Monday, November 17, 2008

Constitutional Change When Circumstances Change

There is a Malaya report the other day to the effect that our congressmen are attempting yet again to railroad proceedings on measures seeking changes to the 1987 Constitution.
At the resumption of the hearing of the House committee on constitutional amendments chaired by Rep. Victor Ortega (Kampi, La Union), Rep. Mauricio Domogan (Lakas, Baguio) moved to put to a vote the question of whether there is a need to change the Constitution.

"The motion is whether there’s a need for change or not. Obama or McCain?" Ortega asked the panel, obviously implying that voting for change is the best choice as proven in the recent US presidential election.
Ortega's insinuation is flawed, to say the least. There is a change for the better and a change for the worse. Obama won based on the change platform because of the perception that he will reverse the damaging policies of the bumbling Bush. The "change" that Ortega proposes will most likely result to more years of hellish GMA rule.
Naturally, any Constitutional revision will be met with skepticism, if not hostility. GMA has shown her ability to cling to power despite the odds. It is thus not an unfounded fear that GMA will take advantage of a Constitutional change to prolong her unwelcome stay as the head of the nation.
Our Constitution is not a perfect document. It has provisions which are either redundant, irrelevant or passé. It can use a little tweaking. Having said that, the million peso question is: should we change our Constitution?
Ask me in a couple of years.


Photo: lanuiop, Flickr, Creative Commons

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