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No time to push charter change, says Velasco

Michelle R. Guillang

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Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said Tuesday he wanted to pursue moves to amend the Constitution but this is impossible at this time when Congress is focused on how the country would deal with the global health pandemic.

“To be honest, I would want to push for Cha-Cha. But I think there is really no time for that especially that we’re focusing all of our responses on COVID,” Velasco said during an interview with the Daily Tribune’s digital show Straight Talk.

He underscored, though the need to amend the Constitution, particularly on provisions that involve the elected officials’ term of office.

“At the end of the day I really feel that we have to review, amend our charter. Kagaya po dito sa ating mga public officials, when we talk about term changes, to be honest, kinakailangan po natin,” Velasco said.

However, the Speaker added, he would leave the final decision to the president, whose campaign promises in the 2016 elections include the shift of the government to a federal form.

“Ako po ay makikipag-usap sa ating mahal na Pangulo, kung sinabi po niya ay kinakailangan po nating gawin, ay gagawin po natin. But ako po personally, I feel na kailangan magfo-focus muna tayo sa mga COVID-19 responses,” he said.

The House leader said the three year-term for government officials is too short and that it should be prolonged.

Instead of paying attention to their official tasks at hand, Velasco observed that they tend to focus on how to win again in the next election.

“We need to give them more for a couple of years,” he suggested.

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