No to ‘good intentions’
The House of Representatives is shameless in venturing to render the Senate useless or reduce it to an expendable congressional “vote count” body scrap. Such notion doesn’t merit a thought for it may only come from eccentric, heterodox thinking.
The impeachment moves against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales are first and foremost political in nature. They are steps meant to craft a future “rubber stamp” judiciary for the powers that be. The incitement of the censure against them is their sense of independence and courage as pillars of democracy, being pivotal parts of a co-equal branch of government.
The ruling of the Securities and Exchange Commission to cancel Rappler’s license to operate is aimed at sending a message of warning to every media outfit.
The health fiasco called Dengvaxia is being blown out of proportion The allegation of corruption surrounding its multibillion-peso- purchase-deal implores “fact-finding” and the prosecution of those involved in the anomaly, if there’s probable cause. But it’s a wonder that all deaths of children in the recent past seem to be linked now to the issue. Government, in trying to solve an anomaly, could be into another anomaly in the offing as a result or side effect.
The Filipino character has never been tested as by the queer events that continue to unfold in our political landscape as a nation.
The issue of constituent assembly or constitutional convention is not so much as important as the question of the need to amend our imperfect Constitution at this time. I have always been in favor of Charter change but if its intention is federalism and the perpetuation in power of those who push for it, I will not dance to the tune.
If what we have today is what we made of our democracy, I dare not envision any other form of government to replace it. And if indeed Malacañang is the “force” behind the overture, as conjectured by many, then I say a resounding no to “good intentions.”
RENI M. VALENZUELA,
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