PETITION TO CONGRESS TO PASS A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

PETITION TO CONGRESS TO PASS A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

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WHEREAS, under the 1987 Constitution, the Philippines never had a real democracy because only a few elites have controlled economic and political power;

WHEREAS, the 1987 Constitution, stated that sovereignty emanates from the people, but in reality, it deprived the Filipino people the power to propose amendments or revision to the Constitution by restricting the exercise thereof only to the discretion of Congress;

WHEREAS, over 2.3 Million Overseas Filipinos have left the country and many more continue to migrate for lack of better opportunities owing to the restrictive economic provision of the 1987 Constitution that chose to protect less than 1% of the population composed of about 40 elite families than the over 130 Million Filipinos;

WHEREAS, as a result of the 1987 Constitution's restriction on foreign investments to only 40%, huge sectors of Filipino industry (such as banking, telecommunications, and property development) are almost entirely monopolized by a few elite political families, most of whom have been in power since the Spanish colonial era, yet little is being done to destabilize the Philippines' oligarchical dominance of the elite;

WHEREAS, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for roughly 99 percent of Filipino firms. However, those SMEs only account for 35 percent of the country's GDP owing to lack of technical capacity, difficulty in accessing regional markets in ASEAN and, notably, a lack of access to finance since banks are also owned by the Oligarchs;

WHEREAS, owing to the restrictive economic provision of the 1987 Constitution, only less than 1% or about 40 elite families control the economy and provide jobs to 130 Million Filipinos. As a result, million Filpino professionals seek better opportunities abroad leading to the country's brain drain, while over 26 Million Filipinos left in the country survive on lower than daily minimum wage while the income of the top 10% of elite Filipino families is TEN TIMES HIGHER than the income of the BOTTOM 10%;

WHEREAS, the 1987 Constitution legitimized control of the economy by a few which resulted to the following: the wealth of the richest 50 families (3.5 Trillion pesos) is equivalent to: 1/4 of the country's GDP (national product) or the entire budget of the Government and OLIGARCHS, MONOPOLIES, CARTELS CONTROL OF VITAL INDUSTRIES AND BUSINESSES;

WHEREAS, the 1987 Constitution overly concentrated political power only to the President by vesting in him control over all executive agencies of the government, power to appoint all justices and judges of the Judiciary and control of the House of Representatives and the Senate through pork barrel system;

WHEREAS, the 1987 Constitution is full of beautiful provisions that cannot be enforced and were merely written to deceive and fool the Filipino people. For instance, the provision on political dynasty which CONGRESS WILL NEVER PASS INTO LAW!;

WHEREAS, the following political realities have resulted from this grand deception: 295 families control Philippine politics; 73 out of 80 provinces have political dynasties; 81% of governors, 78% of house members, 69% of mayors, 57% of vice mayors belong to political dynasties;    

WHEREAS, the 1987 Constitution created a farce system of checks and balances, weak democratic institutions which are prone to abuse by few elites and lack of accountability on public officials and merit and fitness in public service;

WHEREAS, the 1987 Constitution created a system prone to corruption at all levels of the government to detriment of the Filipino people;

WHEREAS, these urgent concerns of ordinary Filipinos have been repeatedly ignored and paid lip service by several CONGRESSES after the EDSA REVOLUTION; and

WHEREAS, to genuinely institute reforms there is a need to overhaul or amend the 1987 Constitution; and

WHEREAS, majority of the Filipino people preferred a Constitutional Convention as the best mode to amend or revise the Constitution.

NOW THEREFORE, We the Filipino People from whom the SOVEREIGNTY OF GOVERNMENT RESIDES AND EMANATES, DEMAND CONGRESS TO PASS A RESOLUTION TO CONVENE A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION TO AMEND OR REVISE THE 1987 OLIGARCH CONSTITUTION.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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