The Problem of Legislation in the Philippines
By Apolinario Villalobos
There is a move by Philippine Congress to amend a particular section of Constitution to accommodate the government ‘s effort in enticing foreign investors in the Philippines. The assurance of the Congress is that nothing else shall be touched, except the insertion of the “unless, otherwise, provided by law…”, which is self-explanatory. However, though, those four innocent and simply spelled words could mean a disaster if triggered by another simple word – abuse. A dangerous scenario is that of future legislators coming up with laws that will favor foreign investors in exchange for favors. Future lawmakers will no longer be interested in pork barrels which are theoritically scrapped, but in commissions from foreign investors favored by the law that they shall passed.
The Filipinos are already suffering from the effect of laws that altered the economic system of the country. Foremost of these are those that privatized the basic service providers and oil deregulation. The government seems helpless in undoing the policies that are glaringly damaging to the lot of Filipinos. Even without the proposed change in the Constitution, somehow , existing laws regarding investment in the country are already circumvented to favor some parties. Add to these the invasion of foreign miners, and, what do we get?