Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Women To Glo: Resign!

Women activists press anew for Arroyo's resignation

by Joel Francis Guinto

HUNDREDS of women activists marched to Ayala Avenue in the Makati financial district on Tuesday to press for the resignation of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Women activist party-list group Gabriela led the protest, which was attended by among others, Sandra Cam, a witness who has linked several members of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's family to illegal gambling payoffs.

"She [Arroyo] is very hard-headed. She refuses to listen to the people," Gabriela Representative Liza Maza said in a mobile phone text message.

Maza claimed 5,000 women joined the march. Radio reports pegged the crowd at 1,000. Police could not immediately give an estimate.

Tuesday's march is the third anti-Arroyo protest in Makati in a week.

Last Tuesday, evangelist Brother Eddie Villanueva held a prayer rally. A day later, the political opposition mounted a rally that drew in some 30,000 people.

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