Will SONA 2009 Be Turned Into A Con-Ass? The Filipino Soul We All Have Lost
4 Senators skipping Arroyo’s last Sona
By Christine Avendaño
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:22:00 07/19/2009
MANILA, Philippines — Not wanting to waste their time or simply trying to dodge attempts of their counterparts in the House of Representatives to pursue Charter change, at least four senators said they were skipping President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s last State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 27.
And with a week to go before the Sona, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said Speaker Prospero Nograles assured him that congressmen would not pull a fast one on senators by convening the constituent assembly after Arroyo’s annual report to the nation.
Warning of chaos, Zubiri conceded that a senators’ walkout would be the least of Arroyo’s problems if the House called for a constituent assembly to tackle Charter change after the Sona.
“I spoke to Speaker Nograles and he said this will not happen. He even said it would be political suicide for him if this happened,” Zubiri said over dzBB radio.
He said Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile had vowed to immediately close the Senate session there.
“So I don’t think they will dare to make such a brazen attempt at amending the Constitution,” Zubiri said.
Saying he was no longer an officer in the Senate, Senator Francis Pangilinan, the former majority leader, said he would not attend the Sona as “it was no longer my duty to represent the Senate in the proceedings.”
“Besides if some hard-headed Con-ass (constituent assembly) proponents get tempted to railroad an illegal Cha-cha (Charter change) during the session, then they have one less senator available for a Moro-moro (charade),” Pangilinan said in a text message.
senators, men and women of high intelligence, highly educated, people of worth and value, from anyone of them can be the future president of the country – thinking the SONA might be turned into a con-ass (constituent assembly) speaks so eloquently of the country’s state of the nation.
president arroyo will deliver her last SONA in a few days time. this is delivered under a joint session of congress and the senate. the senators, all of them have, said in no uncertain terms that they will not support and attend a constituent assembly meant to amend the constitution. the senators have thought of congress getting one on them and might turn the SONA into a con-ass.
we are a very divided country and a divide that is drawn out of mistrust of each other, even among leaders of the country, men and women of substance and intelligence. honor and respect is suspect even among these people who are supposed to be the country’s highest and most powerful leaders. they are supposed to be the most honorable men and women in the country and yet the senators cannot seem to give that to the leadership of congress.
for the senators to even think that it is possible for the congressmen to do it in itself speaks volume of the kind of people that the senators think the congressmen are. we cannot blame the senators. the congressmen have done it before in approving con-ass. if they did it once, their honor thrown out, they can do it again.
that is what this country has been made into. we have lost our souls and our dignity. institutions have been raped and shattered. the country’s leaders in congress have shown us that everything and anything can be done regardless of tradition, what is right and what is honorable.
we need a change of leadership fast. we need to revive our souls.