Solons support congressional debates on cha-cha

House members today expressed support for a legislative discussion of proposals to amend the 1987 Constitution.

House Deputy Speaker Ma. Isabelle Climaco said charter change has been an issue of discussion and any debate or discussion on it in the House
will be part of the legislative process.

“Debates are part of the legislative process. We will also await the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) outputs,”
said Climaco.

Climaco said the congressional debate on chacha will have to be referred first to the appropriate committee which is the House
Committee on Constitutional Amendments. “Let them handle the discussions in the committee. Outputs are essential.”

Rep. Simeon Datumanong (2nd District, Maguindanao) said he supports move to amend the Constitution specially the economic provisions and
for political reform to give representations in the Senate.

Reacting to the Palace statement that there are more pressing issues than chacha at this time, Datumanong urged the administration to
consider the long-term benefits of charter amendment.

“We hope the administration will consider the long range of need of the country instead of just the present situation,” said Datumanong. ,
a co-author of House Joint Resolution 0003 which calls for a constitutional convention to propose amendments to, or revision of,
the 1987 Constitution. The measure was referred to the Committee on Constitutional Amendments last July 27, 2010.

Rep. Pedro Romualdo (Lone District, Camiguin), chairman of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments in the 10th and 11th
Congresses, expressed hope that chacha would be given a chance this time.

“All our initiatives will be useless again, unless the President shows political will to support chacha. It’s really up to him. It’s quite
disappointing that chacha was not given a chance despite its numerous benefits and after so many public hearings conducted on it. We hope
chacha will be given a chance this time,” Romualdo said.

Romualdo also said that it will be the same businessmen who will control the country’s economy unless the restrictive economic
provisions in the Constitution are amended now. D’Jay Lazaro

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