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No solid ground yet for Cha-cha at Senate–Pangilinan 

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 03:16 PM July 17, 2018
Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan INQUIRER file photo LP

Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan. INQUIRER file photo

The Senate has no  official stand yet on Charter change (Cha-cha) proposal.

Senator Francis “Kiko” Panglilinan made this clear  on Tuesday as the Senate committee on constitutional amendments, which he chairs,  resumed  its hearing on Cha-Cha.


“Ililiwanag ko lang po sa publiko at sa ating mga resource persons na sa ngayon wala pang promal na posisyon ang Senado sa usapin ng kailangan ba ng Charter change o hindi, kung napapanahon ba ito, kung pederalismo nga ba ang sagot sa mga problema ng ating bansa at kung Con-ass ba o Con-con ang mas mainam na paraan kung babaguhin nga ang Saligang Batas,”  Pangilinan said in his opening  statement.

(I just want to make it clear with the public and to our resource persons that at the moment the Senate has no formal position yet on the issue whether we need Charter change or not, if this is timely, if federalism is the answer to our country’s problems, and if Con-ass or Con-con is a better way to change the Constitution.)


Con-ass is  constituent assembly while Con-con Constitutional convention.

But to have deeper understanding of Cha-cha, the senator stressed the importance of conducting an open public hearing  to listen  to the pros and cons of the proposal.

Because in the end, Pangilinan said the people would be the final judge whether or not there is a need to amend the 1987 Constitution.

Pangilinan, thus, said that the committee’s hearing on Tuesday would focus on the following  issues:

  • Is there really a public clamor for Charter change? If so, where is the evidence?
  • Is federalism the only way to bring more development to the provinces?
  • Is term extension and no elections part of the agenda behind Charter change? Who will benefit from it the most?
  • What  would be the role  of the draft Constitution  prepared by the Consultative  Committee, which was transmitted to President Rodrigo Duterte and Congress. /jpv


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