The Obsolete Principle

They’re getting desperate…

Our government is pushing for a change in the Constitution, spearheaded by our President. While they may claim to have noble intentions, one can still discern the truth behind it. I don’t know if it’s just me, but are they trying to change the Constitution just to extend their terms, consequently, extending their grasp on power? Change is good, yes, if it seeks to do good. Let’s review shall we?

Article 1 of the Constitution is about the National Territory of the Philippines. It defines the boundaries of the state in relation with the boundaries of other countries.

Article 2 of the Constitution is about the Declaration of Principles and State Policies. It defines the country as a democratic state headed by a republican (representative) leader. It defines sovereignty as power of the people and for the people. In short, it defines the vision of the Constitution for our country, for us all. It represents the dreams and hopes of every Filipino citizen.

Article 3 of the Constittion is about the Bill of Rights. Basically it covers our natural, God-given rights to the privileges granted by the state to its all people.

Article 4 of the Constitution is about Citizenship. It sets the requirements needed to be accepted as a citizen of the Philippines. And I’m proud to be Filipino.

Article 5 of the Constitution is about Suffrage. Suffrage is the right to vote. This Article discusses the otherwise simple process of democratic elections.

Article 6 of the Constitution is about the Legislative Department. It defines the powers granted by the state to our senators, congressmen, our lawmakers in general. It also defines the boundaries/limitations of their authority. Just politics.

Article 7 of the Constitution is about the Executive Department. It defines the powers [and perks] granted by the state to our head of state and other heads of the government. It also defines the boundaries/limitations of their authority. Again, just politics.

Article 8 of the Constitution is about the Judicial Department. It again, defines the powers granted by the state to our magistrates. It also defines the boundaries/limitations of their authority. Sigh.

Article 9 of the Constitution is about the Constitutional Commissions. These are the commissions created by the state to oversee political processes. There are three commissions: The Commission on Civil Service, which screens possible candidates, among other duties, The Commission on Elections, enough said, and the Commission on Audit, which is responsible for managing the money used by our government.

Article 10 of the Constitution is about the Local Government. This grants autonomy to the municipalities/cities/provinces of the state to their respective heads. In short, they can do anything they want [in the boundaries set by the law] to improve their jurisdiction. This also divides our country into the municipalities/cities/provinces we know today.

Article 11 of the Constitution is about the Accountability of Public Officers. Ahhh… with great power comes great trust. Betray the trust of the people… and the people’ll betray you. [Just kidding.] This states the consequences public officials will face should they betray public trust through political means (abuse of power). This also gives the Ombudsman the powers to oust incompetent government officials. What’s taking it so long?!

Article 12 of the Constitution is about National Economy and Patrimony. It’s the capitalist policy of our country. Ahem, that sounded harsh. Ok, this article is about simple economics- the distribution of resources to benefit all. (I still hate capitalism though.)

Article 13 of the Constitution is about Social Justice and Human Rights. It grants more rights and privileges to the people. If Article 3 were mostly about our rights as a person, this is mostly about being a citizen of our country. Yay! More rights! Yet these rights are undoubtedly abused… Sigh.

Article 14 is about Education, Science and Technology, Arts, Culture, and Sports. It tackles mostly the welfare of the people. It defines our culture as being Filipino. It also contains Sections 6-9, which defines Filipino as our National Language.

Article 15 of the Constitution is about The Family. This defines the family as the basic unit of society, with the duty of observing the laws of the state. I’ll talk about this in the future.

Article 16 of the Constitution is about the General Provisions. Fancy word for miscellaneous laws. Still, they’re important. But I’m really perplexed by Section 3: “The state may not be sued without its consent.” Woah. Where’s democracy?

Article 17 of the Constitution is about Ammendments or Revisions. Law change, in other words. This seeks to change the law if it no longer suits the current times. Which leads us to:

Article 18 of the Constitution is about the Transitory Provisions. If we are going to change our current form of government, this Article will oversee the transition.

Cha-cha, or Charter Change, seeks to change only Articles 6 and 7 of the Constitution. This means that no change in rights, no change in territory, no change except the Legislative and Executive Departments. No change at all. It’s really a means to keep power. Let’s face it. We have incompetent leaders heading our nation. How stupid. Do they really think we’re fools? Just because we’re silent doesn’t mean we’re complacent. No. We’re really just being patient. My brothers and sisters, how long shall we allow ourselves to be abused? I love my country and I’m grateful for what she’s done for me. On Saturday, March 25, General Assemblies shall be held in barangays all over the country, to let the people decide once and for all- to change or not? Be the voice of this generation. I pray that God’s will be done.

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