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Anti-Charter Change protest rally.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since the Constitution was drawn in 1987 in the aftermath of the EDSA People Power Revolution, several attempts have been made to revise or change the Constitution. The most common reason for a charter change was the extension of the president’s term, which was originally set for a single six-year term. For some reason those elected were bitten by a Read More …

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By Jess Diaz and Paolo Romero The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – Proposing changes in the political provisions of the Constitution will doom a renewed effort by some lawmakers to have the Charter amended and made more investor-friendly. House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II issued the warning yesterday after Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and his brother Maximo, who represents the party-list group Read More …

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AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo The Philippine Star On separate occasions, Lee Kuan Yew and Mahathir Mohamad former prime ministers of Singapore and Malaysia, respectively, had zeroed in on the Philippine core problem. They both observed that our core problem is our counterproductive culture, and that’s something that Charter change (Cha-cha) can’t fix. When Globalization was in vogue and many world Read More …

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano I had taken a firm stand against Charter Change initiatives when three presidents pushed it. My reason was simple. They seemed and smelled to me like they used all kinds of alibis to hide a crime – the extension of their official hold to power. They all claimed economic reasons, dangerous saying that certain provisions of the Constitution weakened our Read More …

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By Joyce Pangco Pañares Manila Standard Today Congressional leaders on Monday failed to convince President Benigno Aquino III on the need for Charter change, but eked out a concession to have his economic and legal teams study the matter further. “I stated my opposition [to Charter change], but we agreed to have the underlying basis studied by our economic and legal clusters with the participation Read More …

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BY DUCKY PAREDES MALAYA ‘We have in our midst, a potential fifth column of Chinese Communist supporters.’ WHAT you will be reading is the editorial of “Bayan,” official paper of the Communist Party of the Philippines (PKP). I have no fear in putting this out to my readers because I know that you are all smart enough to see how dumb the Communists are. Here Read More …

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas In the past few weeks, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and House Speaker Sonny Belmonte have been pushing for Congress to convene itself into a constituent assembly to introduce amendments to the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Less than 10 months ago, Belmonte would have none of it. He said then that the cha-cha was not among the priorities of Read More …

By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan The Daily Tribune There’s no collusion between President Aquino and the US government for the administration to covertly pursue Charter change (Cha-cha). This was claimed by presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a press briefing yesterday as he pointed out that the alleged informant of Bayan Partylist Rep. Teodoro Casiño who reportedly told him about Malacañang’s underhanded effort to push for Cha-cha Read More …

by Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino Manila Standard Today Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile was very right — and the media did not get it right.! When he was reported to have said: “Keep Malacañang out of ChaCha,” he was not saying that Malacañang did or did not have a hand in the moves some have taken to start the process of amending the Constitution. In Read More …

By Nestor Mata Malaya ‘Actually, there are at least three groups which are making a big fuss about changing or amending the Constitution aka. Cory Charter of 1987.’ WHAT’S all the kerfuffle about the present Constitution? There are three groups which are making a big fuss about it. One, those who clamor for amending its economic provisions only; second, those who are against tinkering with Read More …