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“Cha-cha can wait”: House to recommend shelving proposals on charter change to focus on COVID-19

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May. 21, 20 | 11:52 am

House Committee on Constitutional Amendments Chairman Rufus Rodriguez stated that his panel will recommend shelving talks about charter change (cha cha) ‘indefinitely’ so that the country can focus on discussions on solutions to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The representative of Cagayan de Oro City stated that his committee had already suspended considerations of Cha-cha proposals amid reports that there are attempts to revive the push for the constitutional change to take place through signature campaigns.

“I am inclined to recommend to the Speaker (Alan Peter Cayetano) that we shelve Cha-cha indefinitely so we can focus on measures to fight this pandemic, help our affected people and prepare the nation for post-lockdown and post-coronavirus disease, or the new-normal life,” Rodriguez said.

Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año dismissed the reports as fake news, saying he never ordered anyone to do such a thing, especially amid a prevailing health crisis, as per reports from the Philippine News Agency.

“This is not the time for the DILG and its allies to relaunch their signature drive and renew their push for Cha-cha. They should postpone it until this health crisis is over,” Rodriguez said. “Cha-cha can wait. We will first have to attend to measures that will save lives and the livelihood of our people.”

He said both chambers of Congress are indisposed to act on Cha-cha at this time.

According to reports, DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, in a memorandum dated Jan. 28, said the collected signatures would be presented to Congress to show the support for constitutional reform.

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