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필리핀, 헌법 수정 계획 반대 대규모 시위 (eng)


필리핀 헌법의 대폭 수정계획에 반대하는 대규모 군중시위가 수도 마닐라에서 벌어졌습니다.

필리핀 경찰은 마닐라 리잘 공원에서 5만 명이 운집한 가운데 벌어진 헌법수정 반대 군중시위에 참가한 필리핀 가톨릭주교회의 등 재야 단체들은 글로리아 아로요 대통령의 헌법수정 계획은 아로요 대통령의 집권연장을 위한 책략이라고 비난했습니다.

아로요 대통령을 지지하는 필리핀 하원의원들은 군중의 항의에 부딪친 가운데 헌법수정안을 보류했으나 가톨릭주교회의는 헌법수정 반대 군중시위를 강행하기로 결정했습니다.

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Tens of thousand of Filipinos have attended a prayer rally in Manila to protest government attempts to overhaul the country's constitution.

Police say the rally in Manila's Rizal Park attracted up to 50-thousand people, but the figure is only a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of people that organizers had hoped for.

An influential group of Catholic bishops (the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines) called the rally to protest attempts by President Gloria Arroyo and allies to adopt a British-style parliamentary system of government.

Philippine opposition groups strongly criticized the proposed reforms, saying they are a ploy by Ms. Arroyo to extend her stay in power.

Ms. Arroyo's allies in the House of Representatives shelved the constitutional amendments earlier this week in response to the criticism.

The Philippine bishops' organization decided to go ahead with today's rally despite the government decision to back down.

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