The news had already broken out in the final hours of June 2nd, 2009. The House of Representatives passed House Resolution 1109 which calls for a constituent assembly to propose amendments or revision of the 1986 Constitution.
Just like how the House majority disposed of the Impeachment complaints against their master, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, they used their sheer numbers in rail-roading the said resolution.
That despite the truth that there are other key pieces of legislation that has been languishing in the Lower House, like the right of reply bill and the extension of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
This dastardly act proves once more how rotten, corrupt and self-serving the present government is. They’re really bent on moving heaven and earth just to perpetuate themselves in power.
All the previous talk in the media of House key figures like Luis Villafuerte about how the Cha-cha express was halted because of the lack of time was just all that. All talk but more so, they were all just lies! Something that has been one of the defining attributes of this present dispensation.
They have even kept the mantra of saying that Cha-Cha does not mean the extension of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s stay in power but again, this has been proven to be nothing but bull as mentioned by Cavite Rep. Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. when he was asked about that particular possibility. His reply was this:
“Everything is possible, but it depends on the sound judgment of our colleagues,”
Sound judgement? Well we’ve already seen the things brought about by their “sound judgments” and all we could expect from this particular passing of HR 1109 that nothing good will ever come out of it.
So once more, I urge all the good thinking Filipinos, wherever they are, to stand and oppose this kind of Charter Change.
Oppose this kind of Charter Change that will perpetuate Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in power!
Oppose this kind of “sound judgement” that will rape our Constitution!
Oppose this kind of politics that benefit only those who are already in power!
If we want to be true to the pledges we ourselves have made that are geared towards the good of our country, now is the time to put those convictions into action.
Show your opposition to the Constituent Assembly
Youth groups will protest today, 11:30 AM assembly at Bustillos Church, near LRT2 Legarda in Sampaloc, Manila then march to Mendiola to condemn railroading of Con-Ass resolution
UP students can converge earlier at AS (Palma Hall) Lobby at around 10 AM, then proceed together to the protest venues.
Later this afternoon at 1:00pm, students from all over Metro Manila will converge in front of the St. Peter’s Church along Commonwealth Ave to protest against and denounce the passage of HR 1109 and the delay of the approval of more important bills.
This is the continuation of our long struggle to restore good governance and effect more meaningful changes in our country.
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