The Nation’s “Soul”



We write this column amidst pending proposals in the Lower House of Congress to amend our Constitution to allegedly provide for economic provisions which will speed up economic recovery of our country. While we do not discredit whatever good intentions motivated this clamor for change among our lawmakers, this writer stands by his belief that economic recovery in the light of this global pandemic can only be attained if we concentrate or focus on the eradication of this global scourge. This economic down trend is not the monopoly of our country. It is a universal experience that is wreaking havoc on every nation the world over. For as long as the pandemic is unchecked and uncontrolled, industries will be paralyzed, with the resultant loss of jobs, highly debilitated population, and God forbid an impending food crisis. It has become quite clear that should this global crisis be reversed, economic recovery would be the offshoot of a return to normalcy.


The Constitution is the soul of every nation. It embodies the people’s vision, beliefs and aspirations. It cannot be touched or toyed with without compelling reason. Any changes must be delicately balanced with consideration of national interest without losing our character as a people. Any changes therefore, must be made with utmost circumspection especially as to its long term effects. As the fundamental law of the land it must be given the stability that it deserves. Should an amendment be the last resort, it should be coupled with safeguards against intrusion and desecration of our democratic ideals.


QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:


“THE ULTIMATE MEASURE OF A MAN IS NOT WHERE HE STANDS IN MOMENTS OF COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE, BUT WHERE HE STANDS IN TIMES OF CHALLENGE AND CONTROVERSY.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR


FOR OUR WORD OF LIFE:


“FOR IN FIRE GOLD IS TESTED, AND WORTHY MEN IN THE CRUCIBLE OF HUMILIATION.

SIRACH 2:5