Press Release
August 6, 2018

Statement of Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, Partido Liberal president,
On House minority leadership and Charter change

At no other time in the 17th Congress do Filipinos need a House of Representatives with a genuine opposition than now.

Only a credible opposition will raise critical questions and block self-serving moves against plans to hurry the approval of the revision of the 1987 Constitution in two months, just so it won't get in the way of the filing of the certificates of candidacy in October this year.

We have warned in the past against rushing Charter change. This should not be treated like an ordinary bill that can simply be amended after a few hearings.

Let's keep in mind that for all the time, money and resources the government already spent on Cha-cha and federalism, our people are not in favor of the initiative, or have little knowledge of it.

The respective committees in both the Senate and the House should continue the public hearings on Charter change and federalism with deliberation. The more voices are heard, the more assurance that the final output on the issue is from the people, not politicians who want to remain in power forever.

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