CBCP president open to Charter change

Posted at 07/20/12 10:57 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines is open to amending the 1987 Constitution but only if it is done for the good of the country, a report on the CBCP News website said.

"If there are really laws that need amendment, then we are open to Cha-Cha,” Archbishop Jose Palma told Manila archdiocese-run Radyo Veritas.

“In principle, if it will serve the good of the people… On a personal note, we are open to that,” added the Cebu archbishop.

He also noted that the expenses that the country might incur in the effort to change the Charter should be considered.

Meanwhile, Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso said Charter change should only be confined to economic policies as proposed by lawmakers like Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.

“Well, I am with Senator Enrile that our Constitution really needs amendment. Our economic policy really needs to be friendly (to foreign investors)," he said.

“We should create policies that offer incentive and protection to foreign businessmen so that we can attract more investors to put business in the country,” he added.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Speaker Sonny Belmonte have been pushing for Charter change since July last year, with the proposed amendments to be limited to economic provisions.