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2008/08/19

Commentary: A clear case of political bias, insincerity

Tacloban City (August 19) -- "To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity," a famous quotation goes.

The unexpected turn-around of the authors of Senate Joint Resolution No. 10 which had called for a Constituent Assembly to amend the 1987 Philippine Constitution to be able to divide the Philippine republic into 12 autonomous federal states, including Metro Manila, has been met with dismay by people who feel that afterall, there is no sincerity on the part of these Senators and that they are just toying with the welfare of the Filipino people.

Funny that when Malacaņang announced its support for the Senate Joint Resolution calling for Charter change to establish a federal form of government, immediately, there was a lot of criticism coming from the Senate and some opposition saying that it can't be used by Malacaņang for its hidden agenda.

For a while the Filipino people believed that the opposition has at last seen the light, but Alas, that was just wishful thinking because just as soon as the opposition opened its mouth, it immediately retracted what the mouth has spoken.

Even without the benefit of logical analysis, one would know that the issue is being tarnished with politics. One would think that the very proponents of the joint resolution are now retracting their support just because Malacanang has expressed its support for the proposal.

Who really has a hidden agenda? In fact the opposition has just bared its agenda- that it is not really after the welfare of the Filipino people and the country as a whole, it is after the head of President Gloria. It will oppose anything that the Administration will advocate.

The Arroyo administration was all set to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on ancestral domain with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the Muslims in the South to be able to set up their autonomous Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE) which is much like the Bangsamoro state that the Senate's Joint Res. No. 10 proposes to create.

It is hoped that through mutual understanding, sincerity and goodwill, and with great wisdom and broad views, the leaders on both sides should jointly initiate new opportunities for peace, stability, cooperation and mutual benefit. (PIA 8) [top]

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