Why Belmonte remains bullish on charter change

Posted at 02/06/2014 12:35 AM

MANILA -- House Speaker Sonny Belmonte on Wednesday indicated that there are moves to fast-track amendments to the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.

Belmonte said other proponents for charter change have withdrawn their measures in favor of his resolution, which seeks to add the phrase “unless otherwise provided by law” to the economic provisions of the charter.

Belmonte says this is doable. “I believe it has a good chance of being passed during the current session,” he said.

Meantime, he revealed that the President will soon call a meeting of the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) to craft the legislative agenda of the 16th Congress.

“There is no date yet. I have been assured by the Office of the President, but in the meantime the Senate and House will meet shortly to try to see if we can submit a unified program when we meet in Ledac and simplify the whole process,” he said.

Belmonte last week revealed he will meet with his counterpart in the Senate ahead of the Ledac, noting a lot of proposed bills pending in both houses.

Meantime, the House leader said a planned congressional investigation on the Judiciary Development Fund is still in the offing.

Justice Committee chairman Niel Tupas earlier said they will start the probe this month.

Belmonte, however, said he told Tupas they still have to discuss the matter.