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Prescription For The Anti-ConAss Senators: Pass A Resolution VS HR 1109 (UPDATED)

June 15, 2009

SOLIS ANTONINO AVELINO MONTAGE

“What are we in power for?” This ignominiously immortal statement uttered 60 years ago by Senator Jose Avelino blared back at me as I was reading the report that PaLaKa congressmen fully intend to seek the convocation of the House of Representatives as a Constituent Assembly even without a counterpart Senate resolution similar to the reviled HR 1109.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer says:

Sorsogon Rep. Jose Solis and Nueva Ecija Rep. Rodolfo Antonino, stalwarts of the administration-backed Lakas-Kampi-CMD, revealed that the House would immediately convene a constituent assembly (Con-ass) even without the Senate after the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 27.
The move, Solis and Antonino said, would be enough to create a “justiciable” cause for the high court to decide whether a Con-ass, as a Charter change (Cha-cha) mode, could be formed by House members representing the three-fourths vote needed to convene such an assembly.
The Senate has argued that voting in a Con-ass, contained in House Resolution No. 1109 approved earlier this month, should be made separately and not jointly.
“This matter has taken utmost public importance and urgency, I don’t think the Supreme Court will take long in coming up with a decision. I think two months will be enough,” Antonino said in an interview.
Solis was more optimistic that the decision would come in one month. “There will be enough time for Cha-cha before the 2010 polls if the Supreme Court upholds HR 1109,” Solis said.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20090615-210489/Theres-time-for-Con-ass-say-Arroyo-allies

It can, of course, be argued correctly that Solis, Antonino  and their ilk know what they are embarking on.

What are we to do?

I say it’s high time for Senators opposed to Con-Ass to craft their own resolution asserting that HR 1109 is unconstitutional.

They cannot just sit on their hands and wait.

If they do they effectively validate the stance of Sen. Avelino and his present day allies:

The present investigation being conducted by President Quirino on the surplus property scandal and the immigration quota rackety has lowered the prestige of the Liberal Party in the eyes of the people, and is a desecration to the memory of the late President Manuel Roxas. It is a crime against the Liberal Party. Liberal Party men are entitled to more considerations and should be given allowance to use the power and privilege. If they abuse their power as all humans are prone to do, they will be given a certain measure of tolerance. What are we in power for? Why did you have to order an investigation Honorable Mr. President? If you cannot permit abuses, you must at least tolerate them. What are we in power for?
We are not hypocrites. Why should we pretend to be saints when in reality we are not? We are not angels. And besides when we die we all go to hell. Anyway, it is preferable to go to hell where there are no investigations, no Secretary of Justice, no Secretary of Interior to go after us.

UPDATE:

As the new week unfolds, Several Senators seem to have awakened to a ‘shift-the-blame ploy’ by their colleagues in the lower house.

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=478096&publicationSubCategoryId=63

Speaker Prospero Nograles had asserted that the Senate really was the originator of the Con-Ass idea when it overwhelmingly passed an earlier resolution advocating a shift to the federal type of government.

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel, who styles himself as father of the federalism idea now says they will now abandon the measure.

For good measure, Pimentel also scoffed at the weekend proposal of national security adviser Norberto Gonzales for a transition government as just simply “another ploy to keep her in power after 2010.”

He added:

The sad truth is that Mrs. Arroyo is not widely regarded as a popular president of the republic.

She is being hounded by allegations of abuse of power, corruption, electoral fraud, and extra-judicial killings.

She has the dubious distinction of facing four impeachment attempts and a series of coup attempts, and should have resigned long ago out of propriety.

Pimentel’s quip hits the mark.

Let’s see how the Senators put thei money where their mouth is.

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