Joint statement of the Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines, Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, Action for Economic Reforms and the Foundation for Economic Freedom
We are appalled at the indecency and blatant disregard of the
Filipino people’s will displayed by the House of Representatives in its
adoption of House Resolution No. 1109 that allows itself to convene as a constituent assembly to amend the Constitution, without the necessary participation of the Senate.
The question all Filipinos should ask is: For whose interest was
this action taken? Certainly not the Filipino people’s, as there is no
widespread clamor to amend the Constitution, especially now that we are
less than a year away from a presidential election. The resolution
contains no issue of profound impact to the people’s welfare.
By this action of pro-Administration congresspersons, any remaining
doubts about the determination of the Arroyo Administration and its
allies in the House to manipulate our democratic processes and
institutions to prolong their hold on power have been erased.