Charter change

May 14, 2022 People's Tonight 51 views

THE 35-year-old fundamental law of the land, sometimes known as the “Cory Constitution,” needs to be rewritten since it has defects that must be corrected soonest.

And the public wants to believe that any move to revisit the Constitution hinges on the greater consideration that changes should benefit the people and the country.

Note that there are so many problems confronting the administration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr., who is set to assume office on June 30.

“Makakatulong ng malaki ang pag-amiyenda sa Constitution sa unang taon ng Marcos presidency para mapabilis ang pagbangon ng bansa,” said a retired state employee.

“Huwag nating kalimutan na meron lamang anim na taon ang incoming administration para bigyang solusyon ang napakarami nating mga problema,” he added.

What’s important is for the incoming government to assure the Filipino people, including the ordinary citizens, that a charter change initiative is not for selfish ends.

In the past, all attempts to rewrite the 1987 Constitution failed because of the Filipino people’s fear that certain government officials wanted to hold on to power “for life.”

Today, various quarters want the incoming administration to succeed in fast-tracking socio- economic development and pave the way for the elimination of mass poverty.

“Dapat matanggal na sa Saligang Batas ang mga provision na nagsisilbing sagabal sa mabilis na pag–unlad ng ating bansa,” said a die-hard Marcos supporter .

Thus, the incoming Senate and House of Representatives may convene themselves into a constituent assembly to propose changes to the Philippine Constitution.