The congressman who junked the impeachment complaint for Arroyo has robbed the Filipino people again.Most members of congress that we’ve known seem to fall under the definition of a “Puppet”. In the minds of many Filipinos, these puppet members of congress are associated with Malacanang. Lest we not forget, “Intelligence does not preclude stupidity.”
They want to rob more, they’re working to the bone to amend the Constitution and shift to a parliamentary system of government before the 2010 elections.They insist that the House, acting as a constituent assembly, can approve proposed amendments to the Constitution by a three-fourths vote of all its members without the Senate.The Constitution does not require three-fourths vote of the Senate and three-fourths vote of the House for the approval of constitutional amendments, according to these Malacanang puppet.
The present constitution allows the Congress to make any proposition for amendments or revisions thru a vote of three-fourths of all its members. Section 1 of Article XVII states:
Any amendment to, or revision of, this Constitution may be proposed by:
(1) The Congress, upon a vote of three-fourths of all its Members; or
(2) A constitutional convention.
There is a catch to this however. The above provision of the constitution is not very clear as to the three-fourths vote requirements, whether such would mean all the members of the Lower House and the Senate voting as one or whether such three-fourths votes be culled while the two houses of Congress are voting separately. If it’d be interpreted that the casting of votes may be held separately, then the constitutional assembly may not materialize just as yet since it has been long known publicly that most of the Senators wouldn’t agree to any amendment proposition that may cause the elimination of their existence, like when the set of changes includes the shift to a parliamentary form of government. It’s like them putting a hole in their own heads, some say. Or hitting themselves with a hammer in the head.
A change from presidential to parliamentary in the current political context therefore would not truly address the issue of political corruption. In fact, in a ruthlessly corrupt system, including the legislative branch of government, a parliamentary system could lead to a long-standing authoritarian rule fed by corruption of the ruling alliance.
We should resist any attempt to have the puppet in congress change the Constitution and shift to a parliamentary government. Imagine, the present congressmen writing the new constitution! Can we trust them to do that? What kind of constitution will they, with their brains, write? The fact alone that the son of the president is behind it is enough to make us distrust the whole exercise.We should not allow them to bamboozle us into changing to a parliamentary system. It would be a change from bad to worse.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” There are many issues that can use re-examination. We have many problems with poverty, illiteracy, health care, disparity between the very rich and poor, and other social ills. The one thing I’ve learned in my lifetime is that you can’t fix a problem simply by throwing money at it. Give any person or organization too much money and they’ll easily find ways to pour the money down the sewer through careless spending habits. We all do it – that’s human nature. Fixing a problem takes careful analysis, a review of possible solutions, balancing the pros and cons for all affected peoples and then precise planning to implement the solution, and not by throwing caution to the winds.
The present government have forgotten to listen to the people and simply pursued their own personal agenda. they are not worthy of amending the Constitution because they have no principles and sadly, most of their commitments are up for sale according to Jose De Venecia.
This Cha Cha , if you may call them, by the puppet lawmakers are waste of time and money. While there are pressing matters that these officials should address for the survival of our nation, they are just playing around with our time, money and resources.