Gonzales: Cha-Cha unlikely under PNoy

Posted at 01/21/14 8:28 PM

MANILA - House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said Tuesday that Charter Change might not happen during the Aquino administration.

This is despite House Speaker Sonny Belmonte's earlier pronouncement that amending the 1987 Constitution's economic provisions will be a priority in Congress.

"Personally, if you're going to ask me, wala na iyun, while I still find laudable the intent to amend the economic provisions of the Constitution. Ang hope sana namin, during the early part of the Aquino presidency para walang politics. My submission is habang lumalapit sa midterm and after midterm, it becomes difficult," Gonzales said.

He said Aquino has been adamantly against amending the 1987 Constitution, which was drafted during the term of former President Corazon Aquino.

Gonzales also noted that a reversal of Aquino's stance now will be open to suspicion that he wants to extend his term which will end in 2016.

"Sasabihin, bakit biglang nagpalit? The problem with any attempt to amend the Constitution is scare tactics, na palagi tinatakot na kunyari lang camouflage yung pagpapalit ng political framework. Pahirap nang pahirap yan. Any change may be a source of intrigues, may panibagong gimmick," he added.

Belmonte's House Joint Resolution 1 seeks to amend the economic provisions of the 1987 constitution through legislation.

Presidents Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo all saw attempts to amend the Constitution during their terms.

Ramos and Arroyo were accused of wanting to overstay in office.