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Fidel Ramos consistent on Charter change

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:59:00 08/30/2008

Filed Under: Charter change, Constitution, Politics

We refer to the column of Juan L. Mercado on Joint Congressional Resolution 10, which seeks to convene Congress as a constituent assembly to ?keel-haul the Constitution and shift to a federal form of government.? (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 8/14/08)

On Mercado?s reference to the proposed Charter change during the term of former president Fidel V. Ramos (FVR), please allow us to correct some errors and clarify the matter:

Even during his campaign for the presidency, FVR had already taken the position that Charter change was needed. In fact, in his inaugural address on June 30, 1992, he declared: ?When time is opportune, I intend to ask Congress to convene itself as a Constituent Assembly to amend the Constitution.? Through the years and to this date, FVR has been consistent in his stand, as well as on the amendments he seeks in five major areas and the underlying reasons for them. These five key reforms did not intend to encompass extension of term limits for anyone or a second term for the president. The former president expounded on the subject in his speeches in various forums here and abroad and in articles he wrote for various publications, as well as in tri-media interviews.

We quote from FVR?s speech at the Rotary Club of Manila meeting on July 7, 2005, which summarized his position:

?But, let us do constitutional reforms, to be immediately and concurrently undertaken following the most expeditious means which our present Constitution provides?through Congress acting as a Constituent Assembly. The highest priority for change must be given the following: our form of government (to parliamentary) because our US-style presidential system has not really worked for us, looking at the past 100 years, electoral reform, political party reform to include eliminating ?turncoatisrn? and ?dynastism,? judicial reform to speed up the dispensation of justice and, to reinforce the sanctity of contracts; socio-economic reform to respond to the higher standards of human development and security promulgated by the United Nations in terms of water, food, health, shelter, income, livelihood, education, environment, opportunity and safety.?

The No. 147 quoted by Mercado did not emanate from FVR, but is a figure often mentioned by former Speaker Jose de Venecia as to the Charter amendments proposed in the House of Representatives over the years.

NICK LAGUSTAN, spokesman, Office of Fidel V. Ramos, Makati City

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