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By Nef Luczon
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
LIKE a prized possession of a vehicle that was bought from hard work, we see to it that we wanted it maintained through constant check-up and oil change. Even to our computers, or smartphones we want its system to be updated. So are our laws and even our Constitution.
Through Charter Change (Cha-Cha), it is hoped that provisions of the 1987 Constitution can be amended or improved, of course, for the people to benefit it. Because there are still sections that need a second look, and there are sections that need to keep its pace with time and the current norms in the society.
That idea alone is like a powder keg waiting to explode, as there are opposing ideas to the purpose of having a Cha-Cha.
The Bangsamoro Law, that is hoped to advance peace and progress to Mindanao, needs to have Cha-Cha otherwise the whole concept of it remains unconstitutional. But Cha-Cha in a hope to lessen the co-equal powers of the Judiciary and the Supreme Court, as well as the possibility on adjusting the terms of the Philippine President is very disturbing and ambiguous.
Cha-Cha is very promising, as it is also can be damaging. It is, however, in the truest sense of purpose that clearly establishes why there is a need for one. And if that sense of purpose concerns as what has been rumored as term extensions and selfish desires for power, then we better be prepared for a major social uproar again.
In what appears to be a transitional mood for the upcoming city fiesta of St. Augustine, the majority bloc of the Cagayan de Oro City council did not miss to spoil some fun when the news of them filing a graft complaint against Mayor Oscar Moreno, on the basis of purchasing of “questionable” city hall spending and the purchase of a luxurious vehicle that’s worth millions.
If only the city council is as aggressive and vigilant even before in the past administrations then they have all the respect and admiration from the people and can be a role model for good governance. But wait, why is it they just only did it now? Were they born only yesterday?
To be fair also, the complaint filed by the city council somehow has its points to come up with a probability – if there aren’t then they would waste time and money for that case.
We will see if this case progresses over time, and let’s hope that in the middle of this the people will see the truth coming out.
Again, this year’s city fiesta or the rebranded “Higalaay Festival” is fuelled by anticipation already as it has being hyped by various media platforms especially by bloggers and social media specialists. As various events are also sponsored by the private businesses, we can only hope for the success of the overall of the festival – and maybe the organizers can advise their guest “celebrities,” especially comedians, to be sensitive to the local culture and avoid being called as “persona non grata” in the future, perhaps?
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 20, 2014.