I kinda find the name wacked but still. I’m just here to continue my watch.
I’ve heard from the local radio news about this issue and somehow, it didn’t sound so good to me. I mean, the news. The news was about the submission of the House Resolution 1109 – the purpose of which was to convene representatives in the so called constituent assembly which seeks to change the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines. But more to that, there was the talk P 20M being handed out to each representative to bribe them to back up the ratification of the 1987 Constitution.
Of course, I heard about it the next day and it, the resolution, was welcomed by a massive protest. In the middle of the issue about the Influenze A(H1N1), the protest pushed through as scheduled.
Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay said neither the rain nor the Influenza A(H1N1) virus will stop the 20,000 people set to protest at the city’s central business district.
The police has stated that maximum tolerance will be given but freedom of expression is still bound by the rule of law. (And that i won’t dare call freedom – at least, not absolute.)
“As a final note, let me remind everyone that freedom of expression is not absolute, it is limited within the bounds of law,” added the PNP spokesman.
The motion of the opossition will depend on how the pro con-ass people will react. It can escalate to a deeper protest which can be called the People Power.
I am not really very certain if this so called con-ass is really to approve the ratification or just to debate on it as the news makes it sound different. As I’ve read, the HR 1109’s purpose was to convene the people of the house and not yet to sign the charter change. As a lot have been saying, the president of the Republic of the Philippines has been practicing the cha-cha – pun intended. But add in P 20M and that would be an entirely different story.
Though, we can never be certain about stuff like these, they can be big contriuting factors and the fact that rumors about such spread, we can always say that there is some truth about it. It might just be exxagerated or told in a different way but rumors have sources…
edit (news for today):
After the massive protests against the efforts of the administration a cabinet official has said that the President Arroyo has put House Resolution 1109 on hold. The reason for putting HR 1109 on hold was not clearly stated – whether the protests has affected the president’s decision or not. Though, Finance Secretary Margarito Teves has said that HR 1109 was one of the bills that was set aside to prioritize the proposed revenue measures.
The protests against this HR was sparked, in one other reason, by the supposed plan of President Arroyo to extend her term beyond May 2010 through the change in the constitution.
Her spokesmen deny that she plans to stay beyond her mandate.
The news here…