Suporta ng mga mamamayan kay Pangulong Aquino, nananatili — Malakanyang

admin   •   August 26, 2014   •   3101

FILE PHOTO: President Benigno S. Aquino III shakes hands with the residents of Dipolog City during his visit at the Andres Bonifacio College (ABC) Gymnasium in Barangay Miputak, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte on Tuesday (February 05). ( Jay Morales / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

MANILA, Philippines – Naniniwala ang Malakanyang na suportado pa rin ng maraming bilang ng mga mamamayan si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa kabila ng isinagawang kilos protesta kahapon ng Scrap Pork Barrel Movement na nagsusulong na tanggalin ang pork barrel at charter change.

Ayon kay Presidential Communication Secretary Herminio ‘Sonny’ Coloma Jr., marami pa rin ang naniniwala sa repormang inilalatag ni Pangulong Aquino.

“Sa aming constant monitoring of the public pulse ay malaki naman ang kalamangan ng sumusuporta sa pangulo lalo na ng pagkatapos paghahayag niya ng kaniyang ikaapat na SONA, pagpapaliwanag sa iba’t ibang isyu na kinakaharap ng bansa.

Hindi naman nagkomentaryo pa ang Malakanyang sa bilang ng mga taong nakilahok sa protesta na mas kakaunti kaysa sa naunang Million People March.

“Meron din kasing expression kasi anu diba voting with their feet na siguro kung sapat na paniniwala o paninindigan they will vote with their feet dadalhin nila ang sarili nila dun katulad ng ginawa ng mas maraming bilang noong nakaraang taon,” pahayag pa ni Coloma.

Sa kabila nito, ayon sa kalihim, patuloy pa rin silang nakikinig sa boses ng kanilang mga boss. (Nel Maribojoc / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

 

PNoy returns home from hospital

UNTV News   •   December 18, 2019

Former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino

Former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino has been discharged from confinement at the Makati Medical Center, his spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Former deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Aquino expressed his gratitude to those who prayed for his health and recovery.

On December 9, Valte confirmed that Aquino was in the hospital for a scheduled routine check-up. This was after rumors circulated that the former chief executive was in confinement due to a heart procedure.

Cha-Cha sees no progress in Senate

Marje Pelayo   •   December 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Several senators seem adamant on catering to the House of Representatives’ (HOR) proposed Charter change.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said such a proposal is not a priority at this time adding that the Senate is not considering accepting it after the HOR approved its version of the bill.

The Lower House proposes the following amendments to the Constitution:

1. Legislative flexibility for foreign Investments

2. Tandem voting for president and vice president

3. Election of senators by region (with proposal dividing PH to 9 regions)

4. 5-year term for local officials and Congressmen

House Committee on Constitutional Amendments Chairman Rufus Rodriguez is asking the senators to take time to study their proposal before deciding to drop it.

“I hope that the senators, instead of saying, it’s doomed, it’s not a priority, should look into every proposal: are they good for the country or not? That is the main issue there,” Rodriguez argued.

The lawmaker also denied allegations that the bill is “self-serving” on the part of the congressmen and that they have personal interests in pushing the proposed amendments.

“If this is approved it will only apply to those elected in 2022. All of us will go to the elections of 2022,” Rodriguez said.

“We are not extending our terms,” he added.

The Surigao Del Sur Representative stressed that the bill underwent public consultation from various sectors across the country.

The Lower House lawmakers are expected to debate on the measure at the plenary come February next year which may run for two months, according to Rodriguez. – MNP (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

Senators on new House charter change resolution: ‘Not a priority’

Robie de Guzman   •   December 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Some senators remain indifferent to the proposal of the House of Representatives to amend the provisions of the Philippine 1987 Constitution.

According to Senate President Vicente Sotto III, charter change is not among the Senate’s priority agenda.

“It’s not a priority in the Senate. It’s not in any committees, there’s no resolution filed. We are not talking about it,” he told reporters in a press briefing Monday.

Sotto’s statement was in response to the passage of a House resolution proposing amendments to the Constitution.

The unnumbered resolution, which was approved in a closed-door meeting last week by the House constitutional amendments committee led by Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, seeks to relax the economic restrictions stated in the country’s charter, and lengthen the terms of local government officials, congressmen and senators to five years and three terms.

Under the present charter, a senator can serve for six years and run for two consecutive times while congressmen and local officials can serve for three years and three consecutive terms.

Although the proposal will not be discussed, the Senate said it will not stop the Lower House from convening as Constituent Assembly to tackle the draft charter change.

A resolution of both houses or a joint resolution requires the approval of both chambers and the signature of the president, according to the Senate’s website.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, meanwhile, said that pushing for charter change is doomed without the Senate’s approval.

Drilon also advised congressmen who would insist on passing charter change to “make it a point to include their return address because the Senate and the Filipino people will not accept it.”

The opposition lawmaker also called the proposal of House lawmakers to extend their term as a “self-serving move.”

READ: House OKs resolution on longer terms for Congressmen, local officials

“The term extension is ill-conceived. It extinguishes all the good intentions they may have in mind in pushing for Cha-cha. We will oppose it,” he said in a statement.

He added that the non-mention of Cha-cha and federalism in the last state of the nation address of President Rodrigo Duterte was a clear message to Congress that Cha-cha is no longer a priority of the administration.

“Apparently, the message was lost on the members of the House of Representatives. I had said it before and I will say it once more, Cha-cha is dead,” Drilon said.

Senator Risa Hontiveros also said the passage of the House resolution on charter change would not prosper if submitted to the Senate just like what happened in the past.

“Dati na nating nakita ang kapareho na Resolution of both House sa panahon ni [former president Gloria Macapagal] Arroyo. At the time, it was dead in the water dito sa Senado. I’m confident bilang bahagi ng Senate minority at si Senator Kiko [Pangilinan] ang chair ng Senate committee on constitutional amendments, if that would be sent here, it will also arrive dead in the water ditto sa Senado,” she said in a media interview.

Senator Ronald dela Rosa expressed doubt on whether Duterte will still be able to implement the reforms he is pushing if the charter would be amended, adding that he would support it if it includes a shift to federalism.  

“Baka kulang na ng oras, short na ang oras at panahon ni President Duterte, hindi na niya make-carry out ang gusto niyang mga pagbabago na gagawin pero still kung pupwede pa, go ahead, suporta ako diyan,” he told reporters in a separate interview. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

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