Poe calls for ‘intense’ study of Charter change

  • Written by Marlon Purificacion
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AFTER Pulse Asia released the results of its survey on Charter change which showed that 67 percent of Filipinos are against it, Senator Grace Poe yesterday said that she will block any attempts to railroad the passage of a new constitution.

“A document as important as the basic law should be rigorously studied, and not railroaded. I will block any Cha-cha express, especially one driven by people with expiring terms and fuelled by selfish interest,” said Poe.

Currently, she said that the people are caught in a tug-of-war between two extremes.  One demanding that Cqharter change be approved without thinking and the other to reject it outright.

“I take the centrist view of giving the Concom’s product the courtesy of a thorough study, subject it to intense debate, so that we can all make an informed choice,” Poe said.

But she insisted that there is still no popular clamor from the people for a new Constitution, and doubted that a new one will solve all the problems of the country instantly.

“There is no palpable popular clamor for a new Constitution, and neither is there proof that a brand new one is the magical cure-all to the country’s manifold problems,” she insisted.

Opposition Senator Bam Aquino meanwhile told the government to prioritize the interest of the Filipino families and not the interest of a few politicians.

“Nakakahiya naman sa taumbayan na habang nalulunod sila sa taas ng presyo ay Cha Cha at No-El ang inuuna ng gobyerno.  Hanapan na lang natin ng solusyon ang tumitinding pagtaas ng presyo,” said Aquino.

Senator Ralph Recto openly admitted that he belonged to the 67 percent Filipinos who disagree with the changing of the Constitution.

“Haven’t read it but am one of those against it. Count me as part of the 67 %,” he said.

Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III refused to immediately comment on the survey but insisted that the Senate is an independent institution that cannot be influenced by outside opinions.