Charter amendments need 'widespread' consultation: bishop

Yasmin Pascual-Dormido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 28 2018 03:42 PM | Updated as of Mar 28 2018 03:57 PM

BACOLOD CITY - “The people should be awake! We should not sell our soul, our destiny, our freedom.” 

These were the words of Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon as he reminded the people that they should actively express their sentiments on the move to amend the constitution. 

Bishop Buzon is among the 4 bishops of Negros who came out with joint pastoral guidelines on federalism and charter change. 

“Amending the fundamental law of the land, so carefully crafted for the common good after years of dictatorship, requires widespread people’s participation and consultation, unity of vision, transparency, and relative serenity that allows for rational discussion and debate,” the document read.

Bishop Buzon urged all groups, organizations, faith-based and non-faith based, to help in the promotion of awareness and education of the people on the issue.

The bishops urged the consultative committee created by President Rodrigo Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution, to study and hold consultations on federalism and to be always guided by the principle of common good in their deliberations and resolutions. 

“We insist that the voice of the people and NOT that of self-serving politicians be reflected in any constitutional change!”

Aside from Buzon, the joint pastoral guidelines was signed by Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of the Diocese of San Carlos, Bishop Julito Cortes of the Diocese of Dumaguete and Bishop-Elect Louie Galbines of the Diocese of Kabankalan.