Call it Plan B v.2.0: House readies constituent assembly signed by 194 lawmakers. the beauty of it is, it also absorbs Plan C (having to push through with elections). The Pichay B v. 2.0+C v. 1.5 would accomplish the following: achieve the proposal of amendments, submit it to a plebiscite timed to coincide with local elections (after, possibly, a brief postponement of the polls from May to November), permit the local elections to distract the plebiscite vote, and, nullify the way the local-national elections would be fought (to elect an impeachment Congress).
After all, after the election-plebiscite, the 14th Congress would then become the new National Parliament, making impeachment not only more difficult, but isolating both impeachment-minded congressmen (focused on the 1/3 vote presently required) and impeachment-minded senators (focused on the 2/3 majority required to convict) since under parliament, impeachment would require 3/4 which could be prevented either by winning enough House seats or simply bribing the new parliament into maintaining more than 1/4 opposed to impeachment.
It’s brilliant and possibly, foolproof.
But in case that’s too clever, plan D (electing an administration-controlled constitutional convention) gets a fresh twist, too: Law calling for Charter Convention proposed. An appointed, not elected, Constitutional Convention (call it Plan D v. 1.5). The law could be easily passed. And then the Palace could argue: what, One Voice, etc., you’re against even a convention? Why? You want to run for delegate? And it just might work with the public.
News even from the official propaganda organs that seemingly portray dissent within the ranks of the faithful –like this one– are causing them to be going great guns over at Malaya: and I must say, I tend to agree with what they say they’ve pieced together. Love-hate relationship of GMA, JDV unfolds, one story says, with the flipside being Mike’s boys sharpen knives against Joe. Stories such as Malaya’s Palace: There was no flip-flop on initiative or the Inquirer’s Cabinet men in row over Charter change loss agree to truce are merely reports on clumsy damage-control, then.
The political momentum within the administration seems to be shifting from where it’s been since July last year -with Lakas-CMD and its Ramos vs. de Venecia factions- to the President’s pet party, Kampi, headed by the Secretary of the Interior Ronaldo Puno, and composed of others like Defensor. The fighting over Defense Secretary Nonong Cruz is not about “the firm”, to my mind, as it is about how everyone will need the Armed Forces sooner or later, and the general impression that Cruz is intent on not using the AFP for cheating (at least that’s the impression I get both from his public statements, and what those who claim to be in the know on DND affairs tell me). The question of whether the law firm of Cruz has also outmaneuvered the Lakas-CMD camp and sabotaged Singaw, which was aspiring to be a new power center is secondary.
In the punditocracy, the columns of Connie Veneracion and Alex Magno are delightfully congruent today. the antidote to their columns is Tony Abaya’s.
John Mangun is bullish on the stock market. But Newsbreak reports on gin packed in sachets. This reminds me again: is the economy really doing well? Again, last night, a friend from the motorcycle industry says sales are down 30% this year, and no one can figure out why.This is an efficient and potentially, grow-grow-grow industry, and yet it’s best minds are stumped as to why they seem to have hit a brick wall. Is there a dangerous disjoint in our economy no one wants to, or can, see?
Vanity Fair has a probing feature on Carl Rove, enduring political genius or dinosaur?
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