Flon Faurillo /
She Could Almost Taste It
main proponents of charter change through the so-called “people’s
initiative,” known allies of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, claim to
have received about five million signatures as of March 31 – more than the
number required by the Constitution they wish to change, so they say –
even as the manner it was done reeks of manipulation and the means they
have chosen needs an enabling law which does not yet exist. If they are to
be believed, Macapagal-Arroyo then could almost taste the charter change
that is being cooked up – a charter change that would give her
dictatorial, presidential and prime ministerial powers and an unlimited
term of office; and legalize the Balikatan RP-U.S. military exercises, the
U.S.-led war on “terror,”100-percent foreign ownership of strategic
enterprises. This, by the way, is also a charter change that would sweep
under the rug the issues of electoral fraud, corruption, human rights
violations and electoral fraud that have been raised against Macapagal-Arroyo.
Salungguhit literally means to
underline; figuratively, to
underscore or highlight.
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