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Aquino still not keen on charter change

/ 02:03 PM February 07, 2014

President Benigno Aquino III. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Manila, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III is still not sold on the idea of amending the Philippine Constitution.

“Sana mapakita ang dahilan kung bakit kailangan nating palitan ito,” he said during an ambush interview after the change of command ceremony at Fort Bonifacio.

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(I hope they are able to show why the constitution should be amended.)

The President said amending the constitution, which is the “bedrock” of all other laws, will most likely result in short-term “disruption.”

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“Sulit ba yung disruption na iyan sa anticipated benefits?” he asked.

(Are the disruptions worth the anticipated benefits?)

Aquino said he was still not convinced that amending the constitution is necessary to improve the country’s economy.

He even made an example of China, which did not allow private ownership of land but managed to reach high levels of growth.

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