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Commentary: Palace still hopeful on Cha-Cha via Con-Ass

By Miriam P. Aquino

San Fernando City, La Union (28 November) -- Despite the junking by Supreme Court on People's Initiative mode for Cha-Cha, also adding the differences in opinion between the House of Representatives and the Senate, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo remains hopeful that these two chamber would soon find a middle ground to push for the proposed change in the degenerated system and paved the way for fundamental economic reforms.

The House is heading for its final push for Cha-Cha via the Constituent Assembly mode, though some detractors tend to create a negative issue out of the alleged question included on the surveys regarding the postponement of the 2007 elections to 2010, and extending the President's term of office beyond 2010.

This, Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said, tended to "unduly influence the respondents," and it was aimed to condition the minds of the people to reject Cha-Cha, administration allies criticized.

Somewhat a "malicious propaganda" has been pointing finger on the turnabouts of the latest SWS surveys showing that only a little over half of the Filipino people favors cha-cha, and 67 percent would vote "no" to a new constitution, if a plebiscite will be held.

Bunye said that "Charter Change would remove the wrenching gridlock that has characterized governance in the Philippines and thus pave the way for a more productive government", and he added that the administration strongly believes that most political leaders regardless of their partisan interest agree that it is only through Charter Change, that the pitfalls and defects of our present system that holds back the full potential of the Philippines can be overhauled."

The government focuses on reforming the political and economic condition of the country by amending the present constitution with its provisions blocking our chance to progress, and not on grabbing power, as detractors would always say.

We don't need to point our fingers to politicians or to anybody if we need change, we need motivation, determination without pretensions, and the true will to obtain this goal. (PIA La Union) [top]

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