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Mt. Province politiko seeks referendum on Cha-cha in 2016 polls

Dec 5, 2015 @ 16:26

Mountain Province Rep. Maximo B. Dalog is calling for a referendum to let the electorate decide whether or not to call for a constitutional convention to propose amendments to, or revision of, the 1987 Constitution.

Dalog is the author of House Resolution 2384 seeking a referndum on charter change and this has been refrred to the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments.

Dalog said there was a need to consult the people directly by way of referendum and let their sovereign will prevail.”

The lawmaker is proposing the referendum to be held simultaneous with the national Election on May 9, 2016 for the purpose of asking the people the following question: “Do you want the 17th Congress to, within 90 days from the opening of its session, call for a constitutional convention that will be composed of elected and appointed delegates to propose amendments to, or revision of, the 1987 Constitution?”

The Dalog resolution, if approved, directs the Commission on Elections to include the mentioned question on the ballot for the May 9, 2016 national elections.

“There is likewise a clamor from the business sector to amend some of the economic provisions of our Constitution which are reasons why foreign investors are shying away from the Philippines, thereby greatly affecting our progress economically,” Dalog explained.

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) No. 1 entitled “Resolution of Both Houses proposing amendments to certain provisions of the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines particularly on Articles XII, XIV and XIV,” principally authored by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.

RBH No. 1 is just awaiting third and final reading approval by the House of Representatives.

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