Aquino’s Cha-cha drama comes from badly-written script – KMU

Labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno slammed Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for agreeing to study proposals to amend the 1987 Constitution being advocated by the House Speaker and Senate President, saying the three are acting out a drama from a badly-written script.

After holding a dialogue with House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Pres. Aquino through his spokesperson announced that he is now studying the basis for changing the country’s Charter.

“Aquino, Enrile and Belmonte are acting out a drama from a badly-written script. The ending is predictable, Aquino is miscast as reluctant participant when it comes to Cha-cha, and the audience will be harmed, not entertained,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.

“We knew from the beginning of this drama that Pres. Aquino will sooner or later come out as supportive of Cha-cha. A president whose main program is promoting Public-Private Partnerships will surely support 100 per cent foreign ownership of land and public utilities in the country,” he added.

“This is the kind of drama that’s played out not to entertain the public but test public opinion and ultimately do something harmful to the public. One hundred per cent foreign ownership of lands and public utilities will further make us squatters in our own country,” he said.

The labor center called on the public to be vigilant and be ready to protest against moves to amend the 1987 Constitution, saying the public cannot rule out the possibility that Cha-cha will be used to extend the terms of incumbent government officials.

“An unpopular president like Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo tried to change the Constitution with the objective of extending her term. It is not far-fetched for Aquino, who is drunk with the belief that he is highly popular, to try to extend his term via Cha-cha,” Labog said.

“Congress and Senate will most likely railroad moves to amend the Constitution in the coming months, as legislators will be busy campaigning for the 2013 elections by January. Instead of prioritizing measures that will uplift the situation of workers and the poor, they will try to remove remaining hindrances to 100 per cent foreign ownership of the country,” he added.

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