SOLONS PREDICT DEATH OF POLITICAL CHA-CHA
October 1, 2014Written by Ryan Ponce PacpacoPublished in Top Stories
Solons predict death of political Cha-cha
HOUSE leaders yesterday predicted the death of political Charter change (Cha-cha) in the House of Representatives to allow President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to run for another term in 2016 due to time constraint and uncertain support of majority of their colleagues.
House independent bloc leader and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. said there is no time to push political Cha-cha especially elections draw near and the filing of certificate of candidacy (CoC) begins on October next year.
Romualdez said proponents of political Cha-cha should stop its final push because this is self-serving to the President.
“They (proponents) must surrender because this is unpopular and too late in the day,” said Romualdez.
For his part, Belmonte said the House of Representatives is very busy on the passage of the proposed national budget for 2015, the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the emergency powers for President Aquino to address the power shortage during the summer months of 2015.
“(It won’t pass) due to time constraint and the numbers are uncertain,” said Belmonte.
Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, a vice chairman of the House committee on appropriations and a stalwart of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), expressed belief that political Cha-cha was resurrected by the full-page newspaper ad published Tuesday urging President Aquino to run for another term in 2016.