In Philippine government, anything could be dawned with weather that legislators all could be desired, manipulating their power, which is disappointing at this point.
If they would only join the reality show Survivor, Philippine government edition, with eyes tight and clever tactic in building allies, the last survivor will outwit all with great power of immunity.
They were sent in a place of trust. Their dismal characters then played in an island away from overwhelming destructions while waking up in a first breathe of the gulf air as if no other people rely on their next unexpected moves.
All of them are tasked to look for the immunity idol in order not to be eliminated. They have to build their best ally; otherwise, enemies will come secretive.
The open chest of pork barrels, longer stay in the game and power were the obvious rewards.
In case of Charter Change (Cha-cha), its first step–constitutional assembly (Con-ass)—requires three fourths of vote of the bicameral Philippine Congress, Senate and House of Representatives (HOR), in order to amend the 1987 constitution. So numbers must put in for large sums.
Senate made more adjustments to this situation. Senators obviously don’t want to come up in a Cha-cha due to their extinction. They don’t want to include themselves in the whole three fourth requirements because lower congress can outnumber them.
To notice how brains work in the system, congressmen were tagged as GMA’s ally who voluntarily say ayes just because they need pork barrels for their constituents—the reason why they are called representatives.
How come this sensitive issue answers the self-serving motives of congressmen? Isn’t too easy for the lower congress to decide on a House Resolution (HR)?
When HR1109 was proposed, multi-sectoral groups outraged due to Ms Arroyo’s possible overstay in Malacañang palace. But only few understand it.
It is, in fact, better to watch the mainstream media in reporting news about the Cha-cha and talk other constitutional jargons as simple Filipino cannot be able to understand what is happening.
The attempt of GMA’s railway expansion runs so fast that Filipinos don’t realize the risks of speed. But I believe, at some pace, Filipinos are beginning to sway.
Despite the Hello Garci scandal, NBN-ZTE scam, allegations of money laundering, corruption of the first family and abuse of power, GMA stays still in Malacañang while thinking what next moves to run in her line ups, handling all with grace.
No doubt she has her allies in the lower congress. With the power of their number, con-ass will rise, dawning a charter change for a trip of another term.
The deep sympathy of the nation during the painful days of Marcos’s declaration of Martial Lawera was acknowledged by the People Power revolution. Will there be a third Edsa Revolution?
More to point, the long progress throughout the passage of HR 1109 conveys an idea of great demonstration of disloyalty to Filipinos. Many possible changes wait in the newly revised Philippine constitution.
July 27, set apart as the State of the Nation Address (SONA) for the upturn of Arroyo’s mortality highness as the chief executive of the Philippines, is not only a special day.
Her last possible SONA is at first aiming little more sympathy of her stay than a service for Filipino people. It will result to the burst of undivided popular emotions witnessed in the clashes of Senate, HOR and other involvements.
The day will be dawned with the weather that was all could be desired until people say the final verdict: “Last person voted out in the Survivor Philippine government…Ms Arroyo.”
Like a halo-halo in rainy days, Cha-cha is not yet seasoned. The change will later give way after the 2010 election.
Through this medium, I encourage FEU students to stand against Cha-cha. The reason for this: I believe that a close watch in the government might provide future evidences.
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