According to AKP, Charter Change will be used to keep power at the expense of the people’s interest…
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has recently given express sanction to the renewed proposal to amend the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines. The Senate had originally proposed amendments for the federalization of the Philippines, but the resulting revival of the Charter Change movement is now the center of a political storm; for it is widely perceived that it will be used to perpetuate the present administration in power, and to justify the widely critized Memorandum of Agreement between the Philippine Government and the separatist-Islamist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). See, for instance, the incisive posts of noted analyst Mon Casiple (here).
Now the Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP) has added its voice to the debate with a strong statement opposing the renewed proposal for Charter Change. To those who don’t what it is, AKP is a grassroots political party, made up of committed laity of the one true Church, that promotes authentic values, social justice, and political reform. Their August 18, 2008 statement, entitled “No to Charter Change under this Government“, states, in sum, that “Charter Change under a Deformed Administration Further Threatens the Democratic System”: Given the Administration’s record of subverting legal processes, Charter Change will likely be used to keep power at the expense of the people’s interest. The statement concludes with a hortatory message:
We call on all our countrymen in each and every street and barangay, every church and parish, every office and school, to be vigilant and wake up to each and everyones role to defend our Motherland from invaders of our democracy. We call on all to look at existing political parties and study their principles and platforms, their track record and adherence to the laws and specially the Philippine Constitution. If they are getting away with dirty politics and gimmickry, what should we do??
While we still have freedom let’s all express our refusal to what is morally negative and offensive in whatever disguise it may be presented.
The AKP statement is reproduced (here) on the blog of respected lawyer and senatorial candidate Adrian L. Sison. Whether or not one agrees with its import, the statement is worth thoughtful reading and consideration, if only for the way it clarifies the issues.
May God bless us all.