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A call for discernment

The nation stands uneasily at a crossroad.

The people are caught between what appears to be an irresistible force and an immovable object.

We refer to the opposing forces of Charter change and federalism on one hand and the defenders of the current Constitution and the existing political structure on the other

The arguments have been powerful and compelling for and against the proposal while the debate among academic, legal judicial, and political experts have been intense and impassioned.

Still, the people are ending up more confused and undecided as to which side to support.

But let us not forget that these are early days yet, and that the draft charter is still subject to findtuning and final action by Congress acting as a constituent assembly before submission to the people for ratification through plebiscite.

And so everybody should sit back read the draft document, and then analyze its contents and reflect on their impact to the nation.

Let us heed the call of a lady lawmaker and yield to the wisdom of her words:

In a statement Sen. Grace Poe said:

The people are caught in a tug-of-war between two extremes. One demanding that we approve it without thinking. The other to reject it outright.

I take the centrist view of giving the Concom's product the courtesy of a thorough study, subject it to intense debate, so that we can all make an informed choice.

A document as important as the basic law should be rigorously studied, and not railroaded. I will block any Cha-cha express, especially one driven by people with expiring terms and fuelled by selfish interest.

There is no palpable popular clamor for a new Constitution, and neither there is proof that a brand new one is the magical cure-all to the country's manifold problems.

As it stands now, the man on the street is perplexed on how Cha-cha can be the answer to the problems he grapples with daily, like the rising prices of food, poor infrastructure, the lack of jobs, pollution and a health system that can barely take care of the sick.

While we do not nurture malice or ill motives against the proponents of Charter change and shift to federalism, we welcome and support a vigorous national deliberation on the two issues.

This is true essence of democracy.