Political experts gathered at a forum to discuss the pros and cons of changing the 1987 Constitution. They emphasized the need for a comprehensive approach rather than making piecemeal amendments.
Dr. Clarita Carlos, a prominent political psychologist, highlighted the complexity of the issue, likening the constitution to a human being with multiple ailments. She cautioned against solely focusing on economic provisions, as this could face opposition from politicians. Dr. Carlos stressed the importance of properly explaining any proposed changes, whether it involves shifting to a parliamentary system or altering term limits.
She emphasized the need for strategic communication to garner support and questioned the immediate benefits of amending economic provisions. Dr. Carlos also addressed concerns about political dynasties and term limits, noting that they might become irrelevant under a parliamentary system.
Atty. Edwin Lacierda, a former presidential spokesperson, echoed the sentiment that changing the constitution should not be driven by sentimentality or political expediency. He pointed out the challenges of addressing both economic and political provisions, emphasizing the importance of good governance for economic stability.
Lacierda differentiated between revision and amendment of the constitution, highlighting the need for clarity in the process, particularly regarding the People’s Initiative. He emphasized the positive impact of good governance on the country’s credit rating and overall economic prosperity.
Both experts cautioned against calls for secession, emphasizing the importance of national unity and stability. They urged for a careful and thorough consideration of any proposed constitutional changes to ensure the country’s long-term welfare.
The Forum for “The Agenda” at the Club Filipino was hosted by Atty. Fred Mison, with the Everything For Good Consultancy (EFG) and Impact Media Publishing.