CGMA’s Cha-cha proposal will not push through –- Bongbong Marcos

July 8, 2010 11:07 pm 

MANILA, July 8 –- Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said on Thursday the Charter change being initiated by former President and now Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will not push through.

”I don’t think it will pass. The large part of the reason why I think that way is because the former president is the one who filed it, and again reminding people of that old association that Charter change actually means return to power or extension of the term of the president,” Marcos said in a media forum in the Senate.

Marcos admitted, however, that it is now high time to start debates on the constitutional change.

”We need Charter change now because there are many problems, like for example some agencies and other parts of bureaucracies are having hard time because of the structure of the government they work in. So why wait?” Marcos said.

”The problem is here, let’s solve it as quickly as possible so that when the government runs better, the Constitution will be more relevant and more appropriate to the times. That (1987 Constitution) was written 23 years ago, there are a lot of changes. I cannot see why we should wait,” he added.

Marcos noted the need to find a better way of changing the Constitution, which was last revised during the time of the late former President Corazon Aquino, mother of incumbent President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III.

”Perhaps we can find a better way of doing it. Maybe we can change some of the rules,” he said. (PNA) scs/jfm

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