Friday, February 21, 2014
Charter Change or Cha-Cha Not in PNoy's Radar
Charter Change or Cha-Cha remains the farthest thing in the mind of Pres. Aquino. This was stressed by PCO Sec. Coloma Jr. as he rejected allegations that the president is behind congressional moves to amend the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution. PNoy's position is clear and firm. Charter Change isn't needed and not priority, Coloma said. The allegation has no basis, he said reacting to reports that PNoy has given his consent to the Charter Change drive in Congress. At the House of Representatives Cha-Cha advocates said PNoy will not deceive the people and will not in any way engage in double talk to push for economic amendments in the 1987 Constitution. Former Sen. Tatad readily agreed with the House opposition solon, describing the Charter Change bid as a long con game which is an underworld term used to describe a swindle carried out in a protracted and painstaking manner but with enormous rewards. Reward, Tatad said, could be the lifting of the term limitations for the sitting president which at least 2 previous government administration attempted to carryout but were total failures. Colmenares voiced his suspicions as House Speaker Belmonte Jr. an ally of the President continued to push for amendments to ease restrictions on foreign ownership of land and business supposedly to fuel economic growth. Belmonte branded as "Utterly Unfair" Colmenares allegations. But Ex-Sen. Tatad finds it incredulous that Belmonte a key ally of the PNoy Administration would go against the wishes of the president who continues to reject the attempt to amend the Charter that was framed and ratified during the term of his mother.
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