Need for Cha-cha

February 27, 2020

THERE’S the people’s perception that there indeed are politicians, national and local, who are out to protect their own selfish interest, with no genuine concern for the future of the Philippines.

In the past, all attempts to rewrite the Constitution failed because of the fear that those behind the Charter change (Cha-cha) initiative were just after the lifting of term limits of elective officials.

Today, however, the situation is very different. More people now believe that Charter reform is what’s needed to bring about change in the country, instead of violence and armed struggle.

No less than Secretary Eduardo M. Año of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said that violence is counter-productive to nation-building and development.

“Hindi terorismo, pagdanak ng dugo at pambibiktima sa kapwa Pilipino ang paraan upang magkaroon ng reporma sa lipunan,” Año told communist terrorist groups and their supporters.

He added: “Let us remember that dictatorship and human rights abuses were ended and democracy was restored through the 1987 Constitution sparked by the peaceful 1986 EDSA revolution.”

Año, a former chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said that the people’s adoption of the 1987 Constitution was the key to bringing about genuine change in the country during the 80s.

Of course, we agree with the retired four-star military general that the spirit of the EDSA revolution lives on. The revolution continues through the proposed amendments to the Constitution.

Through the Inter-Agency Task Force on Constitutional Reform, the DILG wants to amend the Charter by including “equality provisions” which are seen to address the gap between the rich and poor regions.

And for the benefit of the country and the Filipino people, let’s then revisit the fundamental law of the land, which was written in haste after the peaceful EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986.