Charter change, if there is any material move, could more likely be focused on economic provisions than talking about term extension.
This is according to Gov. Edgar Chatto, who admitted that he himself is still to check the real score in the much talked-about changes in the Constitution pushed by some groups.
The governor, however, suggested that President Benigno Simeon Aquino III be rather accorded the benefit of the doubt in this matter, considering that there has been no categorical pronouncement from the Palace about the issue yet.
When the term extension cropped up, the charter change become divisive. But there is almost common interest when provisions on the economic points float in the discussions.
On this, Chatto said he is more inclined to believe that if there is any move for a charter change, it could be on the basic economic provisions drafted by the legislators that would be given more importance.
The governor, a Liberal Party convert since Aquino’s rule started, explained that even the spokespersons of the President have qualifiers as to how the President’s statement should be interpreted or how it had been said in his recent interview with TV5 from where the term extention issue started.
Chatto further said that the people might just monitor the President’s official pronouncements on his part before judging if his statement is right or wrong.
One thing that is certain is that changing the Constitution has certain procedures and there is passionate interest of some groups, especially on its economic provisions, but talking about term extension is divisive, according to the governor.
Meanwhile, LP leaders had recently denied reports that Aquino’s runningmate in 2010, now Interior Sec. Mar Roxas, sought the support of lawmakers to amend the Constitution to pave for the President’s reelection.
There had been allegations also that Aquino’s reelection had been pushed upon the poor ratings of Roxas who had supposedly been groomed to be LP’s presidential bet in 2016.
This cropped up even after Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte had been quoted earlier, saying Aquino will not push for charter change during his term.
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