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Monday, April 03, 2006


Cha-cha starts on wrong foot

How can a “systemic change” that purports to reform the corrupt political system be the final solution it is made out to be when it is anchored on the most basic building block of corruption – a bribe?

The main reason why incumbent local officials, including congressmen, have jumped into the cha-cha bandwagon is because they were bribed with an automatic 3-year extension of their terms via Cha-cha’s implicit no-election scenario (the 2007 elections WILL be postponed).

The main reason why the fake people’s initiative is gaining ground is because the signatories and signature collectors are being bribed with money, rice, goods and the assurance of more political largesse from their incumbent local officials until 2010 at least.

And so what we have here is a “solution” to a problem that is anchored on the very problem it aims to solve. Confused? You bet.

The truth is that cha-cha is not a solution to government abuse and/or corruption. It aims, in fact, to further strengthen and institutionalize corruption by making the parliament a far worse old boys club than Congress already is. It also aims to give Pres. Arroyo greater and wider powers, at least during the 2007-2010 transition phase, for her to snare the prime ministership after her presidency ends.

Cha-cha is a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease.