House not giving up on ‘cha-cha’

Members of the House of Representatives will do everything to sway the Senate and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to do the cha-cha or charter change.

Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chair of the House constitutional amendments panel, told Daily Tribune they are talking with senators to push amendments to the Constitution’s economic provisions.

They would also appeal to the President to reconsider his position that there’s no need to revise the Constitution at present because there are enough laws to entice foreign investments to come in, Rodriguez said.

Rodiguez issued the statement after Senate President Migz Zubiri stated his unchanging stance against cha-cha, as well as the need to get first the President’s backing.

Zubiri said without Mr. Marcos’ support, it would be tough to proceed to amend the 1987 Constitution that supplanted the 1973 charter.

Other senators have expressed reservations about tinkering with the Constitution through the constitutional convention route which was approved by the House last week by voting, 301-6, in favor of the Resolution of Both Houses 6.

Zubiri said amending the Constitution is both time-consuming and costly. He added cha-cha would require three-fourths or 18 votes in the Senate, with half of the chamber’s membership opposed to it.

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