Belmonte to go slow on Charter change

Posted at 07/10/13 11:08 PM

MANILA - Quezon City Rep. Sonny Belmonte said he will feel his way around President Aquino and the senators when it comes to charter change.

In an ambush interview before he went into a closed-door dinner with neophyte congressmen, Belmonte said he will soon be meeting with the executive in a Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council meeting to thresh out the legislative priorities of the administration.

He said he will defer to the priority bills of the president.

Belmonte reiterated his proposal for charter change does not mean an automatic change in the Constitution's economic provisions, but merely "unshackles" the government from pursuing amendments should contingencies arise.

Belmonte said he merely wants to put the phrase "unless optherwise provided by law" to allow government to come up with amendments by legislation.

He acknowledged his proposal will go farther if the President will back it.

Belmonte hopes his charter change initiative won't cost him the speakership.

Aside from charter change, Belmonte also filed an anti-trust bill to promote competition among businesses.