Statement of the President on Charter Change
Manila (14 December) -- I commend the decision of the House leadership as an act of statesmanship to unify not only the two chambers of the legislature but the whole nation around the issue of Charter change.
I thank Speaker Joe de Venecia and his valiant allies in the House for heeding the voice of national consolidation and unity, without sacrificing their high vision of political renewal.
It is time to gather together all the energies of our people for the continuing work ahead -- maintaining our economic strength, ensuring the social payback of economic reforms, and helping distressed communities back to their feet.
Philippine democracy will always find the proper time and opportunity for Charter reform at a time when the people deem it ripe and needful, and in the manner they deem proper. The nation must consolidate now and I call upon all our institutions and sectors to stand as one for the country's future. (PIA) [top]