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philippine ills emanate from social inequity, not weak constitution – GWP Rep. Emmi De Jesus
Press Release Posted on July 2nd, 2012.
REP. EMMI DE JESUS, 0917-3221203
Wena Festin, 09156349308
“Charter change has been used time and again as an excuse to solve one social ill after another. The clamor has been raised consistently under all administrations after Cory Aquino under seemingly profound guises. What its pushers fail to admit is that these social ills they prescribe charter change for, emanate from social inequity and the dominant traditional politics, and not a weak constitution," explained Gabriela Rep. Emmi De Jesus.
"The economic crisis that we experience is not a product of a restrictive constitution but of economic policies that cater to the needs of foreign investors and the privileged Filipino tycoons who advocate anti-poor policies as job contractualization and labor flexibilization. The determination and political will to repair the economic and political structures lies not in creating a flexible Constitution but in creating pro-people economic policies that will support the economic and human resources development of the country. We need policies that will create more local jobs through national industrialization and genuine agrarian reform. We need economic policies that will ensure the protection of the Filipinos,” explained Rep. De Jesus.
"Political issues such as the Scarborough shoal dispute can be resolved by affirming the Constitution's declaration of Philippine sovereignty and not changing the constitutional provisions. The development of a sovereign country does not depend on laws that cater to the needs of foreign interests, but in the government’s full support of its human resources and responsible use of the nation’s natural resources," the Gabriela solon added.
"It's time we push for a strong clamor to end social inequity instead of catering to selfish motives that push for charter change," ended De Jesus.