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STMA tackles ChaCha at Breakfast Forum

“The issue of charter change has overshadowed or sidelined all other major issues of paramount importance,” former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr., told the members and guests at the breakfast forum hosted by the St. Thomas More and Associates (STMA).


The regular breakfast forum was held on March 3, 2018 at the Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino in San Juan City. The former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shared his insights on the issue of charter change and urged those present to act against the proposal to amend the 1987 constitution. 


“My stand on this charter change, especially against federalism, is publicly known. I have welcomed opportunities to share my views with others in hopes that the people may be able to share my views and understand exactly what it is all about, and not to be hoodwinked into believing in the ‘new paradise’ that proponents of chater change promised to them especially in these times of fake news and false news,” Davide said. 


He added, “I must tell you that this ‘new paradise’ is not for the people. It is for politicians who seek power, fortune, and fame, at the same time protecting themselves with that power and acquiring more fortune. The shift to federalism is a lethal experiment.” 


The former Chief Justice further elaborated on the ‘hell’ that people might experience as soon as ChaCha is implemented, such “hell” to include the hidden agenda of the politicians. 


“What our people need today is not a change in the constitution by adapting the federal system but primarily the full implementation of the constitution such as those on social justice, the passage of a law implementing the anti-political dynasty policy and the amendments in the local government code to respond to the challenge for a more just and rational sharing of resources with the local political subdivisions,” added Davide.


“No constitution is perfect because only God is perfect. (Our present constitution) is what is best for the country and for the people, and not just for our generation but even for the generations yet to come. It is the best in the world as a matter of fact, even if it is imperfect,” Davide emphasized. “It is the best because I do not know of any other constitution in the world that is pro-God, pro-Filipino, pro-people, pro-life, pro-family, pro-marriage, pro-poor, pro-human rights, pro-women, pro-environment among others.” 


Davide touched on the present attacks on our Christian values, especially on the institutions of marriage and the family.


“We have now the recently proposed bill of the house adopting divorce in the Philippines. There is another one soon to follow, allowing same-sex marriage.” Davide said. 


The guests at the forum, a regular activity of the St. Thomas More and Associates, CFC’s Social Development Program for Good Governance, expressed their gratitude at the opportunity to hear the former Chief Justice expound on the issues that now threaten the very fiber of Philippine society. (Yvonne Dolorosa)

Added on Monday, March 12, 2018



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