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Is it time for CHACHA?

House panel eyes resumption of charter change hearings in January

JAN 6, 2021 6:05 PM PHT

MARA CEPEDA

MANILA, PHILIPPINES

(UPDATED) Speaker Lord Allan Velasco wants the House to focus on lifting the 'restrictive' economic provisions in the Constitution Charter change (Cha-Cha) talks are set to be revived in the House of Representatives this month, its opening salvo for 2021 as it resumes session in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ako Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr, the newly elected chairman of the committee on constitutional amendments, told Rappler on Wednesday, January 6, that Speaker Lord Allan Velasco has directed him to begin deliberations on the “restrictive” economic provisions in the 1987 Constitution as early as next week.

Garbin said he aims to start the committee deliberations from January 12 to 16, or the week before the January 18 resumption of the 18th Congress.

“The Speaker directed me to tackle proposals amending the Constitution, specifically the restrictive economic provisions. We will start if possible by next week, baka magkaroon ng hearing (we might have a hearing). We’ll see the timeline kung kaya (if this is possible),” Garbin said in a phone call.

Garbin met on Wednesday with Velasco, House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, good government and public accountability panel chair Michael Aglipay, and Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez, the former constitutional amendments panel chair, discuss the upcoming Cha-Cha hearings.

“Gearing up for Consti Amendments #amendrestrictiveeconomicprovisions,” Garbin captioned his Facebook post

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