the people more time to discuss the issue.
SYNOPSIS: Communities throughout the Philippines have been holding 'Citizen Assemblies' to openly discuss questions submitted by the Government. They've been asked whether they want a new constitution and a continuation of martial law, imposed by President Ferdinand Marcos last September.
President Marcos suspended the effects of martial law on debates on the new charter to allow free discussion without fear of arrest of anyone opposing it. Mayors and local officials addressed the Citizen Assemblies before resolutions were put to the vote. Altogether 36,000 assemblies throughout the country were held and initial returns indicated that the people had given the President a clear mandate to maintain martial law and adopt a new constitution.