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Congress leaders still keen on Cha-cha Written by Gerry Baldo Saturday, 07 July 2012 00:00

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Congress leaders still keen on Cha-cha

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte are set to meet this weekend to thresh out how they can push through with amending the economic provisions of the Constitution even if President  Aquino shows no interest in the issue.

Belmonte said his meeting with Enrile is aimed at expediting Charter change (Cha-cha) given the short period left in the Third Regular Session of Congress which starts on July 23.

“I am going to meet the Senate President this weekend to once and for all settle the issue of amending some economic provisions of the Constitution to further push the country’s bullish economy,” Belmonte told House reporters yesterday.

“Charter change is not yet dead,” he stressed, referring to several proposals that have been pending at the House committee on constitutional amendments for months.

The House leader, however, said the proposal will not take off unless the President supports the move.
“If the President will get on board on this initiative, we have better chances,” Belmonte admitted.
“Theoretically, efforts to amend the Constitution belong to Congress, but we need all his (President Aquino) blessings to make the initiative successful because at the end of the day, he will make the final judgment after Congress passes the amendments and agreed upon by the people through the plebiscite,” he said..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/headlines/item/1197-congress-leaders-still-keen-on-cha-cha

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