• Palace-allied lawmakers to pursue Charter change


    Malacañang on Friday said it will not stop lawmakers from pursuing for amendments to the Constitution.

    In a press conference, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said that all lawmakers have a mind of their own, and the Executive sees no problem with them going into Charter change (cha-cha).

    ”Malaya naman po iyong ating mga mambabatas na itulak po ang kahit anong inisyatibo na gusto po nila or iyong mga advocacies po nila [Our lawmakers are free to push for whatever initiative they want or whatever advocacies they may have],” Valte said.

    Rep. Feliciano Belmonte Jr. of Quezon City, who is expected to retain the position of Speaker in the 16th Congress, earlier filed a concurrent resolution “proposing amendments to certain economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.”

    Valte, however, said that there is no indication that the President is changing his position on cha-cha.

    The Palace official refused to disclose the steps that it will take if its congressional allies continue to insist its position on Charter amendments.

    ”Wala pa naman po tayo doon ganoong sa stage—apart from the resolution that was filed something concrete that would show na it’s moving [We are not yet at that stage—apart from the resolution that was filed – where something concrete would show that those efforts are moving],” she said.

    ”Siguro po we’ll answer that question when we actually face that situation [Perhaps we’ll answer that question when we actually face that situation],” Valte added.

    Catherine S. Valente


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