Enrile wants a new, flexible Constitution
SENATE President Juan Ponce Enrile wanted to amend the 1987 Constitution to make it flexible to the present need of the country and repair its economic and political structures.
“We need to amend the Constitution, in my opinion, we need determination and the political will to repair the economic and political structures. Let’s make a Constitution which is flexible, and leave it to the people, what they need as it marches in time,” Enrile said in a radio interview Sunday.
Enrile said he will raise the issue of changing the Constitution until our people woke up and amend the Charter in order to feed the hungry, house the homeless and give jobs to unemployed.
“Kung may willingness among our leaders, we can do it alone. Kung wala, we will continue proposing, hindi naman kami Diyos na puwedeng magmando. We will raise it as an issue until our people wake-up, like people who are hungry, those who has no jobs. Hindi pa ba sapat to convince our people that there is a problem. What is really needed to wake up this country,” Enrile explained.
On economic structures, Enrile said we need to open our economy to foreign investments to give jobs to the unemployed, save the marginalized people since there are more billionaires in the country, and yet we have poor local investments.
“Maraming bilyonaryo sa ating bansa, iilan lang ang nasa itaas at kanilang kayamanan, inililipat nila sa ibang bansa, doon sila nag-iinvest. Pero, kakaunti lamang ang ipinapasok nila sa kaban ng bayan, pero malalaki ang kanilang transaksyon, kaya marami pang dapat ayusin,” Enrile said.
“Let’s open local investment to foreigners to have an economic vibrancy, puro tayo protectionism, ang mayayaman, yumayaman, pero marami ang walang trabaho,” he added.
“Sino naman ang magpupunta dito na gago na maglalagay ng negosyo, pero hindi naman nila kontrolado. Iyong sa atin, wala naman dito ang kanilang investments, nasa China, nasa ibang bansa, nakikinabang hindi mga Pinoy, kundi banyaga, hindi ko naman sinasabi na masama ang ginagawa nila,’ Enrile said.
“Who are we going to protect, the rich or the poor?” he asked.
On political structures, Enrile wanted to have a synchronized election on all positions in order to put a stop on massive spending during campaigns.
“We need to repair our political structures particularly the very frequent elections dahil napakalaki ng gastusin, iba’t iba ang period, dapat minsanan lamang,” he said. He cites various elections in the country which somehow, stunned our growth because of massive spending.
“We have the ARMM elections, we have the Sangguniang Kabataan, we have the barangay elections, we have special elections, we have senatorial elections, the national elections. We need to fix it, dapat minsanan lamang,” he said.
Enrile also said that we have seen all the prevailing problems that face our country which need to be fixed by changing the very Constitution that prohibits our growth and development.
“Etong mga political formula just like an experiment. Nakita natin ang kamalian, nakikita natin ang problema na dapat ayusin upang maging fine tune. But we don’t want it. Hindi naman katamaran, but we are scared for change. Because we are saying may magsasamantala, maraming prebelihiyong mawawalan, mababawasan ang kayamanan natin, mga alagad na pulitiko, mababawasan ang control sa lupain, sa industriya ng minahan, mawawala, mapupunta sa iba. Paano na lamang iyong walang impluwsensiya, ordinary laborer, those people who cannot find a job, those people who are out of school, those people who has no clothes to wear, tumutulo ang bahay, paano na lamang sila,” Enrile lamented.
“You know those who made our Constitution do not want to make a Constitution, but a law. They limit everything, they want limitation on everything,” he said.
“Tignan mo ang nangayayari sa ating bansa, naiiwan na tayo ng Vietman, ng Bangladesh. Bakit tayo naiiwan, sa iba may punto de vista na ayaw nila, kasi nakikinabang sila sa kasalukuyang sistema. Pero, kailangan may open mind tayo, bansa ang pinag-uusapan natin dito, hindi ang sarili,” Enrile said.