Objections on charter change start anew

June 7, 2009

The PhilSouth Angle
June 6, 2009

Young peace advocates join the march for a smoke-free Zamboanga City
Young peace advocates join the march for a smoke-free Zamboanga City. PHOTO COURTESY OF PEACE ADVOCATES ZAMBOANGA

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines/06 June 2009–With the decision of the lower house in Congress in passing House Resolution No. 1109 seeking change in the Philippine Constitution, reactions expressing objection were shared to media.  

Sen. Kiko Pangilinan immediately issued a statement sharing his concern on having a close watch on the Supreme Court of the Philippines, majority of the justices of which are appointees of President Gloria Arroyo.  

“With the passage of the Chacha bill in Congress, it is now expected to pass through Supreme Court, where President Arroyo has currently appointed 13 of 15 SC justices,” he said. 

“Chacha has made our work crucial,” said Independent senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan, who is a part of Bantay Korte Suprema, a Supreme Court watchdog that aims for transparency in choosing the next SC judges. “Now, more than ever, we need to ensure separation of power in branches of government.”  

“Masyadong mautak itong administrasyon na ito. Kaya kinakailangan mas mautak tayo. (This [Arroyo] administration is too clever.  That’s why we must be more clever.) We need to safeguard the interests of our nation and our people,” Pangilinan added...


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