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JDV wants cha-cha after 2010

By Danny O. Sagun

Dagupan City (19 August) -- FORMER House Speaker Jose de Venecia now wants Charter change to happen after the 2010 elections, a stand far different from his original position.

In a radio interview, De Venecia also batted for a Constitutional Convention to effect changes in the Constitution and not thru a constituent assembly as he had earlier espoused.

Delegates to the Con-Con can be elected during the 2010 national elections to save money, he said. "Isabay tilay panpili ed saray delegados pian makagimper tayo."

He said there are many problems facing the country now that need the full attention of the administration.

The new leadership to be elected in 2010 would be beyond suspicion in working for Constitutional reforms unlike now that people are suspicious as to the intention of the present administration, he said.

"No kayari lay eleksyon tay Cha-cha pian naekal tay suspetsan labay nen President Arroyo ya inatnat toy term to," he said.

He also said that effecting Charter change now thru the constituent assembly could not stop any congressman or senator from introducing other amendments like removal of term limits apart from the proposed shift to federalism.

Under the present Charter, the president is only good for one six-year term, while local officials are qualified for three consecutive terms at three years each. Senators who have six years can run for one re-election.

The administration wants to pursue a federal structure of government as a solution to the secessionist movement in Muslim Mindanao. Under the proposed federal government, a Bangsa Moro state will be one of the federal states that will comprise the country.

De Venecia said federalism must be studied thoroughly and the country should prepare for that in two to three years. He noted that each state has its own judiciary, legislative and executive systems. "Anggapoy deperensya ed saray pero aralen irayan maong ta pian natalosan na ami karaklan," he added.

The other proposed change is the kind of government to be adopted - from the present presidential to parliamentary, which, he said, he has been fighting for in 15 years. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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