VP Binay says good of PH not in changing Constitution

January 12, 2011 12:52 pm 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Jan. 11 — Reiterating that the good of the nation is in the enforcement of laws and not on charter change, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Tuesday said he remains opposed to the so-called Cha-Cha, in the wake of renewed moves in the Philippine Congress to amend the Constitution.

Binay contradicted the position of charter change or Cha-Cha proponents who cited concerns of investors about the current Constitution not being investor-friendly.

"I do not believe in charter change. The problem is not in the Constitution. It’s a problem of enforcement,” Binay said.

But if charter change is inevitable, Binay said, he prefers amendments to the so-called “Cory Constitution” via a Constitutional Commission rather than by a Constituent Assembly because the former will ensure that the views of all sectors are aired, Binay said.

"I would prefer a Con-Com which was what happened during the time of former President Cory. All sectors were represented and were given the opportunity to give their inputs. And you can make sure that those who are named to the Con-Com are experts in their own field and can contribute to the debates," he said.

Binay further said that Cha-Cha need not be resorted to since “the Aquino administration is committed to resolving investor concerns by reducing red tape, ensuring policy stability and consistency, and resolving peace and order.

"Even if we have stringent requirements, investors will come if we can assure them a return on their investments. If, for example, we have a problem with peace and order, investors will shy away," he said. (PNA)



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