Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Charter Change na naman?

A few more things before I turn to lighter matters (my inner Joker is already whispering: "Why...so...serious?"):

First, Ricky Carandang thinks that there will be one last push towards a term extension for Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, by way of yet another charter change, this time using the peace talks with the MILF.

From my favorite newscaster's blog:

Recent efforts by the Regime to resurrect the long dormant peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front have led to pronoucments by lead negotiators Rodolfo Garcia and Hermogenes Esperon that revisions to the constitution would be required in order to give more legal and fiscal autonomy to the expanded region of Muslim Mindanao. They point to a resolution to shift to a federal form of government proposed by, of all people, Senate minority leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr.

This means that aside from Arroyo and her politicans, there will be a significant number of people in Mindanao who will find it in their interest to support charter change this time around. The regime can also pre-empt potential opposition from the international community by arguing that that the revisions would enhance stability in Mindanao and make it less susceptible to terrorism. In which case extending Arroyo’s term would be a small price to pay. I’m told that this the line taken during Arroyo’s recent working visit to the US. Its almost like blackmail. If you want stability in Mindanao, you must allow us to stay in power beyond 2010.

Honestly, I'm getting tired of this fight, and I'm discouraged by the continuing apathy that I perceive among the general populace. For example, see what the top blogs are all about. But as many times as it takes to "man the barricades" (figuratively speaking), I'll do it.

On the other hand, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's just broke her own record in net satisfaction rating: at -38, it surpasses the -33 in May 2005. You can probably name a hundred reasons why. Spinmeisters will claim that she's not after popularity, but they're obviously lying.

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