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The Assembly’s Statement on the Plenary Debates on Charter Change

In History, Politics on June 3, 2009 at 3:52 pm

The staff of this blog, being current officials of The Assembly, the Political Science organization of the Ateneo de Manila University, wishes to share the organization’s stand on last night’s atrocious “gang-rape of democratic institutions” by the venal Un-Representatives at the Bastusang Pambansa led by Prospero Nograles et al. Please do read and share:

Yesterday, June 2 2009, the House of Representatives convened to decide on the issue of H.B. 4077, aka the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extensions and Reforms Bill. But in another contrived turn of events, representatives allied with the Arroyo government have instead began plenary debates on the issue of amending the 1987 Constitution by convening the Congress into a Constituent Assembly which will have plenary powers in changing provisions of the constitution. Arroyo’s allies in the lower house intend to do this without a vote in the upper house of Congress – an act considered unconstitutional by many legal experts.

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