Wednesday, September 13, 2006

ulterior motives

“We have ulterior motives.” This is the open message given by the national leadership and all its allies in the national and local government, in their avid effort to have a charter change. The means used are of no consequence. The money spent is not an issue. The methods adopted can be any—on proviso only that there be a charter change at all costs and as early as possible. There is but one non-negotiable condition viz., that the change in the fundamental law of the land be done during the tenure of office of the present administration and its fervent followers.

For all intents and purposes, the relentless effort and insistence of the administration and its partymates to have a charter change as soon as possible, through all means and during the incumbency, strongly prove the message to be true. In fact, the general public itself see the ulterior motives behind the so-called unstoppable rushing “train” to change the charter. The talks in coffee shops, among media practitioners plus the calls to radio stations say that there are really three practical reasons why there is an official rush to change the constitution.

The first and foremost motive is to bury deep and possibly forever the serious and persistent question about the legitimacy of the present administration. This is the same as making the impeachment case for several impeachable offenses, moot and academic. Considering the painful significance and sad implications of an impeachment case filed no less than twice in the past two years, an immediate charter change becomes very desirable. Otherwise, the third filling of the impeachment case—possibly with additional impeachable offenses—could be again done the third time next year. And the same national embarrassment would be again felt by the present administration.

The second motive is to extend the tenure of office of all the incumbent elected officials—even if such were beyond their legitimate mandate coming from the general electorate. With such an undeserved favor and blessing, it is the fervent hope of the administration and the majority to convince the minority to join the band wagon of charter change. It seems however that to their credit, the minority is not biting the bait.

The third motive is to blame the present charter for all the graft and corruption in government, the poverty and misery of the people, the violation of human rights inclusive of the hundreds of summary executions, ergo, the charter must be changed—no matter how funny such a motive sounds.

+O. V. CRUZ, D.D.
13 September 2006