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.