1987 Constitution reflects ‘collective dream’ of Filipinos for better life — VP Leni

Published February 3, 2018, 3:01 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Raymund Antonio

While the 1987 Constitution protects the Filipino’s freedom and rights, it also reflects their “collective dream” for a better life.

Vice President Leni Robredo  (Credits: FEDERICO CRUZ | Manila Bulletin)
Vice President Leni Robredo
(Credits: FEDERICO CRUZ | Manila Bulletin)

“More than defending our own freedom and rights, the Constitution relives the desire for every Filipino to have a comfortable life,” Robredo said in the vernacular.

Robredo, a lawyer and former congresswoman, delivered the message to commemorate Constitution Day yesterday. Former president Corazon Aquino issued Proclamation No. 211 that commemorates the February 2 ratification of the 1987 Constitution.

“Nakapaloob dito ang ating kolektibong pangarap – na bumuo ng isang lipunan kung saan ang yaman at kapangyarihan ng ating bansa ay para sa ikabubuti ng lahat. Isang bayan kung saan ang bawat Pilipino ay may pagkakataong mamuhay nang makabuluhan at matiwasay, anuman ang kanyang kasarian, estado sa buhay, o opinyong pulitikal (Embodied in the Constitution is our collective dream which is to form a society where wealth and power is for the betterment of everyone. A nation where every Filipino has the opportunity to lead a meaningful and peaceful life, whatever his gender, social status, or political opinion), Robredo said.

The Vice President recalled that the 1987 Constitution was ratified to protect Filipinos’ freedom and rights that were “suppressed during martial law.”

“This also ensures that we will not be silenced, abused, or taken advantage of those in power again,” she added.

“After 31 years, our country rose again to uphold the 1987 Constitution. We just ousted a dictator then, and it was everyone’s goal to protect our regained freedom,” she said.  But despite the years after martial law, Robredo noted the remaining challenges to people’s rights and freedom.

“But are these reasons enough for us to turn away from our dreams? Aren’t these supposed to serve as a challenge to ourselves and to our leaders, for us to work harder, to unite, and to believe that we can have a society that is just, progressive, and humane?” Robredo asked the audience.

“This is probably one of our most challenging dreams. But I believe that if we continue to be determined and not lose hope— we can achieve everything,” she concluded.