Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, head of the 25-member Consultative Committee tasked to review the 1987 Constitution, has squelched apprehension by some sectors that vested interests could hijack the process of rewriting the 1987 Constitution and advance thir personal agenda.
These are all speculations, he said, as they still have to discuss the design, the particular provisions of the Constitution: “And I’m sure that at the end of the day, we shall be able to address all these expressions of fear.”
This is reassuring, coming from a respected former jurist. And those who want to insert amendments or revisions that would tend to favor certain sectors or groups should bear in mind that the new fundamental law should protect the national interest and the public good, first and foremost.
While at this, we agree with an eminent member of the Consultative Committee, former Sen. Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., that the people should participate in the charter change process to ensure that it is not dominated by those pushing for their own interests. As we have a free country where freedom of speech and of the press are recognized, Filipinos should exercise these freedoms, according to the longstanding exponent of a federal system.