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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:55

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BY BOB JALDON

San Jose, CA. — That the present presidential system of government enshrined in the 1987 Cory Constitution needs to be abrogated to pave the way for federalism is indisputable, if we follow the philosophical  argument of Malacanang and Congress.

It is argued that the present system of government that was crafted by 50 brilliant individuals and ratified by more than 90 percent of the voting population is a failed system in that it does not serve the best interest of the poor people and has not curtailed official corruption and reduced criminality.

Ferdinand E. Marcos hastily called for a Constitutional Convention to amend the 1937 American-inspired Constitution to install his version of autocratic democracy that promised essential change. When he was deposed and transported to Hawaii with his wife and riches, the pharisaical Council of Trent and the self-appointed purveyors of freedom and democracy, the modern crusaders of justice, urged the evolution of a new Constitution with a promise (again) that the new charter will change the Filipinos’ values, eradicate poverty, get rid of the detestable politicians and end the reign of the oligarchs and Marcos cronies.

Thirty years after 50 thought-of righteous, but not fallible, individuals wrote the 1987 fundamental principles that would govern a constituent freed from the shackles of a dictator and his military and police, a new Constitution that will federalize a country already submerged in heavy foreign debt and poverty is being pushed that, if the trolls and bloggers are to be believed, will raise opportunities for political, social and economic reforms never seen and felt before.

The fact is that most of our congressmen and senators belonging to the super majority led by the PDP-Laban favor a governmental change that is extraordinarily alien them. What more to us? Is the promise of death to corruption, the real emancipation of tenants and the liberation of the underprivileged from abject poverty and abuse enough for the people to say “yes” to a federal system of government?

The majority, of course, are for something better than what they have that they are at the moment on the affirmative side. But the concern is the likelihood that federalism will bring forth desperately-needed reforms is dishearteningly low at this point and the probability of receiving negative results at a significant cost is conspicuously high.

Untold things have happened since the 1987 Constitution became operational. Corruption grew to immeasurable proportions. Insurgency, insurrection, terrorism, and criminality have persisted with impunity as in the cases of Marawi and Zamboanga. Under these conditions, the danger of escalated violence in Mindanao is ever clear and present. The government cannot misjudge the silence of the armed rebel fronts that have been fighting for independence and self-rule.

How, for example, will the framers of El Presidente’s federal Constitution be chosen? By his own hand, as Corazon C. Aquino did? There’s every reason to believe that that mode of choosing the “delegates” will end up with the same people and politicians who presently run our government.

This mode of writing the law of the land will NOT accomplish anything that the present make of Congress can’t do on their own — pass laws to kill corruption and end political dynasty. If they so refuse to fulfill their mandate, the electorate should throw them out.

Our democracy, our kind of government, is not failing the more than 100 million Filipinos. The people managing our government are failing the people. Yet, we keep sending them back to Congress election after election. If the senators and congressmen can’t clean the government dotted with graft, bribery, shady deals, immorality, debauchery — sins that the Holy Bible warns against — then it is time for the electorate to do some House cleaning. Clear?

There is no compelling reason to abolish the 1987 Constitution to install a Federal Constitution that will all the more guarantee the continued stay in office of the Trapos — a Constitution of doubtful prospects for fundamental and fruitful change.

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