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HEADLINES: Filipinos don't want Charter change – poll | Mar. 28, 2024

Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Maundy Thursday, March 28, 2024.

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BANNER: Filipinos don't want Charter change – poll

NEARLY nine out of 10 Filipinos said the 1987 Constitution must not be amended, with 75 percent of them saying it should not be amended now or at any other time, the latest survey conducted by Pulse Asia showed. In the «Ulat sa Bayan» survey conducted from March 6-10, 2024, 88 percent said they did not want the current constitution to be amended now, and 75 percent of them said it should never be amended. Meanwhile, 14 percent said that while the Constitution could not be amended, it could be amended sometime in the future. Of these, 6 percent said the Charter could be amended during the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., while 8 percent said that it could be done in the next administration. Only 8 percent of respondents said they were in favor of amending the Constitution.

Chinese SCS moves destabilizing — Australia

AUSTRALIA on Wednesday criticized «destabilizing and coercive» actions in the South China Sea, including unsafe encounters at sea and in the air and the militarization of disputed features. Canberra said the pattern of «deeply concerning behavior» by China in the S.C.S. «endangers the peace and security of the region, threatens lives and livelihoods, and creates risks of miscalculation and escalation.»

Holy Thursday commemorates Last Supper


CATHOLICS commemorate today, Holy Thursday, the Last Supper of Jesus Christ, which marks the start of the Easter Triduum, a three-day period leading to the resurrection of Christ and considered the most solemn part of the Holy Week. The start of the Easter Triduum also marks the end of the 40-day Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The 40-day Lent represents the time Jesus Christ spent enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to start his ministry. It is also on the evening of Holy Thursday, also known as Maundy Thursday, that practicing Catholics do the traditional «Visita Iglesia,» the