Second of 3 parts
I DON’T think there’s been a political project to capture power in the country that is as brazen, as deceptive and as imbecilic as the current attempt to revise the Constitution by this shadowy dubious enterprise called Pirma, with House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez allegedly behind the plot.
That the Pirma campaign is not at all for the good of the nation but a shameless conspiracy to allow the House speaker to succeed his cousin, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., in a new parliamentary system is obvious in that the change in the Constitution that Pirma is seeking solely involves changing a provision that would in effect give the 315-member House of the Representatives which the speaker commands, total control of what subsequent proposals to amend in our most basic law. The Senate, with only 24 members, would be totally marginalized. (See my column last Monday, January 29).
If the Constitution is amended that way, it would be a walk in the park for the House to subsequently propose transforming the two-chamber legislative body into a unicameral one and for it to vote a prime minister as head of government, junking the current presidential system of citizens directly voting who they want to be president.
The Romualdez-Pirma conspirators have been deceiving the nation that what is being proposed is the lifting of all restrictions on foreign capital and other measures to make the economy more competitive. This is a total lie. There is no assurance at all that the House would really propose such economic amendments.
There are so many indications that this campaign to change the Constitution is a farce.(more…)