Diary of Augusto Caesar Espiritu

Wednesday, November 15, 1972

The session hall was like a market. The revised draft of the new Constitution prepared by the Steering Council was being distributed to the delegates.

The Steering Council took over the sponsorship of its own draft Constitution. The Sponsorship Council was completely ignored.

Charlie Ledesma gave what I thought was a candid speech: “Only the starry-eyed or the most idealistic could hope for an ideal Constitution because a Constitution, by its very nature, is always subject to political and partisan considerations.”

Charlie quite impliedly admitted that this Constitution was written under much political pressure, but it nevertheless met many of the needs of the country, including what he had campaigned for as a candidate, namely, the socialization of property.

The next speaker was Arturo Pacificador who, apparently, represented the chairman of the panel of floor leaders.

I did not listen. I was furious. What about Munding Cea? Is he not the chairman? Why Pacificador?

I was already late for my German class. Pacificador started to rumble, so I left in disgust.

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