“The President and the Vice President shall be elected by direct vote of the people for a term of six years which shall begin at noon of the thirtieth day of June next following the day of election and shall end at noon of the same date six years after. The President shall not be eligible for any reelection. No person who has succeeded as President and has served as such for more than four years shall be qualified for election to the same office any time” (Constitution of the Phil., Art. VII, Section 4).
The above cited provision of the Fundamental Law of the land has been for some time and still remains the object of ire and disgust of the supposed President of the Country. This abject personal standing is adopted by the latter’s considered much favored and wherefore many avid followers in the lower House of Representatives. They in turn are standing for the well benefited and therefore also many close collaborators among the local government officials. They all have one desire and the same design: Charter Change.
They all proclaim different noble motives for their fervent intention to change the Constitution. From the generic claim that it is flawed in many provisions to the extent of its wanting in many genuine aspirations of the people, the proponents of Charter Change all sing basically the same song that the Constitution is the cause of the underdevelopment of the Country and the poverty of the people.
They all pretend to be illustrious agents of change in this pathetic land of the evening where corruption has become the law and integrity has emerged something passé—if not actually outlawed even.
But truth knows no party as it respects no politician—even the most consummate ones. Notwithstanding their many pretenses and appearances of love of Country, given as well their different claims and protestations of service to the people, the politicians standing honest-to-goodness fundamental intent is in fact to change, erase or desecrate the standing constitutionally provided term of office of the presumed gloriously reigning President.
Having started to glowingly rule as succeeding President on 20 January 2001 and having thereafter publicly vowed not to run for election to the same Office of the President, as of this January 2009, the supreme executive has already been in office for no less than eight long years—much more than but six years. By May 2010, the same Commander-in-Chief will be in the same Office for even much longer, viz., nine and a half very long years—much more than but six years.
So much time spent for so little to show. So much money dissipated for so meager an achievement to look for. So much power and influence exerted for so many futile promises made and volatile visions proclaimed. And prolongation of Office by any other nature or name is still being sought for exactly the same presumable public servant? Come on! Wake up. Be real!
January 7, 2009