Before I start to argue on why I am saying yes to Con-Ass and Cha-cha let us have some definition of terms first so that other people will understand what we are talking about.
Con-ass is short for Constituent Assembly. Cha-Cha on the other hand stands for charter change.
Aside from the Katrina Halili, Ruffa Mae Quinto, Vicki Belo, Maricar Reyes, Hayden Kho video scandal, one burning issue that consistently hounds the Arroyo administration is the issue of Charter Change. Charter change refers to amendments or revisions to the 1987 Philippine Constitution.
There are three ways of amending the 1987 Philippine constitution and it is outlined in the Constitution itself more specifically in Article XVII Sections 1 and 2. Those three are as follows:
1.) By way of a Constitutional Assembly (Con-Ass) (Congress, upon a vote of three-fourths of all its Members)
2.) By a Constitutional convention (Con-Con)
3.) People’s Initiative
With all the negative sentiments raised all over the blogsphere, you might ask why I am saying yes to Con-Ass and Cha-Cha.
Well first of all with regards to Cha-Cha, I always believe that implementing changes is good, especially if the change is for the better and that it is attuned with the times. Even the United States Constitution had 27 amendments ever since it was promulgated in 1787 the latest amendment being done on May of 1992. One important amendment I believe should be included in the Constitution is to reduce the number of law makers as there are too many of them and maintaining them is expensive. Another amendment that I propose is the provision against political dynasties. There are other amendments I would like to propose however that will be made subject of another post.
I am also saying yes to Con-Ass because among the three, Con-Ass is the quickest and most cost effective way of amending or revising the Constitution. Calling a Constitutional Convention would be costly and time consuming. Besides, believe it or not we still have some intelligent people in Congress who have the brains to come up with useful amendments to the Constitution. A people’s initiative would be out of the question besides it being impractical and costly as until now no implementing law has been passed by Congress for the exercise of such right.
These are my two cents on why I am saying yes to both Con-Ass and Cha-Cha. Sadly the public is misled as to the real meaning of Con-Ass and Cha-Cha. Con-Ass and Cha-Cha are often equated to the term extension of President Arroyo. May the public know that Con-Ass and Cha-Cha are not solely for the term extensions of President Arroyo. A Cha-Cha is good if changes are for the better and I believe the best way to implement it is through a Con-Ass.
However I am saying yes to Cha-Cha only after the 2010 elections and I believe Congress should also do the same. Having a Cha-Cha right now would lead to political unrest because of the misunderstanding that the president is trying to get an extension of her term. Because of that I am saying no to the Con-Ass that Congress is trying to implement now. If our incumbent lawmakers will really insist on charter change right now, I’d be better off packing my bags and contacting some moving companies Los Angeles. I hope you in Congress will consider what the people are saying and let your Con-Ass move to the beat of the Cha-Cha after the elections.