Pamalakaya dares senators to change Senate leadership, after Enrile endorsed Chacha
Asserting that Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile is now toeing the Palace line for Charter Change and has reneged his promise to keep the Senate as independent branch of the government, the leftwing fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) dared senators to change the leadership of the Upper House.
“The Senate President is now actively playing his role as stooge and endorser of Malacañang’s bid to further cannibalize the reactionary 1987 Constitution to super reactionary to allow President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s term extension,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.
“If that is the case, then a change in Senate leadership that will oppose this dirty Chacha game is a must and warranted,” added Hicap.
Enrile yesterday declared that the Senate was prepared to consider moves in the House of Representatives to amend the economic provisions of the 1987 Charter, and that he was keeping an open mind on other possible changes.
“For endorsing Arroyo’s Chacha, Enrile betrayed the stand of the Senate and the Filipino people, and therefore he deserves to lose the Senate presidency for talking and acting like a GMA hooligan politician,” the Pamalakaya leader added.
The militant group said contrary to Enrile’s statement that he has an open mind; the Senate President according to Pamalakaya was acting in behalf of the narrow interest of President Arroyo, adding that Senator Enrile is a poor copy cat of House Speaker Prospero Nograles.
“The game plan of Malacañang is to pursue Chacha by all means, at all cost and whatever it takes. The controversial House Resolution No. 737 is the first step to force both chambers to work as a constituent assembly in revising the constitution. Once the assembly is there, lawmakers will do whatever they want to do with the charter, including the vote on the perpetual stay of Mrs. Arroyo to power,” said Pamalakaya.
The militant group said HR No. 737 will practically kill the country’s fragile sovereignty and patrimony because it will allow 100 percent foreign ownership of lands and other significant sectors in the economy like mining, education, media, utilities, advertising, health and other public sectors.
Pamalakaya said HR Resolution 737 aside from paving the way for term extension of the President and other incumbent elected officials; will also lead to the eradication of Bill of Rights provisions of the 1987 Constitution and the return of US military bases in the country and the entry of nuclear weapons and toxic wastes in the country.
However, Pamalakaya was confident that opposition Senator Francis Escudero, chair of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments would keep his promise to reject any resolution that would call for the revision of the 1987 Constitution through constituent assembly.
Likewise, the militant group challenged presidentiables Senator Manuel Villar, Loren Legarda, Mar Roxas and Panfilo Lacson to come up with a joint or separate resolutions calling for the rejection of Chacha. #