HR1109 should be
viewed in a wider context and not only on PGMA’s term extension, says
A Press Statement of
June 10, 2009
The Alliance for
Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) calls on all Filipinos to take a
serious look on the need to amend some provisions of our Constitution
and not harp solely on the issue on the extension of the term of
office of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The main issue here is
not President Arroyo but on what is best for our people and country. I
voted in the affirmative for House Resolution 1109 to make our
constitution more attuned and responsive to the call of the times.
ANAD believes that
putting in place a Unicameral System or a Federal form of government
could be the best move to make as these would save more than enough
funds that the government could use to strengthen our democratic
institutions and people’s well being. In the present bicameral system,
the upper house or the Senate, aside from practically unnecessary
duplicating the legislative functions with the House of
Representatives, could be a good avenue for corruption especially
during elections where each candidate conducts a nationwide campaign
for a seat in the Senate. This entails a lot of money to spend. The
next question then would be – How would these candidate recover the
money they used during the campaign? The present
presidential-bi-cameral form of government is definitely weak.
Obviously, this breeds corruption from the top to the lowest rung of
A federal form of
government is also a wise and good move considering the devolution and
decentralization of power and authority from the seat of national
governance to the different regions of the country.
The issue of PGMA’s
possible extension of office is an issue raised and twisted to high
heavens by the Maoist communist agitators and pseudo partylist groups
1. They abhor and
disliked a change in our constitution, either in form or substance.
Any change of system would negate all of their intentions and motives
in conducting street protests and other anti-government actions;
2. The demented minds
of Maoist communist agitator-propagandists’ choice is to constantly
target PGMA because they prefer the present set-up of government in
support to their political aspiration of putting 3 of their cohorts in
the Senate, through their communist front political party MAKABAYAN.
If this happens, it is just a few steps away from the penultimate
position of power in government; and
3. They wanted this
condition because it feeds on their appetite to sow discontent,
disinformation, and public disorder among Filipinos and even the
international community of nations.
Why are those against
HR 1109 harping on this concern if they believe that the President
does not have the support of the majority of the Filipinos? Why were
the Maoist communist agitators, especially those in the pseudo
Partylist groups, silent and never protested nor questioned then
President Corazon Aquino’s appointing members of the Constitutional
Commission in l986 and not truly reflective of the people’s mandate?
The truth of the matter is that they are afraid of their own shadow.
This is the very same shadow that they themselves created! They are
now totally out of touch with reality. Their only motivation is
putting in place a situation in furtherance of their own revolutionary
Let us admit the fact
that there are flaws in the l987 Constitution. These flaws need our
immediate attention and action to be able to respond to the demand of
our people and the call of the time. We should rise up forthwith not
because of our emotions but for a more noble purpose of not allowing
the Maoist communist CPP-NPA-NDF to exploit the issue.
The current situation
is very serious and critical. Indeed, our country needs people who can
readily stand up and ably respond to the demagoguery wrought by the
Maoist agitators who have successfully influenced different sectors of
the Filipino community, to include the religious.
Truly enough, ANAD
will not be surprised to see these personalities on the streets during
the mass actions during President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s State of
the Nation Address on July 27 and chanting anti-Charter change and
other anti-government slogans.
It is high time that I
call on the members of the House of Representatives who voted
affirmative to HR 1109 to come out into the open and explain their
respective position. We have our sworn duty and obligation to explain
this to our people. A united front on pro-charter change must be
established and mobilized to explain to the people the whys,
wherefores, and other imperatives appurtenant to HR 1109 and not to
leave it up to any one man alone.
The same call holds
true for government and all freedom loving Filipinos. There is only
way to enlighten our people. This will only happen if we “come out of
our own cowardly shells.” Our continued silence is only what the
enemies of freedom and democracy wanted.
We must always be
reminded of British statesman Edmund Burke who said - - - ALL THAT IS
NECESSARY FOR EVIL TO TRIUMPH IS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING.