Father Dureza’s prayer was answered by the President son to push Charter change through a constituent assembly, Arroyo’s son confirmed that he had asked some of his colleagues to sign the resolution. The president son of a gun has no delicadeza and shameless for pursuing the devious scheme to railroad the passage by Congress of amendments to the 1987 Constitution aimed at extending the stay in office of his Mamasita so that Papasito can have the best medical care at St.Luke’s hospital fully paid by Juan Dela Cruz tax money.
Changing the form of government is not the problem, any ways the Politicians should change their habits,Stop corruptions,it is the best way that our country will be progressive. I don’t agree with the idea that changing the form of government can lead to the progress of our country. I believe that it’s the leader that needs to be changed. I think this charter change would only lead to the extension of Gloria Arroyo’s term which is basically what she has in mind for proposing such change. Form of government is not that important, what is important is how the leader will do his/her job, the problem with our leaders here is they only think for themselves, if that kind of attitude is not changed, don’t expect to have a bright future for the Philippines!
Right now,there is something wrong with presidents, senators, and congressmen and elected local officials using the bully pulpit, in the form of resolutions and censures, to express their immoral sense on how the country should be run. Some lawmakers don’t offer counter-resolutions to their colleagues. Increasingly, since Gloria Arroyo stole the presidency, her direct governmental and military intervention leads to positive evil. I guess an idle mind is truly the devil’s playground. Likewise, regarding humanitarian disasters, there is nothing wrong with our private citizens and groups going on site to alleviate suffering–as long as it is understood that they have assumed the risk and that they’re going on their own dime. Filipino’s have been inspired by the historic transparency of anglo-american separation of powers and our (increasingly hypothetical) commitment to a “government of laws and not of men.”
Amending the Constitution should not be rushed because the Charter is a very important document of the nation and there should be a very wide discussion of the issue before it is done. It is important that these agreements become binding among all or the majority of legislators, so that the Charter change will be transparent and people will have more trust in it.
We don’t need to amend the Constitution to put our country back on its feet. We only need to free ourselves from the scourge of corrupt and incompetent politicians. In many other societies, the people have done that either by the rules of an existing constitution, or extra-constitutionally, by the direct exercise of their will. In the aftermath of a political upheaval, they may decide to write a new constitution, reflecting the wish for a new relationship between citizens and government. Creating a constitution is always, in its original sense, an act of the people themselves.
It is not hard to draw the impression that behind all these proposed amendments are vested interests with no regard for the national good. Not one of them seems in any way crucial to the fundamental problems of poverty, inequality, or corruption. But they are there, presented in urgent tone, and in full awareness that there is nothing that cannot be made to look good or necessary by simple re-description. They may draw their rationale from social objectives like efficiency, economic growth, or political stability. But ultimately, this is not so much about the well-being of the Filipino people as it is about the self-interest of politicians and the economic groups they serve.
We the Filipino people have a chance. Our Constitution where the people have the final say. How do we as Filipino’s benefit from allowing these interests to have such influence to dictate our laws? The move of the illegal president son and the cohorts congressman have clearly demonstrated the heavy costs to the Filipino people of the status quo. A Constitutional Amendment is certainly a dramatic step for our country, but also our greatest hope to restore a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
“Whatever be the Constitution, great care must be taken to provide a mode of amendment when experience or change of circumstances shall have manifested that any part of it is unadapted to the good of the nation. In some of our States it requires a new authority from the whole people, acting by their representatives, chosen for this express purpose, and assembled in convention. This is found too difficult for remedying the imperfections which experience develops from time to time in an organization of the first impression. A greater facility of ammendment is certainly requisite to maintain it in a course of action accommodated to the times and changes through which we are ever passing.” –Thomas Jefferson to A. Coray, 1823. ME 15:488