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Women’s, fishers’ groups in Bataan reject cha-cha

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NO to cha-cha. Edlyn Rosales of Pangisda-Bataan, Derek Cabe of KPD-Bataan and Emily Fajardo of KaBaRo. Photo: Ernie Esconde

BALANGA CITY — Two groups in Bataan, both led by women, registered strong opposition to changes in the 1987 Philippine Constitution that they claimed are not to the advantage of the citizens but in the interest of politicians.

The two organizations under the umbrella of the Kilusang Pambansang Demokrasya-Bataan are the Kababaihang Bataeño para Kalikasan, Karapatan at Pagbabago under chairperson Emily Fajardo, and Pangisda-Bataan headed by Edlyn Rosales.

Fajardo said her group is for the rejection of charter change because they believe that the 1987 Constitution might not be perfect but has many progressive provisions as a result of the EDSA revolution and people power.

“Itong cha-cha na isinusulong ngayon ng ating pamahalaan, naniniwala kami na ito ay hindi para sa kapakanan at interes ng mga mamamayang Pilipino. Naniniwala tayo every administration laging may pagtatangka sa ating constitution at laging target ay ang paghaba ng term of office ng Pangulo,” she said. 

Fajardo noted that tinkering the economic provision of the 1987 Constitution will open the free flow of goods in the country that will affect small Filipino producers and farmers. 

“So overall, sa economic at political provisions, naniniwala kami na ang babaguhin na laman ng constitution ay hindi para sa kapakanan at interes ng mamamayan at mga kababaihan,” Fajardo said.

Rosales also argued that members of her fisherman’s group are against the cha-cha that she said will not benefit the majority of our people.  

“Sa ngayon pa nga lang na wala pang nagaganap na cha-cha ay halos ubusin na nila ang ating mga natural resources para sa usapin ng kapital at kita lang ng iilan.  Napakarami sa mga

mamamayan natin lalong lalo na sa mga kababaihan talaga yung tuwirang apektado ng ganitong klase ng proyekto,” Rosales said. “Paano pa kaya kapag binuksan na at binago na talaga ang pundasyon sa economic, so mas malaking problema.”

“Siguro ang dapat nating gawing aksyon ay ang tingnan muna natin kung ano ba talaga ang mas matimbang: Ang pago-open ba talaga ng ekonomiya ang higit na makakatulong talaga para sa ikabubuti ng mga mamamayan o yung dapat na talagang akuin natin ang para sa atin at linangin natin ito ng naaayon at para sa kapakinabangan mismo ng mamamayan ng bansa?” Rosales said.

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