Charter change

P-Noy's "bosses" burn his effigy during his State of the Nation Address on July 28, 2014 (Photo/IC)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz When Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. was asked what made President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III change his mind about amending the Philippine Constitution and pursuing a term extension, he said, “What is essential for the President is to know the sentiments of his ‘bosses,’ the Filipino people. He will continue to listen to them so he will know their views Read More …

Power-corrupts

PerryScope By Perry Diaz After repeatedly denying it in the past, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino had let the cat out of the bag: He wants a second term! And he wants it for a strange reason: To curtail the power of the Supreme Court. Whoa! What happened? Going back to Day One of the Aquino presidency, it reminds us of the promise of hope and Read More …

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano All this talk about Charter Change, especially to amend economic provisions of the Constitution, fills me with dread. Strangely enough, though I had actively joined all sorts of protests to change the political provisions of the Constitution, it is the change of economic provisions that I am more afraid of. Or, to be more accurate, of one provision in particular. Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz If there is one thing that President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III consistently does, it is to blame his predecessor, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for all the ills and scandals that befall his administration. And poor Gloria can’t do anything to defend herself from her detention room at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City. The latest “blame game” P-Noy 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 …

Panganiban (Mischief) Reef

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With an air force without warplanes and a navy without warships, can the Philippines stop Chinese aggression? The answer is “No way!” The media quoted Secretary of Defense Voltaire Gazmin as saying: “We cannot stand alone. We need allies. If we do not [seek allies], bigger forces will bully us and that is what is happening now. China is already there, Read More …

Lee Kuan Yew

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 …

cha-cha-no

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 …

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 …