Last night, the House of Representatives passed an arguably unconstitutional resolution convening itself into a constituent assembly. This was without the benefit of a concurrent resolution of the Senate and in face of vehement objections from both the House minority and the public. Reportedly, it did it as a result of a direct order from GMA herself.
What does the act signifies? First, it represents a new level of desperation of the Arroyo family. It failed to get a strong and definitive commitment from Vice-President Noli de Castro to run as the presidential standard-bearer of its family-owned Lakas-Kampi-CMD “merged” party. This implies that no commitment yet has been given for political protection in the post-GMA period.
Second, it also underlines the uncertainty of the family on the success of their other schemes to influence the 2010 elections. Certainly, a Con-Ass scenario will preclude the holding of the 2010 presidential elections. Almost certainly, a parliamentary shift is the agenda of this particular initiative.
Third, the looming 2010 elections without a ruling coalition candidate will lead to disintegration. If the family waited too long, they will not have the clout anymore to influence political events.
Time allows no luxury of waiting for more favorable moments or factors. Strike now, may be pay later–and the family did it last night. However, it is shaping up to a situation of Strike Now, Pay Now. GMA crossed the line. Will the people let it?