OFWs to block Cha-cha attempts

Migrante Middle East (Migrante-ME) forewarns administration lawmakers that they will be ‘whipped’ by protests in the Philippines and abroad if they will push the change in Constitution.

John Monterona, regional coordinator of Migrante in the Mid-east said in a statement that they will not allow neither pro-Aquino legislators, nor the ‘old’ proponents and propagandists of Charter Change or Cha-Cha to “muddle” the 1987 Constitution.

“Any attempt to introduce amendment(s) in the Philippine Constitution is futile, completely a waste of the government resources and time. Instead of spending much time in contemplating to have our Constitution changed, the lawmakers are advised to focus on the improvement of the lives of the Filipinos, stricter implementation of the good laws in the country, and to push for self-reliance by means of strengthening the agriculture and other sectors,” Monterona said.

During the time of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration, there were attempts to change the 1987 Charter for reason that some provisions of the existing Constitution, are already “outdated.” Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her allies in the Philippine Congress believed that by changing the Constitution and the form of government, the Philippines will enjoy progress. However, anti-Cha-Cha groups said that the attempts of amending the Constitution have nothing to do with progress but for the administration and its allies’ personal interests.

“Majority of the Filipinos are aware of the issue [of Cha-Cha], what are its pros and cons, who are the people behind the move, and the motives of these people, and that is to further exploit the country’s natural and human resources, for the benefit of the ruling clique,” said Monterona, in reference to big businesses, landlords, and multinational and transnational corporations.

He also believes that the U.S. Government has something to do with the “resurrecting” of the already “dead” Cha-Cha.

“They (the peddlers of Cha-Cha) have same agenda, just like of the past administration, and that is lifting the term limits [of the elected officials], side-by-side with the change of the economic provisions in order to serve the interest of the U.S. government and its cohorts: the international financial institutions, the likes of the International Monetary fund, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank,” he said.

Monterona also said that if the Aquino administration will become successful in changing the 1987 Charter, the Filipino people must expect the worst economic condition as liberalization of the local industries and imports would mean less jobs, more imports that will fiercely compete with the local produce, and privatization of the key services rendered by the government that translates to higher prices, low incomes, and poor services. Noel Sales Barcelona, CBCP News

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