• Malacanang shoots down new bid to push Charter change

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    Malacanang has again rebuffed fresh attempts to push Charter change (Cha-cha) in the 16th Congress.
    On Tuesday, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. filed a resolution seeking to amend the 1987 Constitution.
    But Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said on Wednesday there is no indication that President Benigno Aquino 3rd is changing his position against Charter change.
    “Perhaps it’s the question that I keep coming back to that needs to be answered,” Valte said. “Some people on social media have been asking me about this in particular and what I keep saying is that it’s not that it should not be done.”
    “It’s perhaps the timing as well as given the process of constitutional amendments, given the process that you need to undertake,” she said.

    Belmonte said he would discuss with the President his proposal to amend the Constitution, particularly its economic provisions.
    Valte, however, said she doesn’t know if the President and Belmonte have already discussed the issue in recent weeks.
    She also said there seems no indication that Belmonte’s bid to amend the Constitution will obstruct the passage of Aquino’s priority bills in the 16th Congress.
    CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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