Duterte’s Cha-Cha reverses gains of EDSA

Opinion & Analysis Philippines Mar 9, 2018 at 3:29 pm

dutertes-cha-cha-reverses-gains-of-edsa-march-2-2018_926B728D76E74C949FC8DE71F0369C33By Teddy A. Casiño

This year’s EDSA People Power anniversary was marked by widespread protests against President Rodrigo Duterte’s push for Charter Change (Cha-Cha). And with good reason.

Taken as a whole, the various proposals to revise or amend the 1987 Constitution are a stark reversal of whatever spirit of democratization, nationalism, and people empowerment there is in the EDSA-inspired Charter.

If Duterte’s Cha-Cha succeeds, it will lead to the greater disempowerment of ordinary Filipinos, especially the poor and marginalized sectors of society.

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