Friday, September 29, 2006

1987 Philippine Constitution Charter Change: People’s Initiative

Black and White Movement Poster
The proposed unicameral system shall abolish the senate. Majority of Philippine senators want to convene Constitutional Convention to REVISE the 1987 Philippine Constitution. The Sigaw ng Bayan people’s initiative can only AMEND the Constitution. Fundamental changes in the proposed parliamentary and federal form of government is categorize as total REVISION of the Constitution. The Malacanang- sponsored people’s initiative is full of deception. Ordinary Filipinos canhardlyunderstand the proposed amendments. It’s impossible in a short period of time that the so-called barangay assembly fully discussed all suggested amendments. Malacanang Palace mobilized local government units to gather petition signatures for charter change thru peoples’ initiative. There is no enabling law allowing the people’s initiative to amend the Constitution. The organizers, Sigaw ng Bayan and ULAP are just fooling the people to sign charter change petition without explaining what they are signing for. Signatories to the petition had been enticed by offers of money and a sack of rice each to sign the petition. Mrs. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo wants consolidate political power in the proposed parliamentary unicameral system. Majority of the Filipino people wants charter change thru Constitutional Convention and after the end of the Arroyo’s presidency.

Mrs. Gloria Arroyo cannot conceal her intent to stay in political power beyond 2010 and obsessive desire for money and material wealth. Arroyo and her congressional cohorts want to impose against the will of the Filipino people a bogus peoples’ initiative for charter change and alternative CON-ASS. They are desperate and do all remedies to satisfy their greed for power. Gloria Arroyo’s greed for power can be traced back in 2001 power grab and massive cheating in 2004 presidential elections. Malacanang sponsored charter change contradicts the aspiration of the Filipino people for economic freedom and genuine republican democracy.

Section 1. Any amendment to, or revision of, this Constitution may be proposed by:
(1) The Congress, upon a vote of three-fourths of all its Members; or
(2) A constitutional convention.

Section 2. Amendments to this Constitution may likewise be directly proposed by the people through initiative upon a petition of at least twelve per centum of the total number of registered voters, of which every legislative district must be represented by at least three per centum of the registered voters therein. No amendment under this section shall be authorized within five years following the ratification of this Constitution nor oftener than once every five years thereafter.

The Congress shall provide for the implementation of the exercise of this right.
Section 3. The Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of all its Members, call a constitutional convention, or by a majority vote of all its Members, submit to the electorate the question of calling such a convention.
Section 4. Any amendment to, or revision of, this Constitution under Section 1 hereof shall be valid when ratified by a majority of the votes cast in a plebiscite which shall be held not earlier than sixty days nor later than ninety days after the approval of such amendment or revision.

Any amendment under Section 2 hereof shall be valid when ratified by a majority of the votes cast in a plebiscite which shall be held not earlier than sixty days nor later than ninety days after the certification by the Commission on Elections of the sufficiency of the petition.

Related Links:
Only Names Verified, Not Signatures in Sigaw ng Bayan-ULAP's PI
Philippine Constitution Article XVII Amendment or Revision
Charter Change

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Anonymous luningning said...

The can of worms is exposed in the senate budget hearing. The Sigaw ng Bayan’s people’s initiative is funded by Malacanag Palace. I long suspected that government funds were used in the propaganda and signature gathering drive at grassroots level. It’s a fake people’s initiative (PI) to amend the constitution. A fake PI from a fake President Gloria Arroyo. Shame on you Atty. Lambino and your cohorts!

Senators: Confession is proof PI is gov’t move
Palace boys admit funding Sigaw’s Cha-cha

Excerpts Daily Tribune 10/07/2006

It never was a people’s initiative, only an Arroyo government initiative, to ram through Charter change (Cha-cha) for a shift to the parliamentary system and the proof of this was the admission elicited from Malacañang media officers on the government funding by the senators during a budget hearing yesterday.
And the figure could go as high as P150 million for the propaganda and the printed materials and even more, if the budget hearings are to reveal more.
Senators yesterday succeeded in blowing Malacañang’s cover, which was its “indirect” financing of the needed funds to the Sigaw ng Bayan group of Palace frontman, lawyer Raul Lambino for their controversial and questionable signature drive on a “People’s Initiative (PI).
During yesterday’s budget hearing focused on the budget of the Press Secretary, senators succeeded in extracting from government media officers a confession that close to P10 million had been poured in from government funds for this year’s Cha-cha advocacy while new allocations to boost their propaganda have been included in the P1.13 trillion proposed 2007 national appropriations.
in further justifying the funding for the people’s initiative, despite the lawmakers objections in their use of public funds for such a project is unauthorized under the law, Palace officials maintained they can do so because “this is an advocacy of President Arroyo.”
Palace Spokesman and Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye who was at the forefront in defending the Executive over the issue of financing the Cha-cha campaign, was on the defensive, saying he and concerned officials had managed to explain fully the programs of the government related to this move.
“We’re not saying that the expenses cannot be properly accounted for. That’s not the point. The point is that, in fact, government funds are being spent for this. That this is legitimate. We are not saying here that the funds are improperly spent. We are saying that government funds are being used for the Cha-cha campaign because it is an advocacy of the President, as simple as that?”Drilon retorted.
Bunye countered by saying: “That is correct but we have to qualify the circumstances under which the funds were used,” Bunye said.
“And right now, we have identified already nearly P10 million of government funds being used,” the senator immediately noted, enough to silence the Palace official.
Alongside this development uncovered by the Drilon-led finance committee, was uncollected receivables of the National Printing Office (NPO) amounting to almost P124 million.
The NPO figure is more than enough to fund the agency’s operations next year, even exceeding by P2 million the budget it is seeking before Congress for 2007.
NPO, it can be recalled, has been enmeshed as well in the Cha-cha controversy, having been reported several months ago that this agency was allegedly involved in the printing of some of the campaign paraphernalia of Sigaw and Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP).
The senator emphasized what he insinuated as the illegality on the acts of Malacanang saying that “when the framers of the Constitution included the people’s initiative as a means of proposing amendments to the Constitution, it was contemplated that it will be a people’s initiative not a government initiative.

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