House minority vows to question Cha-Cha process

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014


THE minority bloc in the House of Representatives on Wednesday vowed to question every move of the administration lawmakers once the proposed amendments on the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution reaches the plenary debate.

House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora said that it is not easy to get the much needed three-fourth votes because some members of the majority had already said their piece that they support Constitutional Convention and not anything else.

"Matagal na namin sinasabi and we say it in public there are many question that were going to ask about this particular constitutional amendments matagal na namin sinasabi kung gusto nyo magkaroon ng more foreign investments this is not way to do this," Zamora said.

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He said that land ownership is the main problem in the country why investors are having a second thought to invest.

Zamora, a representative of San Juan City, said that amending constitutional provisions without public consultations could be dangerous.

"Ang sinasabi namin dapat na magkaroon ng discussion. This is the way we want to amend the Constitution. This is the way we want to change the Constitution," he said.

The lawmaker said the participation of the public is badly needed to get their views on the proposed Charter Change (Cha-Cha) as they suggested giving way to the Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) and not to any other form in changing the 1987 Constitution.

"Tatanungin ko bakit sa ganito process bakit hindi sa isang Con-Con. Mali ang approach if you want constitutional amendments then do it right, which means do it in public, do it in a transparent way, do it through constitutional amendment," the veteran legislator said.

The House committee on Constitutional Amendments chaired by Davao City Representative Mylene Garcia-Albano on Monday approved Resolution of Both Houses No. 1 authored by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. Plenary debates is expected to start once Congress resumes on May 5 after the Lenten break. The Congress will go on recess this coming March 15.

Aside from the minority bloc, which has a solid stand against the process of changing the present constitution, some members of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) who is considered the second largest political group in the House of Representatives said that they might cross party lines in this issue as they could be the swing vote in the proposed Charter Change. (Sunnex)

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