Ex-SC chief Puno: Ngayon ang panahon para sa Cha-cha

SINUPORTAHAN ni dating Supreme Court chief justice Reynato Puno ang pagsusulong ng Charter change (Cha-cha).

Ani Puno, ngayon ang “perfect time” na baguhin ang 1987 Constitution dahil di mag-iisip ang publiko na ang motibo sa pagtutulak ng Cha-cha ay para sa interes ng punong ehekutibo.

“You cannot charge the President with any ill motive. The President is enjoying a very high trust rating, and he himself has seen some of these difficulties in his first six months in office,” ani Puno sa panayam niya sa mga mamamahayag nitong Martes.

“I’d like to think that we can address these difficulties by amending some of the provisions in the Constitution,” dagdag niya.

Ang pahayag ni Puno ay kasunod ng pahayag ni Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone na nagsabing napapanahon ang pagsusulong sa Cha-cha dahil nangako si Aquino na di siya tatakbo sa anumang posisyon matapos niyang bumaba sa puwesto.

Ani Puno, ang ilang mga dapat baguhin sa Konstitusyon ay ang mga probisyong may kinalaman sa presidential at representative system of government.

“More than 100 years after exercising our right to suffrage, our elections are still not free, fair and honest… They are not issue-oriented and they more of a popularity contest where an unenlightened electorate usually trumps the enlightened,” ayon kay Puno.

Aniya pa, ang Lehislatura ng bansa ay “domain of elites and dynasties.”

Ngunit di prayoridad ng Aquino administration ang Cha-cha.

“At this point, nobody has ever presented an argument that would make Cha-cha urgent so much so that it would place the country at risk if the Constitution at the present time is not changed. So it’s not a priority,” ani deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte nitong Lunes.

Gayundin ang pananaw ni Vice President Jejomar Binay.

“I do not believe in Charter change. The problem is not in the Constitution. It’s a problem of enforcement,” ani Binay nitong Martes.

Aniya ang ang hamon na madagdagan ang mamumuhunan sa bansa ay maaring masolusyunan sa pamamgitan ng “reducing red tape, ensuring policy stability, and consistency, and resolving peace and order concerns.”

“Even if we have stringent requirements, investors will come if we can assure them a return on their investments. If, for example, we have a problem with peace and order, investors will shy away,” aniya.

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