Charter Change or '07 Elections?

Manila Bulletin, August 22, 2006 | Go to article overview

Charter Change or '07 Elections?


Byline: Hern. P. Zenarosa

EVENTUALLY, after an overextended postponement of the promised filing of the petition to amend the Constitution through "people's initiative" with the Commission on Election, the Charter Change Advocacy Commission is now ready to do so this week.

That is the good news.

The fact is that the filing of the petition has long been awaited if only to clear the lingering doubts over the legality of the people's initiative as a process in the amendment of the Charter.

The clash of views between its proponents and those who oppose it continues to fuel confusion to the already tottering division among the citizens.

Incidentally, the chairman of the Charter Change Advocacy Commission has written the Editor-in-Chief of this paper disputing our claim which appeared in this space some time ago, that Charter change issues were dividing the nation.

Lito Monico Lorenzana, chairman of the commission, wrote: "If Charter change breeds wide divisions among the citizenry, then where did the more than 10 million signatures come from which represent 25 percent of the total number of the registered voting population?"

I really do not know where the signatures of that 25 percent of the voting population came from but what many people are talking about is that they were solicited by well-funded organizations - certainly not on the initiative of most of those whose signatures appear in the initiative forms.

But the commission's worry should be on the 75 percent other voters who did not sign up for Charter change initiative: Certainly, you cannot ignore the 75 percent of the voting population as its vote will be crucial when the plebiscite is presented to the public.

The people have spoken, the commission official said, explaining that the signatures gathered by the Sigaw ng Bayan "is one proof that our citizens are unified in the clamor for constitutional reforms."

But how could the citizens be considered unified if they are represented merely by a small minority? …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Charter Change or '07 Elections?
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.