Bro. Mike Velarde, the spiritual leader of El Shaddai and known spiritual adviser of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has made it public that he would rally on the streets of Manila including his four million followers to stop any move towards a charter change.
Velarde was quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer today (December 3, 2008). He suggested to the President that she should stop her children from pursuing any initiative towards this effect in the house of representatives.
Velarde added that " Charter change, particularly through a Con-ass that would disregard the Senate, was ill-timed and divisive".
The Philippine Daily Inquirer also reports that "religious, civil society and militant groups are planning an interfaith rally dubbed “Labanan ang Cha-cha ni Gloria” on Dec. 12 at the Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas intersection in Makati City".
The move to ratify the Philippine Constitution drew varied reactions and majority showed their opposition. The Filipinos fear that charter change if stubbornly effected by the current administration will unite the Filipinos to another people power.