Efforts to amend the 1987 Philippine Constitution in the 16th Congress will put vital bills in the back burner, administration lawmakers said Tuesday.
Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat of Ifugao and Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino 4th made the warning on the day that Quezon City Rep. Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. of Quezon City filed House Resolution No. 1 which would amend the economic provisions of the Philippine Charter.
“If this Cha-Cha pushes through, this would be like an impeachment [process]. All the important bills will be grounded. We will all be working on Cha-Cha. The FOI, Anti-Discrimination Bill and the Mining bill, they will all be forgotten,” Baguilat pointed out in an interview at the sidelines of the Kaya Natin group event in San Juan.
Senator Aquino, the cousin of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, backed fellow Liberal Party legislator Baguilat, saying that measures that would make the rural communities reap the benefits of high economic growth should be prioritized over Cha-Cha.
“It is hard to haphazardly resort to Cha-Cha when there are sectors which are yet to enjoy prosperity as a result of our high economic growth. We need to pass the bills that would help these communities first before talking of Cha-Cha. Changing the ownership provision may lead to economic gains, but it is not a sure thing,” Aquino added.