I couldn’t even get beyond the 5th paragraph without a violent reaction

Arroyo son leads Charter change bid 

150 solons sign on for constituent assembly

By Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:58:00 11/21/2008

 
MANILA, Philippines—A move to amend the Constitution through a constituent assembly is gathering steam in 
the House of Representatives with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s eldest child leading the signature drive.

Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo’s campaign has secured between 120 and 150 signatures on a resolution calling on the Senate and the House to amend the Constitution by voting jointly and not separately, according to Iloilo Rep. Raul Gonzalez Jr.

“I was approached by Congressman Mikey last week when I just arrived at the session hall. He requested that I sign and when I looked at the papers, this was about Charter change through a constituent assembly,” Gonzalez said in an interview.

“Since this was being supported by the administration coalition … I had no hesitation and signed the resolution,” he said.

Curiously, Gonzalez and other administration solons who signed the bill do not have a copy of the resolution.

 

That’s right folks, your honorable, intelligent and hardworking representatives at work, legislating responsibly by signing bills without reading them! 

It’s time to let the secret out. The Gonzalez’s are from Jaro, my district of Iloilo. Our families have a long history together, and their assent to politics actually owes a bit to my family – there are a lot of Lero’s, and quite popular ones, and because of family history they would always tap our numbers and skills in election time. Of course, over time mukang nalimutan nila yun istoriya at utang. Sa ngayon, matitino na mga younger generations na Lero.

This demonstrates that Raul Gonzalez Jr. is everything the archetype of a good Ilonggo is not. Ilonggos are strong; RG Jr. kow-tows to the wishes of the administration like, well, a bitch. Ilonggos are intelligent and creative; RG Jr. does this kow-towing without even knowing or attepmting to know it meaning or details! Ilonggos make something out of nothing; RG Jr. started with many opportunities and made nothing of himself. Hell, Ilonggos are good-looking and he is not! Ilonggos love life and merry-making; it will be a sad world (where a lot more people will die) if GMA’s term is extended.

Hmm kung tatakbo ako sa Jaro what are the chances….???

 

Oh wait, it gets better,

A senior congressman, who requested anonymity, claimed that there was only one copy of the resolution passed around.

He said the signatories were told that once the measure secured the required number of votes, it would be used to force the Supreme Court to rule on how the Con-ass should vote to amend the Constitution.

 

Used to force the Supreme Court? What happened to the great value of checks and balances that is supposed to be one of the pillars of our democracy? What happened to an independent Supreme Court that rules on legal values and not political pressure? 

 

Thank you for getting my heart rate going early in the morning.