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*GMA's plan to stay beyond 2010 bared
The Daily Tribune
By Ninez Cacho-Olivares Editor-in-chief*
Two meetings were held between President Arroyo and her allies among
government units (LGUs) last Friday and Sunday to fine-tune the move
People's Initiative (PI), intended to ensure her stay in Malacañang
Both meetings were held in the home of an Aboitiz known as a close
confidante of Mrs. Arroyo who lives in Makati City.
This was disclosed to the Tribune yesterday by a highly reliable
source who is privy to the plans of Mrs. Arroyo to extend her stay in
For some reason, the plan for her extended stay through the PI is
from her allies in the House of Representatives at this time.
"They (congressmen) are not needed at this time," the source said,
"it will be the local executives' move to get the People's Initiative
Besides, it is still a 'hush-hush' affair. "
He added: "Forget about the memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the
(Moro Islamic Liberation Front). That's a red herring thrown by
That is being used as a cover to get the Charter change going," he
adding that the "plan is all laid out for the People's Initiative to
The source also said that Mrs. Arroyo offered as "sweetener" to the
executives the lifting of term extensions which "delighted" the LGU
present during the meetings.
The President also promised to fund, in the tens of millions, the PI,
ensure that this would get the required percentage of voters.
Reminded that the PI was twice proved unsuccessful despite the all-out
funding from both presidents, Fidel Ramos in 1997 and Mrs. Arroyo a
years back, the source said: "Not this time, because the PI will seek
one simple amendment" which will not even mention term extensions but
that will lead to it.
The source also stressed that Mrs. Arroyo told the LGUs that the PI
definitely be upheld by the Supreme Court, as she now has control over
majority of SC justices.
The source explained that the PI will succeed this time around since
amendment to be sought through the PI will only cover one item in the
Constitution, which is a change in a proviso which will require the
to vote jointly with the House of Representatives as one body on the
of Congress calling for a constituent assembly in amending or revising
"It is a simple amendment. This will pass scrutiny of the Supreme
it is not seeking to change the form of government or even to lift
extensions," the source explained further.
"It's a very simple plan to extend her (Mrs. Arroyo's) term. It is not
People's Initiative but the Senate and the House voting jointly as one
that will be revising the Constitution to fit her needs," he said
explaining that once the simple amendment in the PI is approved, the
now is tossed to the Congress.
"Once approved, the Senate vote will be minimal, compared to the House
and whatever her allies in the House majority votes on, will be
the Senate vote will only count for 22 to over 150 or more," the
"There will be nothing that the Senate can do, once this amendment is
passed. The Senate can no longer argue that constituent assembly
created without the Senate's say so.
The MILF agreement on ancestral domain, it was also bared by the
just being used as a cover for Mrs. Arroyo's plan to stay beyond 2010.
she wants is to stay on after 2010," the source stressed, and she and
aides will do everything to ensure that she stays on as the political
after 2010, explaining that there is no fool-proof exit plan for the
President in avoiding charges once she loses her immunity.
"All attention is now focused on the MILF's agreement on the ancestral
domain, which is not even an important aspect in the plans of
Arroyo to stay in power beyond her term. It is the people's initiative
she and her allies in the local governments plan that is their hidden
"There is no question about it," the source told the Tribune. "She
afford to be out of power after 2010 without her having any safety
guaranteed," he stressed.
Press Secretary Jesus Dureza, along with other presidential aides,
been talking about the need to introduce constitutional amendments to
about the establishment of the MILF juridical entity.
It has been noted that Dureza tried to allay fears of the public that
constitutional amendment being sought is intended to extend the term
Arroyo beyond 2010, stating that the amendment will cover only one
Dureza also said yesterday that the government would have to
yield to Congress for approval and seek the passage of an enabling law
it not been for the Supreme Court's temporary restraining oder (TRO)
He said the output would have been brought to Congress for final
consolidation of all the issues, saying the government "will not
legal and constitutional processes".
Dureza also said Congress would have been the venue for public debate
the passage of an enabling law that could end in the holding of a
"In the end, people will make their own decision," he said.
On the allegation that the peace agreement is being used as a ploy to
Charter change, Dureza said a shift to federal form of government is
speculative at this point, although he said the "trajectory" of the
could be leading toward that direction.
The source also told the Tribune that he wasn't surprised that the
now taking this line of getting Congress to come up with an enabling
"Of course it will be Congress that has to do all this—but a Congress
the Senate no longer has a voice—in almost anything." he said.
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