COTABATO City, August 27, 2014—Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Beltran Cardinal Quevedo airs his disapproval over proposals to amend the 1987 constitution if it aims to strengthen and prolong Filipino politicians’ hold in power.
“If it is only for the extension and it is primarily for the extension of the political terms, I would be entirely against it,” Quevedo pointed out recently over Radyo Veritas.
According to him, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has been consistently against a Charter Change (Cha-Cha), which only intends to promote the self-interest of the extremely “powerful few.”
The Ilocano prelate clarified, however, that his opposition to Cha-Cha is not absolute.
He explained, ”If there were any change in the charter itself it should be with regards to the possibility of peace in Mindanao and of economic development without sacrificing our own primary ownership of land and natural resources.”
The Cotabato archbishop particularly lambasted the move by some Aquino allies to change the charter in favor of President Benigno S. Aquino III (PNoy). (Raymond A. Sebastián)