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Thursday, 23 April 2009 19:43
Posted by Institute of Federal-Parliamentary Government, Kalayaan College, No. 24 Mango Road, corner Aurora Boulevard, beside the Betty Go Belmonte Station, LRT2. New site from May 15, 2009 Analysis on the position of the Catholic Church on Charter Change The Church is for Charter Change after 2010, not before; The Church wants to help in making amendments to the Constitution as it did in 1986-87; The Church is against removing term limits on Pres Arroyo, “the present power holder.” Apparently, the Church may not be against removing the term limit on the leader (not President Arroyo) who will be elected President in 2010. This could mean an amendment that the next President may be allowed by constitutional amendment to succeed himself/herself either as President again, or as the Prime Minister in a parliamentary system. This analysis is based on the following news item published by Philippine Star, on August 23, 2009. Church to push for Cha-cha after 2010, says official Philstar.com - Thursday, April 23, 2009 MANILA, Philippines – The Catholic Church will be pushing for Charter Change (Cha-cha) after the 2010 national elections, an official said today. Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said they are even willing to help in making amendments in the Constitution. "In fact, that is what had happened in the Constitution of 1987 that some of our Canon lawyers and Bishop Ted Bacani was there and Fr. Joaquin Bernas," Lagdameo said. He reiterated that the CBCP's stand on Cha-cha is for amendments to be made after 2010. "It's always connected with the idea of removing term limits for the present power holder. That is what we do not like," the CBCP head noted. The CBCP is set to meet on May but the issue of Cha-cha might not be tackled. - By Dennis Carcamo (Philstar News Service, www.philstar.com) The Office of Dr. Jose V. Abueva President, Kalayaan College at Riverbanks, 1803 Marikina, Philippines Telefax (632)934 4865 Website: www.kalayaan.edu.ph Email: joseabueva@yahoo.com
 

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