Ping says House Chacha bid is bound to fail in the Senate; Nagkausap-usap na kami
Senators remain unmoved by the House of Representatives’ latest bid to amend the 1987 Constitution, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday.
Lacson said he and his colleagues remain united in not joining moves to amend the Charter via constituent assembly, where they will be outvoted by the House.
“It doesn’t change anything. Kasi kung con-ass, the Senate maintains the position na they will have to deal with the Senate. And it’s not as simple as transmitting their joint resolution to the Senate,” he said.
“So long as the sentiment of the majority huwag muna pagusapan ang Chacha because we have so many problems na hindi ma-solve ng Charter change,” he added.
He added the parliamentary status of proposed Senate measures to amend the Charter is still in the committee level, and the Senate cannot be forced to rush it.
On the other hand, he said the Senate will not bite the so-called bait of placing the Senate President next in the line of succession after the President.
“We are unanimous on this position. At the same time, nag-cross na ng party lines yan. Whatever bait ang kanilang i-dangle walang magba-bite noon,” he said.
Besides, he said bypassing the Vice President would be unfair to Vice President Leonor Robredo, who was proclaimed winner of the 2016 vice presidential race.
He added Senate President Vicente Sotto III is “too smart” and will not bite into this bait.
“To boot her out of that line of succession I think is not only unfair, mukhang devious ang scheme. Anong motive? Anong purpose? Para ma-lure ang Senate through the SP? I don’t think so because SP Sotto is too smart not to bite the bait na dina-dangle nila,” he said.