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No-El not good for democracy - Duterte

Davao City (30 December) -- Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the "No-El" is not a good practice for democracy.

He said this when interviewed by the press after meeting with the police and the military at the Grand Men Seng Hotel yesterday saying that it (No-El) is not good as it is not in harmony with democracy.

He said that when they were elected by the people it was a covenant for three years.

"I do not know the motivation behind it but I want to stick to the period that I would served the people," he said.

Meanwhile Consultative Commission (Con-Com) secretary general Lito Monico Lorenzana last Wednesday at Club 888 Forum at the Marco Polo Hotel said that the people has not spoken yet and their voices has to be heard.

Members of Con-Com went through a heated debate before coming up with the final proposal that was submitted to President Arroyo.

Majority of the Con-Com members favored the recommendation of scrapping the 2007 elections.

"After the President got the final proposal she immediately endorsed it to Congress," Lorenzana said.

He said they were able to accomplished what they are suppose to do even as he said that the result got to the level of national consciousness.

"I think we were able to accomplish what we are suppose to accomplish despite the limited budget," he said.

"It is the fruit of the exchange of ideas that brought about a better proposal," he said.

But Lorenzana said there is a need to elevate the debate to the people.

"We have to continue shaping the debate by bringing the debate to the people and let them understand it," he said.

He said there has to be a clash of arguments so the people would understand fully what is it all about.

"The people have not spoken yet and for all we know the people would say let us drop the election," he said.

Absolutely he said it is the people who would say "you are here for us or you are out" (referring to the leaders).

He said there will be members who will continue the task of advocacy not as a body but individually. They can be tapped as speakers for discussion for better understanding of the issues, he added. (PIA/pdbanzon) [top]

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