PILGRIMS who will grace the commemoration of the 104th birthday of Monsignor Teofilo Basteda Camomot, fondly called Tatay Lolong, on March 3 this year could already view the white coffin in a crypt covered with clear glass on an elevated top inside the Domus Teofilo at the Daughters of Saint Teresa Mother House compound in Valladolid, Carcar City, Cebu. This is the new resting place of the beloved founder of the religious congregation, the Daughters of Saint Teresa (DST).
Monsignor, your 110 or more religious nuns have faithfully emulated your love for the poor and the needy by becoming educators in many parochial schools in the Archdiocese of Cebu, Archdiocese of Palo, Archdiocese of Davao, Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, Archdiocese of Jaro, Diocese of Maasin, Diocese of Naval, Diocese of Lucena, Diocese of Tagbilaran, Diocese of Talibon and Diocese of Bacolod.
The harvest is great, the laborers many. Congratulations DST. All glory to God!--Cleofe Kuizon Delfino, CPA
We must reject federalism
We wish to express our stand against charter change to adopt federalism:
1. Instead of achieving national unity, federalism will cause the break-up of our country into several states or regions.
2. Because of this break-up, we will be faced with the staggering cost to maintain several layers of government. The regions or states will have their own powers of taxation but they will have to maintain also the salaries of newly-elected and appointed officials. Of the 10 to 18 regions to be created, only NCR and Calabarzon, which control 51 percent of the national assets, can financially survive.
3. Federalism will strengthen political dynasties in the provinces which are controlled by local warlords.
4. Federalism cannot solve the problems of massive poverty, chronic unemployment and economic stagnation.
5. Our problems are not caused by the 1987 Constitution. They are caused by the self-interest and avarice of most of our politicians.
6. Charter Change will in all likelihood prolong the terms of the present leaders.
7. Under the PDP-Laban-proposed Federal Constitution, the incumbent president, aside from his 6-year term which will end in 2022, will be given the right to run for election under the new constitution for a term of 5 years, with a right to re-election of another 5 years. So, under the proposed constitution, President Duterte will be having a total of 16 years as president.
8. Not only President Duterte will benefit from Charter Change but also leaders of Congress 80 percent of whom will have served their three terms.
9. We cannot trust our lawmakers to change Constitution through constituent assembly. It is a very risky undertaking to entrust this delicate matter to these self-seeking and corrupt politicians.
10. Most people prefer a Constitutional Convention rather than a constituent assembly to amend or revise our Constitution, assuming there is need to do so.--Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) Region 7 and Cebu for Human Rights (C4HR)