Malacanang welcomes rally against Charter Change – Bello

June 9, 2009 12:05 pm 

MANILA, June 9 — Malacanang today welcomed the planned rally against Charter Change to hear and consider all viewpoints after the passage of Resolution 1109 which empowered Congress to convene itself into a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) to amend the 1987 Constitution.

In a media briefing this afternoon in Malacanang, Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III said it is the constitutional right of all to peaceably assemble and air their grievances against Con-Ass.

Bello said the opposition is free to conduct their rally as long as they do it “peacefully and not at the expense of the general welfare.”

Bello reiterated that the convening of the Con-Ass is an independent act of Congress the purpose of which needs to be explained to the people.

“Con-Ass is an act of Congress. And as a co-equal body, we (Malacanang) give respect to the decision of Congress. When Congress came up with Resolution 1109, I am sure they had reasons in passing this resolution. And I am also sure that Congress can explain this to the people,” Bello said.

Bello said Malacanang’s position is very clear with Presidential Political Adviser Gabriel Claudio stating there is no more time to conduct Con-Ass at the moment.

But Bello said Congress is an independent and co-equal branch of government which cannot be dictated upon by Malacanang.

“They make their own decisions. And whatever they feel will be good for the country, they are free to do so,” Bello said. (PNA)

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