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PIA Press Release
2006/09/20

International communities strongly support RP move to amend Constitution

By Miriam P. Aquino

San Fernando City, La Union (20 September) -- The push for a Charter-Change gains support from the International communities like Spain and the European Union.

In a recent report, Spain Ambassador Ignacio Sagaz made his statement, saying that, if the country succeeds in pushing through with the amendment of the constitution, thereby eliminating some of its provisions on economic restrictions, the Philippines would surely turn out to be a magnet to all foreign investors.

European countries are willing to share their knowledge and experiences under a parliamentary system and plans to visit the country to explain on how parliaments and representative institutions work, AdCom Chairman Lito Monico Lorenzana said.

This planned visit by European country representatives shows a positive sign for the Philippines to move on to its proposed shift from presidential to a parliamentary form and be able to adopt a setting that would lead us to a more progressive economy and political stability.

The chief executive, in her visit to Brussels, Belgium, mentioned Belgian lawmakers that the Philippines eyes for an immediate change in the political system, pointing to the Belgian Parliament as a best model for our country.

Belgian Parliament is divided into two chambers, the House of Representatives, with 150 members and the Senate with 71 senators, who share an equal responsibility in matters like the revision of the constitution, elaboration of structure-based legislations, functioning and institutions of the state, organization of justice and ratification of international treaties and setting up of Inquiry Committees.

Here, reports said, the Speaker of the House always has the final say on passed Bills, making him more powerful than the Prime Minister and ranks second from the king.

One important reason that is quite similar to our present political situation is that, according to Belgian Senator Allan Destexme, what moved them to amend their existing constitution 10 years ago was the “slow passage of vital legislation brought about by the frequent deadlock between the House and the Senate when both chambers equally shared powers.”

Belgium, Arroyo said, is not only a partner in economic and development cooperation but also in the political and security area.

If it is possible for the international communities to show their full support to Cha-Cha for a more progressive Philippines, in economic and in political arena, why can’t we the Filipinos, be united in our decisions to heed for a better future especially for the younger generations to come. (PIA La Union) [top]

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