November ___, 2008
Representative, ____ District, ________
House of Representatives
Quezon City Dear
Today, together with ____ other intervenors, I have
filed an intervention to add the Memorandum of Agreement concerning the
proposed Bangsamoro Juridical Entity to the impeachment charges being
considered by the House. Our intervention is based on the following
1. That the House of Representatives, in deliberating
upon the charges against the President of the Philippines, should
strive to put together as strongand comprehensive a case as possible,
in order to properly and thoroughly address all the issues that demand
accountability from the chief executive.
2. That the citizenry is obligated to do its part to help fortify the case against the President of the Philippines.
We are of the opinion, and submit for your consideration and endorsement, that:
1. The President of the Philippines must be held
accountable for violating her oath of office in authorizing and
supporting an agreement that has been proven to be contrary to the
Constitution. Any President is duty-bound to operate within the
parameters established by the Constitution, and when a President
deliberately disregards our Constitution’s provisions, there must be an
accounting made to the citizenry.
2. The President must therefore be held accountable for
what the Supreme Court has ruled to be an agreement that violated our
3. That furthermore, the President must be held
accountable for setting back the peace process; and for placing
ordinary citizens, Muslim and Christian alike, in Mindanao, in peril
because of the recklessness and faithlessness, with which she conducted
the negotiations for the agreement. She has done grevious harm to the
prosperity and tranquility of Mindanao and the entire country and her
doing so is a violation of public trust and her Constitutional
She betrayed the public, and all the parties that
participated in the peace process in good faith and with a historic
resolution of ancient grievances in mind. We believe that we have made
a strong case for including the BJE-MOA among the charges against the
We believe that this is a matter of such seriousness as
to require the House of Representatives providing the President with an
opportunity to explain herself to you, our representatives, and through
you, to an alarmed and outraged public.
We further believe that the President will find it
impossible to satisfactorily explain herself and that as a consequence,
the House will find it necessary to include our intervention among the
May I respectfully invite you, then, to endorse our
intervention, so that ample opportunity may be provided for the
President of the Philippines to air her side, and for the public to be
informed, through you, once and for all, about the circumstances
surrounding the agreement.
I am confident that you will respond to the overwhelming
clamor of the citizenry, throughout the country but particularly in
Mindanao, for public policy to be conducted in good faith, without
recklessness and imprudence, and with the true interests of the nation
at heart and not just partisan political convenience for the
May I also invite you, on behalf of myself and my
colleagues, Jarius Bondoc and William Esposo of the Philippine Star,
Ellen Tordesillas of Malaya, and Manuel Buencamino of The Business
Mirror, to state, for the record, your response to these two questions:
1. How do you intend to vote on the impeachment
complaint already filed before the House? Will you be present at the
committee level and plenary voting on these charges?
2. Are you in favor of including the BJE-MOA among the impeachment charges, and why or why not.
We trust you will give your answer to us by Wednesday so we can publish them.
And we further trust that you will find our intervention meritorious and worthy of your endorsement.
Manuel L. Quezon III