Biazon backed out Chacha stalled anew

BarangayRP News

Senator Rodolfo Biazon, one of the 15 senators who signed Senate minority leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr’s resolution proposing for a shift to a federal form of government, withdrew his signature yesterday.

“Because of the expressed support by Malacañang and the statements coming out from the proponents in the House of Representatives, a lot of slippery and winding roads loom ahead that pose danger to the charter change move,” he said.

Biazon said that “the previous negative reception to the idea of Charter change” is now resurrected because of the support of Malacañan and its House allies to Pimentel’s relosution.

Malacañang, which has expressed full support to the Pimentel resolution, is being accused of using it to let President Arroyo stay in power beyond 2010.

Biazon added that he is not going to be surprised if many of his colleagues will follow suit.

According to him, many of his colleague who signed the resolution were not necessarily pro-federal system but would just want to “put the issue to extensive public consultation and debate so that the public may be informed on the nature of this (latest) move to amend the Charter.”

He added that said amendments to the Constitution should be made only after 2010.

On Wednesday, Senate President pro tempore Jinggoy Estrada and Sen. Panfilo Lacson said they would withdraw if it becomes clear Arroyo would use it to extend her term.

Reacting to these, Press Secretary Jesus Dureza called the senators’ plans a setback to President Arroyo’s renewed push for Charter change (Cha-cha).

“With some senators, who are authors of Resolution No. 10 seemingly, for reasons of their own, no longer interested to push for constitutional reforms for federalism especially for Mindanao, our expectation that Charter change towards federalism in Mindanao will not take off soon,” he said.

Pimentel has said his resolution does not omit the constitutional provision on the president’s term limit and that it clearly provides that said term limit will continue to be enforced under a federal system.

He strongly stressed that he would never allow his resolution be used by Malacañang to extend the president’s term.

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