House OKs proposed economic amendments to Charter

 June 1, 2021

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Tuesday night approved on third and final reading the proposal to amend the restrictive economic provisions in the 1987 Constitution.With 251 affirmative votes, 21 negative votes, and two abstentions, the chamber adopted Resolution of Both Houses No. 2,… Read More

House OKs Charter economic amendments on 2nd reading

Resolution of Both Houses No. 2 proposes economic amendments to the Charter to open up the Philippines to direct investments that could help the country recover from the adverse impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic

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 May 26, 2021

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Wednesday night approved on second reading the proposal to amend the restrictive economic provisions in the 1987 Constitution.The chamber through voice voting passed Resolution of Both Houses No. 2, which proposes economic amendments to the Charter to… Read More

Charter economic reforms to boost private sector role in recovery

 May 14, 2021

MANILA – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the private sector plays a “very crucial” role in the country’s economic growth and recovery amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.Malaya, in an economic forum… Read More

GO: Charter change to attract foreign investors

Supports ‘economic’ amendments

 February 13, 2021

MANILA – Amid calls to amend the 1987 Philippine Constitution, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go expressed his support for constitutional amendments on the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution due to the country’s current economic situation.During his attendance… Read More

METROMANILA MAYORS OPPOSE CHARTER CHANGE

THE TIMING IS OFF

A NUMBER OF of Metro Manila among them Mayors Joy Belmonte of Quezon City and Toby Tiangco of Navotas said the timing is off for Congress to pursue Charter change (Cha-cha) amid the pandemic.

” Not now, please, ” Tiangco, a former member of the House of Representatives ,said at the virtual Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum.

“I see the sense in economic Charter change, especially during these times that we need to recover economically, but within certain bounds and limits,” Belmonte said also at the Kapihan forum.

Tiangco said that at this time he would rather help his constituents recover their losses due to the pandemic.

“The benefits (of legislated economic reforms) will not be (felt) that fast, so maybe we can talk about that at another time. Maybe not this time,” Tiangco said.

Belmonte said said she understands public hesitation to Cha-cha, especially now that an administration’s term is nearing its end. “There are issues of suspicions and timing and these things have to be taken into consideration,” she said.

HOUSE PANEL OKAYS CHARTER CHANGE

The House constitutional amendments committee approved Tuesday in a 62-3-3 vote Speaker Lord Allan Velasco’s proposal to amend “restrictive” economic provisions in the Constitution.

The panel approved on the 34th anniversary of the ratification of the 1987 Constitution Velasco’s proposal to allow Congress to amend the constitutional restrictions on foreign investments in natural resources, public utilities, educational institutions, media and advertising.

House constitutional amendments chair Alfredo Garbin (AKO BIKOL party-list) has said that he wants plenary debates to start by the first week of February. Velasco eyes finishing debates before the end of 2021 and put up the proposed amendments for ratification during the 2022 electi

Adopts resolution on economic amendments

 February 2, 2021

MANILA – To mark Constitution Day, a panel at the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a measure proposing amendments to the “restrictive” economic provisions in the 1987 Constitution.The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments, chaired by Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin… Read More

CONGRESS TOLD: FOCUS ON COVID-19, 2022 ELECTIONS, NOT CHA-CHA

Easing restrictions on foreign investors will not affect the investment climate and generate much needed investments and jobs

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Members of the Constitutional Commission (ConCom) that drafted the 1987 Constitution shot down claims by legislators that amending economic provisions of the Charter would brighten the country’s road to recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rather than spend precious time and energy on Charter Change (Cha-Cha), Congress should instead focus its priorities on the COVID-19 crisis and the coming presidential elections in 2022, said Constitution Framer and former Supreme Court justice Vicente Mendoza.

Amending the economic provisions of the Constitution to ease restrictions on foreign investors “will not affect the investment climate and generate much needed investments and jobs, ” said Rosario Braid, another member of the 1986 ConCom.

Mendoza and Braid expressed their positions against ChaCha on January 27 at the start of the hearing of the Senate committees on constitutional amendments on proposed economic amendments to the 1987 Constitution.

“The education of the people for wise voting and the preparation for clean, honest, and credible elections that can spell good government in this country demand the patriotism of everyone. We need to summon all our will to bring the patriotic spirit back to the people. These are two challenges that we have to confront before we can speak of any other change in the Constitution,” Mendoza said at the hearing.

“During a period of instability and because of need to focus on the pandemic, it may not be the right time to open the economy,” Braid told the senators. 

“I do not believe this is the time for charter change given that one, the threat of the pandemic; and two the great challenge of securing in this country good government and that is tied to the next elections, national and local,” said Mendoza.

Both said that economic recovery will follow once these two challenges are met.

Another framer of the 1987 Constitution said the present attempt on charter change is motivated by power and money.

Lawyer Christian Monsod made the comment in an interview as legislators start tinkering with the Constitution to amend its economic provisions.

The Senate committees on constitutional amendments has started hearings on proposed economic amendments to the 1987 Constitution.

At the House of Representatives, a motion has been filed by House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco seeking to convene Congress as a constituent assembly to amend Articles XII, XIV, and XVI of the Constitution.

“There have been five previous attempts to change the Constitution….all of these past attempts were unsuccessful because the people perceived the articulated purposes as a smokescreen for self-serving ends,” Monsod said.

“The real motive, just like previous attempts, is power and money,” sadi Monsod.

MONSOD: CHARTER CHANGE MOTIVATED BY POWER AND MONEY

One of the framers of the 1987 Constitution said the present attempt on charter change is motivated by power and money.

Lawyer Christian Monsod made the comment as legislators start tinkering with the Constitution to amend its economic provisions.

The Senate committees on constitutional amendments and economic has started hearings on proposed economic amendments to the 1987 Constitution.

At the House of Representatives, a motion has been filed by House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco seeking to convene Congress as a constituent assembly to amend Articles XII, XIV, and XVI of the Constitution.

“There have been five previous attempts to change the Constitution….all of these past attempts were unsuccessful because the people perceived the articulated purposes as a smokescreen for self-serving ends,” Monsod said.

“The real motive, just like previous attempts, is power and money,” sadi Monsod.

CHARTER CHANGE TO PERK UP PHILIPPINE ECONOMY

Removing Charter’s economic restrictions to unleash country’s potential

 January 26, 2021

MANILA – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Tuesday said the proposal to remove the economic restrictions in the 1987 Constitution would help “unleash” the economic potential of the Philippines, the second-fastest growing economy in Southeast Asia.During the hearing of… Read More

PANELO: COVID-19 PANDEMIC CANNOT STOP CHACHA TRAIN

Covid-19 not excuse to avoid Charter Change talks

 January 13

MANILA – The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is not an excuse to avoid making amendments in the Constitution, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said Wednesday.In his commentary show Counterpoint aired on state-run PTV-4, Panelo expressed support for the decision of… Read More

House panel gets 500K signatures backing Charter amendments

 January 13, 2021

MANILA – The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments on Wednesday received some 555,610 signatures gathered by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) across the country to signify grassroots support for “surgical” amendments to the 1987 Constitution.DILG… Read More

Solon pushes for exemptions in land ownership by foreigners

 January 13, 2021

MANILA – A lawmaker at the House of Representatives on Wednesday said allowing exemptions to land ownership by foreigners is one way to attract foreign capital and help the economy recover from the adverse effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.Marikina City Rep. Stella… Read More