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Right and wrong of Cha-cha Written by Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Friday, August 3, 2012

Right and wrong of Cha-cha


Congress leaders say that all they are interested in, by way of Charter change (Cha-cha) is an amendment to the economic provisions in the Constitution, evidently, through the claimed Joaquin Bernas’ Fourth Mode, whose constitutionality is questionable, since there are only two constitutionally approved modes to amend the Charter by Congress, while a third but limited mode of amending he Charter is through a people’s initiative.

Congressional leaders have vowed to block any and all moves to amend political provisions, which include the lifting of term limits.

But even as they vow to block such provisions, the same leaders must also know that they can’t possibly block any congressman or senator from coming up with his own Cha-cha bill that calls for amendments to the political provisos, and other provisions besides. Each senator, after all, is a republic unto himself. To block others could translate to losing that vote and three fourths vote is needed to pass such a measure..... MORE

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