• Belmonte files bill on Cha-cha

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    DESPITE the President’s repeated declarations opposing Charter change, Quezon City Rep. Feliciano Belmonte Jr., who is expected to retain his post as Speaker, filed on Tuesday House Resolution No. 1 which seeks to amend economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.

    The measure, titled Proposing Amendments to Certain Economic Provisions of the 1987 Constitution, particularly targets Articles 2, 12 and 16 which involve the acquisition and ownership of private lands, the grant of congressional franchises, ownership and operation of public utilities including mass media and advertising as well as exploration, development and utilization of natural resources.

    Under Belmonte’s proposal, the amendments will be done if three-fourths of the members of the House and the Senate will vote for it. The House and the Senate will have to vote separately.

    “The proposed amendment will not tinker on the political nature of the Constitution. This will further propel economic growth,” Belmonte said.

    A similar bill was filed in the 15th Congress but it gathered dust in the House committee on constitutional amendments headed Rep. Loreto Ocampos of Misamis Occidental.

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