Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What is going on?

First were the very emphatic and interestingly much repeated declamations that someone’s term of office was only up to 2016 – as if this were a secret, as if the electorate did not know such a long standing fact at all. Was such a intriguing proclamation on the occasion of a report to the nation, already insinuated that there must be a way of prolonging it one way or another such as by a constitutional change? Then there were the insistent and repeated claims of certain politicians that the 1986 Philippine  Constitution should be changed in conjunction with its economic provisions – as these were deemed impediments to the social development of the country. Now there is the “framework” of a peace in Mindanao. Would the Bangsamoro political entity need constitutional amendment for ultimate ratification?

What is going on?

This is keeping quiet about the Freedom of Information Bill that has been long since eluding discussion and approval. Would this also require constitutional change to sterilize it somehow for the convenience of those in government having much to hide? This is likewise saying nothing about the Anti-Dynasty provision that continues to evade implementation – for the convenient lack of IRR. Would this likewise need constitutional change to get rid of such a politically inconvenient provision?

What is going on?

Much less is this even making mention of the question about libel as a cyberspace crime. The law was quietly crafted by the legislature and eagerly signed into law by the Chief Executive. The law is seen as unconstitutional. Therefore, is there also a need to make a constitutional amendment to salvage it and thereafter implement it with readiness and ease in order to silence people about their exasperations towards the politicos in general, about the political leadership in particular?

What is going on?

Is it true that for those now in tenure of a six-year political power, this is deemed too short for comfort and convenience? Is it true that those benefitting by the said six-year tenure, are eager to have it extended for their own personal profit and family advantage? Does everything above noted eventually lead to the conclusion that the present presidential form of government will be changed to a parliamentary system – with those whose tenure of office is but up to 2016, would then conveniently prolong themselves in office?

What is going on???