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Zubiri insists the Senate is not ignoring the modification to the Charter.
On Wednesday, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri refuted claims that the Senate is ignoring calls for a reform to the Constitution, claiming that the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments, Revisions of Laws and Codes is fulfilling its duty on behalf of the Upper House.
After Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodrigues argued that the Senate cannot disregard the resounding support for a Charter revision and out of inter-chamber courtesy, Zubiri made his statement.
The senator outlined how the committee, which is led by Senator Robinhood Padilla, is touring the nation holding public hearings and consultations in order to modify the Charter.
I never tried to stop him. The last time I spoke with him was yesterday, and I advised him to keep doing his job. He is carrying out his duties as the chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments. He has not been persuaded to halt by us. In a previous TV interview, Zubiri stated, “We are doing our job to listen to the people’s voice on this specific problem.
On the third reading, the House of Representatives approved the planned constitutional convention to amend the Constitution and even approved a PHP10,000 daily stipend for the delegates in addition to their travel and other expenses.
Zubiri went on to say that the administration’s priority bills do not involve a Charter amendment and that, out of respect for his colleagues in the House of Representatives, which he represented for nine years, he will never begin a fight with them.
“In all honesty, we passed the economic measures in the 18th Congress, so I don’t understand why our beloved colleagues in the House want to accelerate this. When we enacted the Public Services Act of (Senator) Grace Poe, I was the majority floor leader, and Speaker Martin (Romualdez) was also the majority floor leader. We approved the Senator (Aquilino) “Koko” Pimentel-sponsored Retail Trade Act as well as the Senator Imee Marcos-sponsored and authored Foreign Investments Act. And these three were supposed to address the issue(s) with the Constitution’s economic provisions, specifically its restricted economic measures, Zubiri continued.***
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