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PIA Press Release
2006/12/08

Commentary: The people’s voice heard after all

Tacloban City (December 8) -– The Filipino people’s call for Charter Change has been heard after all. This, after the House of Representatives, at 5:37 Friday, has approved through voice voting, House Resolution 1450 filed by the majority bloc to convene Congress into a Constituent Assembly.

The Filipino people have long been clamoring for institutional reforms in the Philippine political and economic system. These reforms will only be made possible through the amendment of the Philippine Constitution.

Renewed hopes of the Filipino people went on high, as the Congress lays the groundwork for the Constituent Assembly. The fact that thousands of Filipinos have been sleepless from watching closely the drama at the House of Representatives shows that they are really interested in the outcome of the deliberations.

Never mind if some questions were repetitious. Never mind if it was obvious that some of the deliberators were just killing time and were just trying to delay the passage of the resolution. Never mind if some of the actors appeared childish and unprofessional. What the people want after all is that the Resolution is passed so that the work of changing the Charter will start.

The people can now sleep in peace as Majority Floor Leader Prospero Nograles said that the House would start sending invitations Friday to all members of Congress, the House and the Senate included.

The people will eagerly await for December 12, 10:00 o’clock in the morning to be exact, when Congress sitting as a joint assembly, would convene at the plenary hall of the House of Representatives to start the process of proposing amendments to the 1987 Constitution.

Hopefully, before the Christmas break comes, the proposed new constitution would have been drafted in time for a plebiscite possibly in February of next year.

It is prayed that both Houses of Congress, as they start deliberations on the new Charter, will always bear in mind the voice of their constituents, the Filipino people and their long-time clamor. (PIA 8) [top]

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