The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) expressed its support to the stance of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to oppose the attempt to change the 1987 Philippine Constitution through People’s Initiative (PI).
In a statement released on February 6, CEAP stressed that the PI “is a clear deception against the Filipino people and a brazen insult to the bedrock of our democracy.”
“As an organization of academic institutions, we are committed to active advocacy and engagement. We cannot remain passive when the common good and the foundations of our democracy are in jeopardy,” the statement said.
CEAP emphasized that instead of self-serving charter change that would benefit the few, politicians should work on genuine social and political reforms that prioritize the interests of the masses.
“[C]harter Change will not usher in social transformation, not even the promised economic growth. It is being pursued for the self-interest of those in power. They may employ euphemisms and sugarcoat their statements, but the truth will not be denied: they are the beneficiaries of the proposed Charter Change and never the Filipino citizens,” CEAP added.
The academic sector of the country’s Catholic Church also pointed out that corruption, not the Constitution, must be blamed for the problems that the country is currently facing.
They urged all their member schools and stakeholders to discern, pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on this issue.
On January 31, the CBCP through its president, Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, conveyed its opposition to the PI and encouraged the faithful to “not sign or agree to any petition without careful discernment, discussion and prayer.”
“Let us not allow such deceptive systems to continue, encouraging those who continuously exploit our nation. Truly, this is not good,” Bishop David concluded. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)