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PIA Press Release
2009/06/12

Malacanang deplores habit of dragging PGMA to ConAss

by Roberto M. Cabardo

Cebu City (12 June) -- Malacanang deplores the habit of some camps to drag the country's chief executive to moves of amending the 1987 Constitution.

In his media interview this morning, he said that it is sad that every time there is a move to amend the Constitution, some readily find it convenient to accuse the Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to be at the helm of it.

"You (media) kindly ask them (those accusing Pres. Arroyo) if they have read the house resolution for there it is clear that the President will not benefit from the amendment for in the resolution there is an express provision that there shall be no extension of her (Pres. Arroyo) term," he stressed.

The official added that the media should try to help by defining its responsibility to know and tell the truth.

"Sometimes, some would use the truth to alter another truth for convenience," said he.

To recall, the opposition, non-government organizations, and several civil society groups allude the present moves to amend the Constitution by means of a constituent assembly (ConAss) embodied in House Resolution 1109 to the country's chief executive - an accusation that keeps coming everytime a move to amend the country's charter is introduced in Congress.

To date, some legislators plan to file a petition to the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the resolution and whether the House of Representatives can amend the Constitution as a Constituent Assembly without the concurrence and participation of the Senate. (PIA Cebu) [top]

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