• House panel approves ChaCha for plenary debates

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    The Charter Change train has significantly moved in the House of Representatives on Monday with the House panel approving Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.’s House Resolution 1 which lifts the Constitutional limit on foreign ownership of certain utilities.

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    Voting 24 to 2 with one abstention, the House Committee on Constitutional amendments tossed Belmonte’s Resolution for plenary debates which marked the second time in Congress’ history that a proposal to amend the Constitution hurdled the Committee level.

    Belmonte’s proposal removes restrictions on participation of foreigners in the country’s economy such as: a 40 percent limit on foreign ownership of public utilities, media entities, land and exploration of natural resources and 30 percent limit for advertising firms, and other business ventures by adding the phrase unless otherwise provided for by law.

    Reps. Elpidio Barzaga of Dasmariñas and Rodel Batocabe of Ako Bicol party-list noted that the measure will grant Congress the needed flexibility to draft laws in tune with the economic situation of the country, stressing that the economic policies cannot be stagnant.

    “Now, it is 60-40. We can make it 40-60 [in the future]in favor of foreigners to encourage more investors, or even 70-30 at that [in favor of foreigners]. But if there comes a time when we already have enough foreign investments coming in, we can make it again 70-30, in favor of Filipinos. When that happens, those foreigners who acquired investments under the old rule won’t lose it,” Barzaga said.

    “Our economic policies cannot be cast in stone. We must be able to adopt to changing realities and this measure gives Congress that flexibility,” Batocabe, who has been deputized by Speaker Belmonte in the Committee hearing, added.

    Rep. Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna party-list opposed the measure by citing that consultations should be held in the districts first to ensure that Belmonte’s proposal is reflective of the sentiments of the people.

    Colmenares underscored that with Charter Change not prospering for the last two decades, the lawmakers can’t be so sure that the sentiments of the people have changed this time.

    “Why not conduct consultations first? The authors are saying that the amendments to the Constitution will be subject to a plebiscite anyway. Do we have that much resource that we’d rather leave it up to plebiscite? What if it turns out that the people don’t like it? We already spent a great deal of resources for nothing,” Colmenares, a lawyer, argued.

    Barzaga, however, countered that Belmonte’s move is different from the unsuccessful Charter Change moves in the past because the amendments are limited to economic provisions and a strong majority coalition.

    “Now, we are only talking of economic provisions and at the same time, the opposition is not of the same magnitude as in the past during the administration of President Gloria Arroyo,” Barzaga added. LLANESCA T. PANTI

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    1. I just wish that Belmonte and the rest of the peoples reprsenta%$#*@^&’s will address the passage of FOI Bill and the Rules and regulations for the Anti-dynasty Bill instead. Will the Filipino people please stand up and wake up and think why have all the President’s from the time of Pres. Ramos to BSAquino the 3rd. wants to amend the constitution except Pres Erap who didn’t have the chance to do so. Why? In today’s house leadership, is it because of what Bobi T. has written in his column about Salim? MVP? If these people can contribute 5B to the campaign kitty of a certain candidate as what Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia wrote in her column, then Mar should already do something about it since he knows that they are not supporting him.

      And if BSAquino the 3rd is really up to keeping with his promises to Mar then he should also do something about these. Maybe file a case with the SEC with regard to these transactions that they got into?

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      …..sabi ni Mr. Barzaga, however, countered that Belmonte’s move is different from the unsuccessful Charter Change moves in the past because the amendments are limited to economic provisions and a strong majority coalition.
      >>>Mr. Barzaga, para kayong timang na batang isip. kailan ba kayo naging congressman at ilan ba at sinu-sino ba ang mga nag-oppose noon sa “proposed Cha-cha”, karaman sa kanila ay ngayon nasa ruling coalition o party ng admin ni Nguyngoy. Dahil din karamihan sa kanila ay may mga negosyo na makikinabang. PERO SA TOTOO LANG WALA RIN PAKINABANG ANG MGA ORDINARYONG MAMAMAYANG PILIPINO, DAHIL KAHIT KAILAN ANG MGA MAMAMAYAN AY MANAN ATILING TAGA BOTO LAMANG NG MGA KATULAD NINYO MGA UNGAS. NAGSASAYANG LAMANG KAYO NG PANAHON AT PERA NG BAYAN.

      >>>ANG DAPAT UNANG PINAG-UUKULAN NINYO AY ANG ALISIN AT HUWAG NG PAIRALIN ANG MGA LUMANG BATAS TULAD NG MGA …Pres. Decrees at Batasan Act…. na panahon pa ni Marcos at Cory Aquino.
      >>>DAPAT DIN PAG-UKULAN AT ILANTAD NINYO ANG MGA SARILI AT AMININ KUNG SINU-SINO ANG TUMANGGAP NG PERA MULA SA “DAP” NG MALAKANYANG.
      >>>HUWAG NA NINYONG GAGUHIN ANG TAONG BAYAN, INUNGKAT NA NAMAN NINYO ANG “CHA-CHA” PARA MATABUNAN AT MAILAYO ANG PANSIN NG TAONG BAYAN SA SCAM NG “PORK BARREL” O PDAF AT DAP.
      >>>MAGKAISA KAYO NA IPALABAS NI MR. BELMONTE ANG LISTAHAN NG MGA CONGRESSMAN NA TULAD NINYO NA MGA TUMANGGAP NG PERA MULA SA “DAP” NA HANGGANG NGAYON PURO KAYO “MGA PALUSOT, PIPI AT BINGI AT PATAY MALISYA KAYO NG HINAYUPAK. TULAD NI CONGRESSMAN “PALUSOT” FARINAS….WALA KA RIN KIBO. BAKIT GUILTY KA ANO? NOON ANG YAYABANG NINYO SA IMPEACHMENT NI CORONA. SINU-SINO NGAYON ANG NAG”PAPALUSOT” ??? BINUHAY MULI NINYO “CHA-CHA” PARA MALISYA SA ISYO NG “DAP SCAM” ????
      >>>DAPAT SA INYO RATRATIN NG MGA TAONG “M.I.M.” (MAN IN MOTORBIKE). !!!
      >>>ANG KAKAPAL NG MUKHA NINYO !!! MAHIGIT 200 NA CONGRESSMAN KAYO , TAPOS 24 BUMOTO AT 2 LANG SALUNGAT. DAHIL SA 26 NA CONGRESSMAN NAILIGAW AT NABUHAY NA NAMAN NINYO ANG ISSUE “CHA-CHA”.