Since 2012, the government had been warned that a shortage of electricity was very likely by 2015. That was after the Supreme Court stopped private investors from putting up a 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant inside the Subic free port. President Aquino ignored the warning, but now he wants emergency powers to tackle a power crisis predicted inevitable in the summer of next year.
I am disappointed that our “constitution guru,” Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ, “disapproved of changing the presidential term limit and advised Mr. Aquino to retire after serving his six-year term” (“Bernas tells P-Noy to retire, give Santiago a chance,” Front Page, 8/28/14).
I felt dismay upon reading the letter of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), which was published in the Aug. 4 issue of the Inquirer. The letter is rather critical of President Aquino, as if implying that he must be impeached. I find the letter reactionary and very different from the progressive stand the AMRSP used to take during the martial law years, when the official stand of the Catholic Church was critical collaboration with the Marcos regime. You collaborate with an enemy and that is treason. The AMRSP had its task forces to fight against the human rights violations of the Marcos regime.
By Randy David
We may never know what impelled P-Noy to say in a television interview that he is open to amending the Constitution to check judicial overreach and restore the equilibrium among the three branches of government. Add to this the admission made in the same TV appearance that he is no longer closing his mind to a lifting of term limits—and what we have is an attempt to shape the national discourse that is as risky as it is mystifying.
By Artemio V. Panganiban
To be sure our people would never again experience the horrors and torments of authoritarian rule, the 1987 Constitution fortified the legislature, empowered the judiciary, institutionalized people power, and weakened the presidency.