Buencamino is a fellow of Action for Economic Reforms. This piece was published on Christmas day 2008 in page A6 of the Business Mirror.

Cardinal Rosales got it right when he said leaving it to a con-ass to amend the Constitution is “like entrusting your teenage daughter in the care of a rapist.”

Many honorables of the Netherhouse were offended by the Cardinal’s choice of words so I’ve prepared a list of more acceptable alternatives:

“Allowing the House of Rapepresentathieves to constitute itself into a con-ass with carte blanche to amend the Constitution is…

“…like entrusting human rights in the care of General Jovito Palparan.

“…like entrusting Bantay Bata in the care of Romeo Jalosjos.

“…like entrusting elections in the care of Garci and Benjamin Abalos.

“…like entrusting justice in the care of Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez.

“…like entrusting land reform in the care of Representatives Mikey and Ignacio Arroyo.

“…like entrusting impeachment in the care of the House justice committee.

“…like entrusting mental health in the care of Senator Miriam Santiago.

“…like entrusting the independence of Congress in the care of Mikey Arroyo’s errand boy, ‘Speaker’ Prospero Nograles.

“…like entrusting national security in the care of Norberto Gonzales.

“…like entrusting anti-terrorism in the care of the Abu Sayyaf.

“…like entrusting the Mindanao peace talks in the care of Press Secretary Jesus Dureza, General Hermogenes Esperon, and Commander Bravo.

“…like entrusting the personal safety and security of ZTE-NBN whistle blower Jun Lozada in the care of Environment Secretary Lito Atienza, Police Protection and Security Office Chief Romeo Hilomen and his deputy Paul Mascarinas, Aviation Security Group Chief Atilano Morada, airport security chief Angel Atutubo, Rodolfo Valeroso, Mike Defensor, Romulo Neri, Undersecretary Manuel Gaite and Attorney Antonio Bautista.

“…like entrusting maritime safety in the care of the owners of Sulpicio Lines.

“…like entrusting the procurement of the Armed Forces in the care of General Carlos Garcia and the intelligence funds of the Philippine National Police in the care of police comptroller Eliseo dela Paz.

“…like entrusting the fertilizer funds in the care of Jocjoc Bolante.

“…like entrusting the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) in the care of Winston Garcia and the Social Security System (SSS) in the care Romulo Neri.

“…like entrusting the National Economic and Development Authority to Jose Maria Sision,

“…like entrusting the gold in Mt. Diwalwal in the care of Mike Defensor and Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Favila.

“…like entrusting the national broadband network in the care of Transportation and Communications Secretary Leandro Mendoza, Assistant Secretary Lorenzo Formoso, Benjamin Abalos, Yu Yong, Fan Yang, Mike Defensor, Peter Favila, and Gloria Arroyo.

“…like entrusting the budget in the care of Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya and Gloria Arroyo.

“…like entrusting the banking system in the care of rural banker Celso de los Angeles.

“…like entrusting the Senate ethics committee in the care of Senator Joker Arroyo.

“…like entrusting the anti-corruption campaign in the care of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.

“…like entrusting the anti-jueteng campaign in the care of Chavit Singson and Atong Ang.

“…like entrusting the anti-smuggling campaign in the care of someone’s girlfriend.

“…like entrusting anti-money laundering in the care of Representative Ignacio ‘Jose Pidal’ Arroyo.

“…like entrusting fire prevention in the care of an arsonist.

“…like entrusting your house keys in the care of Bonnie and Clyde Arroyo.”