Beleaguered by calls for her ouster, resignation or impeachment in the
wake of the so-called “Gloriagate” scandal, in which she stands accused of
conspiring with poll officials in rigging the 2004 elections, President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her recent State of the Nation Address (SoNA)
offers her opponents the proposal to amend the 1987 Constitution. The
constitutional amendments would provide, among others, for a shift in the
form of government from presidential to parliamentary as a solution – so
she says - to the political crisis. Such a shift, Macapagal-Arroyo says,
would expedite legislation and make laws more relevant to the needs of the
people. But her foes are not buying the bait. She is either the problem or
part of the problem. She remains beleaguered.
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