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‘Di na kayo nahiya! Kiko slams GMA Cha-cha moves in House

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By Xave Gregorio

Opposition Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan slammed moves in the House led by Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to amend the Constitution to lift term limits for lawmakers, cancels the May 2019 polls and skips the vice president in the presidential succession.

“While the poor are busy trying to eke out a living for their everyday meals and fare, lawmakers are toying with our Constitution and how to cling to power,” Pangilinan, president of the formerly ruling Liberal Party, said in a statement Tuesday (October 9). “Shame.”

Resolution of Both Houses No. 15, authored by Arroyo and 21 other House lawmakers, is the latest attempt to amend the Constitution to shift to a federal form of government.

However, RBH No. 15 also contains provisions which lifts term limits for senators, currently pegged at two consecutive terms, and for congressmen, who are barred from running again after their third consecutive term, like Arroyo.

It also designates the Senate president as the successor of the president should he resign or die, unlike the present Constitution which provides that the vice president would take the place of the president.

Arroyo’s draft proposed charter also mandates the president and vice president to be elected in tandem. It would also establish a two-party political system and bans turncoatism.