Posted by: Mer Pints | June 3, 2009

Constitutional Assemby at Last; Ang nagkakaisang tinig ng mga “Palaka”

India celebrated a wedding of a couple, not real people but frogs, to call for a rain to come. It could have been a June bride but Lakas-CMD and Kampi got married on the last week of May. The officiating official was not a priest, a justice of the peace, nor a minister but her excellency the President of the Philippine Republic.

The Union of three parties was called “Palaka” (Partido ng Lakas at Kampi) or a frog that could leapfrog progress to this poverty enduring country. After the wedding everybody thought the Charter change (cha-cha) was already permanently shelved to give way to the 2o1o election. The president declared there’s gong to be an election, but it was not clear if what she meant was an election for the Parliamentary form of government.

Last night Cha-cha was more than resurrected. It’s not a crowing cock that was heard but the united sounds of of the “Palaka” (Lakas-Kampi) which drowned the session hall of Philippine Congress with the resounding sound of “YES.” Yes to the Constitutional Assembly (Con-Ass) and not to Constitutional Convention.

The disunited opposition tried to “crow” a one voice of opposition but their voice was so faint and drowned in the ocean considering the number of all the Congressmen who earlier signed for the passage House Resolution 1109. The resolution which was approved overwhelmingly (by palace’ congressmen?) will convene Congress into a constituent assembly (con-ass) and propose amendments to the 1987 Constitution including changes that may prolong President Arroyo’s stay in power. It’s a dream come true for House Speaker Boy Nograles and a relief to the “Pidalistas” who worry an opposition candidate will emerge victorious during the 2010 presidential election.

What’s next? Of course you expect an uproar of disgust from the senate (no all probably as some Malacanang allies there would just keep their mouth shut). Just this morning Senator Chiz Escudero who was interviewed in an ABS-CBN morning television show (Umagang Kay Ganda) called on such act “a slap to the Senate.” Even the simple changing of the name of a street or and educational institution needs approval from both legislative bodies. How come Congress is only acting now as one almighty hand amending the 1987 Philippine Constitution that would shape the future of people in this land?

But there’s the Supreme Court, the final arbiter on the legality and constitutionality of issues. Probably with the help of the magistrates who may be indebted to this administration for their position may rule in favor of the caprices of the ruling majority of congressmen in the lower house. That’s why representative of Paranaque Roilo Golez called on the Filipino people to be vigilant on this.

But even if Congress approve the HR 1109,  it’s still vague as to when they call the constitutional assembly. No clear response from the sponsoring congressmen, except they still have to meet in a caucus and discuss it, or study it further. Only Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr., also one of the sponsors of the bill who has a definite answer. He said the rules committee will decide how the constituent assembly will be convened. Or does (this seemingly lack of direction now) could  mean they’re still waiting for further instruction from the Palace? It’s any-body’s guess anyway.

As farmers eagerly waiting for the rain to cultivate their lands, the “Palakas” too in Congress are waiting for the manna from heaven to fall so they loudly sang KOKAK, KOKAK in approval for the Con-Ass.


Responses

  1. Kokak, kokak, kokak This government is morally bankrupt I guess.

  2. Matagal ko ng sinasabi na hindi uusad itong con-ass kung hindi kasali ang senado dahil illegal.Nagmukha tuloy mga mangmang at inutil ang mga Tongressman.Sa bagay hindi na masama ang 20 million na bayad sa kanilang katorpehan.Masasabi kong mga torpe ang mga tongressman dahil ang pagpasa ng bill o batas ay kailangan bicameral,both upper and lower house.

    Itong mga tongressman,hindi naman nila inirerepresenta ang buong Pilipinas kundi ang nasasakupan lamang ng kanilang distrito,bakit sinasakop na nila ang national level.Kung sa problemang pambansa dapat ang mga Senador ang lulutas niyan dahil ibinoto sila ng sambayanang pilipino.Biruin mo Tongressman ng Pampanga gustong pakialaman ang problema ng Luzon,Visayas and Mindanao.Doon na lang siya distrito niya mag concentrate.

  3. Kahit na inapproved na ng mga Tongress itong Con Ass resolution ay hindi magtatagumpay at hindi magiging batas.
    Tongress could amend the Constitution in two ways—through the traditional Con-ass where the Senate and the House meet jointly and vote separately.Tutol ang lahat ng mga senador dito.Kaya papano nila maisabatas.All 23 senators have signed a resolution rejecting moves by administration allies in the House of Representatives to unilaterally convene a Constituent Assembly,palagay ko si Lito Lapid lang ang hindi pumirma dahil 23 lang.

    To ammend ang ibig sabihin ay palitan.Kahit na nga pagpapalit ng pangalan ng kalye ay kailangan ang separate action ng upper and lower house.Ito nga sinabi ko kay Tony Diaz gawin na lang Cocoy or Magsaysay Province ang Zambales,makakalusot daw sa tongress.kaso hindi rin magiging batas kung hindi papayag ang senate.Nandoon daw sina Pimentel at Gordon.Hindi sia papayag.Ito pa kayang constituition?

    In separate voting, that means 179 congressmen and 18 senators should approve.Under the rules, proposed amendments are to be treated like bills and resolutions. They go through three readings. They are sent to the committees and then reported back to the House. If the House approves them, they are sent to the Senate for its own approval.Papano maging bills ito kung ayaw ng senado.

    Cha-cha resolution would require bicameral action, meaning it would have to be debated on and approved by the House and the Senate voting separately.

    Sino ang niloloko ng mga Tongressman? Kahit na nga hindi ubugado ay naiintindihan ito na kailangan ay pagbobotohan ng tongresso at Senado ang pagpasa ng mga bills bago maging batas.

  4. Si Lito gaganyan-ganyan lang iyan pero talagang ganyan na iyan.

    Wawa siya at ang kanyang iho, kinasuhan tuloy sila ng plunder ni Among Ed.

    By all means susuportahan niya ang Con Ass nang manatili si ang kanyang bossing sa Malacanang nang di siya makukulong, hehe.

  5. Walang manyayari sa Con Ass na iyan. I believe on the autonomy of the justices of the Supreme Court. Sasabihin nila no puede usted, hehehe.

    Lahat naman ang mga pagsang-ayon ng mga Tongressman ay sa pork barrel lang iyan. Wawa naman ang kanilang distrito.

    Ang pera nga naman, kokak na kokak sila ha Colegiala girl?

  6. Nakakasa na ang protesta, nagumpisa na kahapon ang pangangalampag sa mga Kongresista kahit pa umuulan.

    Dapat malaman kung sino-sino ang mga pumirma sa panukala nang sila’y mabigyan leksiyon ng mga constituents nila.

    Ngayon ay may panguntra ang Senado, bawang mula sa Capiz. Ang kalaban pala ay Con-Ass-wang. Manhid at pilit na isinakakatuparan ang chacha.

    Sabihin man ng Malacanang na wala silang kinalaman sa ginawang pambababoy sa proseso ng paggawa ng batas ang mga Kongresman ay sino ang lolokohin nila?

    Dapat lang sa kalsada ay magprotesta nang malaman ng publiko ang nasa loobin ng pangulo. May election nga sa 2010, para saan ba? Paraan na naman kaya ito nang di mawawala sa puwesto ang dakilang reyna?


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