Thousands Protest Constitution Change in Philippines

Protesters display placards as they prepare to march towards Manila's financial district, 12 Dec 2008
Protesters display placards as they prepare to march towards Manila’s financial district, 12 Dec 2008

Thousands of people in the Philippines have demonstrated against a move to revise the constitution, which they say could extend the presidential term in office.

Left-wing lawmakers and religious groups joined opposition protesters in a march through central Manila Friday, with police on high alert.

Supporters of President Gloria Arroyo have held public hearings in congress on amending the constitution. The president’s opponents said the amendments would enable her to stay in office beyond 2010, when her six-year term expires.

President Arroyo has survived several coup attempts and efforts to impeach her on charges of corruption.

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