“Putting on the line the slaughter of communities, deviously invoking the Bangsamoro’s rightful claim to their homeland and the peace process in laying the carefully calculated plan for Charter Change cannot be anything but mass murder and outright treachery.”
Thus said Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Maza in a press conference denouncing President Arroyo’s renewed bid for Charter Change via federalism.
“The problems in Mindanao are deeply rooted and federalism, especially when it is raised with sinister intentions to entrench oneself further into power, cannot resolve this. It cannot even be seen as a step towards the resolution of conflict. Clearly, the call for federalism is meant only to give President Arroyo the much needed opportunity to mess with the Constitution, and assure the extension of her term,” said Maza.
The Gabriela solon explained that President Arroyo’s term extension can be facilitated through the institution of a federal cum parliamentary form of government that could at the same time superficially recognize the creation of a Bangsamoro state, as stipulated in the controversial Memorandum of Agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
“The Arroyo government is the last entity in the universe that we can trust with amending the Constitution whether surgical or extensive. We will exert all efforts to stop any maneuver towards Charter Change in Congress,” vowed Maza.#