we disagree with the senators on con-ass
not that we hate the senators, but to me time is not the issue for junking con-ass. the key issue is that the people do not want it. that is the first reason, bar none.
that can be founded on many things – it can come from mistrust of arroyo, the fear that somehow term extension will be inserted. people are not only tired of arroyo, they can’t push time to be quicker to see her move out of malacanang. if an inventor finally designs a time machine, i am sure most filipinos will donate their hard earned money to buy one to use it just once – to fast forward time to may 2010.
the second reason is the brutish way they got the con-ass to roll out of congress. there was blatant disregard of laws, processes and common decency. it was as if the congressmen who passed it in congress thought the whole populati0n was in some coma and that we will not notice nor will we protest against what they did.
the past days after the makati rally has seen all kinds of statements from arroyo’s allies. there were some loose talk on proponents offering a truce in exchange for no to con-ass groups from stopping the rallies. we took a 10 minute nap on that.
then the slip up which woke us up when an arroyo admin official said arroyo plans to run for congress in pampanga. not that we did not know, but that monstrous freudian slip confirmed in our minds that all of these is designed to get arroyo to extend her term beyond 2010.
time is very important now. bit for me, can i just have a big clock to smash it on some one’s head?
Senators: No time left for Charter change
By Maila Ager
First Posted 16:45:00 06/15/2009
MANILA, Philippines – Senators chided their colleagues in the House of Representatives for saying that there was enough time left before the 2010 elections to amend the Constitution by convening a constituent assembly. Senator Francis Pangilinan said the Charter change proponents were “so out of touch with reality.” “They just don’t get it. Now is not the time for Cha-cha [Charter change]. Not without the Senate. Not just six months before the 2010 election period. Not without a budget, and, most importantly, not without the support of the public,” Pangilinan said in a statement on Monday.
There’s time for Con-ass, say Arroyo allies
‘Justiceable’ cause for Supreme Court to resolve
By Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:49:00 06/15/2009
MANILA, Philippines—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s allies in the House of Representatives believe there is enough time to amend the Constitution and secure a Supreme Court ruling on it before the 2010 elections.
Sorsogon Rep. Jose Solis and Nueva Ecija Rep. Rodolfo Antonino, stalwarts of the administration-backed Lakas-Kampi-CMD, revealed that the House would immediately convene a constituent assembly (Con-ass) even without the Senate after the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 27.
The move, Solis and Antonino said, would be enough to create a “justiciable” cause for the high court to decide whether a Con-ass, as a Charter change (Cha-cha) mode, could be formed by House members representing the three-fourths vote needed to convene such an assembly.
The Senate has argued that voting in a Con-ass, contained in House Resolution No. 1109 approved earlier this month, should be made separately and not jointly.
“This matter has taken utmost public importance and urgency, I don’t think the Supreme Court will take long in coming up with a decision. I think two months will be enough,” Antonino said in an interview.
Solis was more optimistic that the decision would come in one month. “There will be enough time for Cha-cha before the 2010 polls if the Supreme Court upholds HR 1109,” Solis said.