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Cha-cha pushed in Senate; hearings next month By Angie M. Rosales 01/18/2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cha-cha pushed in Senate; hearings next month

By Angie M. Rosales 01/18/2011

Despite the odds, with President Aquino and the Senate leadership thumbing down discussions on Charter change (Cha-cha) at this time, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has set the ball rolling on the matter Cha-cha on the Senate, insisting on the need the determine the public pulse and the necessity, if there is indeed any, of amending the 24-year-old Constitution.

Santiago announced this move yesterday, the first day of the resumption of Congress’ regular sessions after the Christmas break.

Santiago, chairman of the committee on constitutional amendments, revision of codes and laws, emphasized that there is nothing to prevent her, whether in the existing laws or the Rules of the Senate from conducting public hearings on Cha-cha even if the Senate leadership already declared that a change in the Constitution is not among the upper chamber’s priority agenda, although Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile is for Cha-cha and believes the 1987 Charter must be changed.

Santiago dismissed opposition to Chacha aired by Aquino saying that “although he already said it is not one of the priorities of his administration, we must remember that he belongs to the Executive branch. His statements do not tie the legislative branch and the legislative branch always constitutes the majority of the senators and majority of the congressmen. So we will not know unless we have heard from the public. That’s precisely the nature of public hearings, to allow all stakeholders to give their piece on the matter,” she told reporters in a press conference..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110118hed1.html

1 comment

Anonymous said...

Now or never.

Let the debates begin.

This should be fun.

Embrace communism. Its a bitter pill, because it really cures.

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