February 27, 2017, 3:08 pm
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An ‘economic revolution’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte, now on his seventh month in office this January 2017, is reportedly sending shockwaves throughout the country by revealing his “secret formula” that the average Filipino is using to make fast money from home.

“We’re literally seeing an increase in self-employment,” Duterte was quoted by ABS/CBN News as saying that “never before in history do we have an opportunity that people can easily take advantage of to generate tremendous wealth in such a short time.”

Duterte explained why this is going to happen, and that it will only last until his term ends. “A new economy has emerged that 99.9 percent of the world’s population is unaware of. Imagine buying google.com when the internet first began. That same opportunity is occurring right now and it’s 100 times more powerful. Literally anyone can begin taking advantage of this new economy.”

But Duterte warned that it’s dangerous to talk about this “economic revolution” because “the powerful Oligarchs do not want the average Filipino so much wealth and because the wealthier the population is the less power they themselves have.” 

Finally, Duterte concluded, “the Oligarchs are angry that I revealing this. But it’s about time that we share the money of the entire country and to move faster. It’s an economic revolution!”

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After Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced his support for President Duterte’s war against illegal drugs, crime and corruption, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May expressed her wish “to be a genius like the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, who has been fulfilling what he promised during the presidential campaign last year.”

According to a London news report, May said also “I think the UK can follow the Philippines’ footsteps.” She added that she is ready to strengthen the UK-Philippines relationship. “Duterte is my friend, I will work with him. Filipinos will always maintain discipline even in foreign countries like here. I love Filipinos in UK who are hard working like their President Duterte.”

And finally, Prime Minister May remarked: “For the respect I have for President Duterte, and to prove that I’m in love with his leadership, UK is going to offer visa-free policy to all Filipinos for a period of three years.”

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The Senate is ready to convene as a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) with the House of Representatives to write amendments to the 1987 Constitution.

The proposed changes to the 29-year-old Constitution, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel hopes, will be submitted to Congress by the body of experts formed by Malacañang for the purpose before the
middle of this year 2017 so that lawmakers can start working on the amendments.

While President Roa Duterte and many lawmakers prefer the formation of a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) as a mode for changes in the Charter change, Pimentel said the convening of a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) is still very much an option. In a Con-Ass, he explained, the Senate and the House of Representatives will convene as one chamber amending body while a Con-Con requires the election of delegates.

The main drawback of a Con-Con, Pimentel pointed out, is its huge cost, and the danger of that the process will lead to massive changes in the Constitution, and drag for a long time being an independent body. “We’re reading the Constitution and thinking what are the good reforms for our Constitution,” he said. “So we’re ready to convene as a Constituent Assembly.”

Actually, during the presidential campaign last year, Duterte, as a candidate, pushed for a shift to a federal form of government as well as lifting restrictive economic provisions in the Constitution. And he vowed to step from office if the amendments are implemented before the end of his term of office in 2022.

Duterte has also assured the 24-member Senate that he preferred a separate voting of members of the two chambers of Congress in the event the Con-Ass convened to allay concerns of senators they will be outvoted by the congressmen, who number 290.

Pimentel said that while nothing stops a lawmaker from proposing other than a shift to federalism and removal of restrictive economic restrictions, member of the Con-Ass can exercise self-discipline and limit themselves not to go beyond our agreement.

“Let’s not worry because we’re really opening up the Constitution,” Pimentel said. “This is really the process to change or revise it!”

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Quote of the Day: “A good Constitution is infinitely better than the best despot!” – Anon.
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