Metropolis OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga—Former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declined to speak about her sights on constitutional amendments throughout a general public consultation on the problem held in this article on Friday, Feb. 17.
“Ali ku bisang magsalita uling general public session ya ini [I do not want to speak because this is a public consultation by the committee on constitutional amendments],” mentioned Arroyo, a senior deputy speaker.
Coming from Davao Town, she did not also acquire a categorical stand.
Numerous tries to amend the Constitution ended up designed but unsuccessful for the duration of her expression.
The congressional committee held in this Pampanga town the Central Luzon-leg of its public consultations, the third considering the fact that people held in Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro provinces.
“We want to be a lot more inclusive and democratic. We want to attain public trust and enable men and women realize the proposed improvements in the Structure,” Iloilo Rep. Lorenz Defensor, the committee’s senior chair, instructed the Inquirer.
He introduced the 12 petitions, bills and resolutions filed on constitutional amendments in the 19th Congress.
“Pinapaalam natin sa grassroots,” explained Deputy Speaker and Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales.
Marikina Rep. Stella Luz Quimbo, senior vice chair of the committee on appropriations, talked on the merits of amending economic provisions, which drew a lot more conversations, primarily on international investments.
“Kailangan na talagang palitan. Napag-iwanan na po tayo,” reported Quimbo, citing economic data.
The revision of expression restrictions of community officers, proposed by Deputy Speaker Pampanga Rep.Aurelio Gonzales, was pointed out only as soon as and referred to as a “contentious issue” by Pampanga provincial board member Atty. Ananias Canlas Jr.
The opposition’s sights have been read by ACT partylist Rep. France Castro of the Makabayan bloc.
Bataan provincial board member Antonino Roman III supported amending specific provisions in particular these that will usher authentic opposition in the economy.
The consultation also passed all over a questionnaire inquiring participants about the modes of amending the constitution: constitutional conference (Concon), constitutional assembly, or people’s initiative.
Defensor stated the Concon remains an choice now since the two modes have been turned down in earlier attempts to amend the Constitution.
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