Even if leaders of the House of Representatives promised that no constituent assembly will follow after the president’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) militant solons would boycott it. Instead they would join thousands of students and protesters on the street. The reason, they are already tired of hearing more “lies” and “illusions” that the country has been better under her nine years of administration.
Of course partylist solons have been consistently boycotting the SONA for two consecutive years and this will be their third. In boycotting the SONA the partylist representatives are i effect expressing their opposition in the convening the House of Representatives into a Constituent Assembly without the Senate.
But as far as House Speaker Prospero Nograles and Quezon Representative Danilo Zuares are concerned there is no such plan and that this would not happen during the president’s SONA. But Still doubts linger on the minds of the public since the House approved Resolution 1109 is still in effect and those representatives who supported it did not yet withdraw their signature. Both Nograles and Zuares however cannot say when the House would convene the constitutuent assembly.
Party list representative Satur Ocampo of Bayan said it was time to put an end to Arroyo’s nine years of “misrule” and “devious intention” to prolong her stay in power after her term expires in June 2010. Party list representative Luz Ilagan of Gabriela is already tired of th president “peddling again lies and delusions in the hope that in repeating these lies, she would be able to convince herself that they are the truth,” but “the true state of the nation speaks of poverty.”
Likewise Pangasinan representative Jose de Venecia Jr. shares his fear that “senators attending the Sona could be tricked into joining the constituent assembly if ever one of the House leaders stand up and move to convene the joint assembly into a constituent assembly. In declaring so during the SONA this would provide a controversy needed by the House leadership to elevate the case to the Supreme Court to make a ruling. What many fear should this scheme push through would be a favorable Supreme Court ruling to the House Resolution 1109.
But as it has been experienced already the SONA will still push through with thunderous applause to be heard from the president’s palakpak boys. Perhaps president’s supporters would even bring “cheering squad” to inspire here more in delivering the State of the Nation Address. It does not matter even if hundreeds of thousands (if they can organize such crowd) would troop to the Batasan after all the PNP, ARMY and MMDA would be there to shield her from the noise of the opposition and cause oriented groups who are apt to embarrass her with the so many shortcomings of her administration.
But be patient, this will be her last SONA. Is it?