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Baon na sa limot! Drilon: Cha Cha dead in Duterte’s 4th SONA

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Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Tuesday (July 23) claimed that President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) became the ‘final resting place’ of Charter Change or Cha-Cha.

According to Sen. Drilon, President Duterte’s failure to include one of his top campaign promises, federalism in his SONA speech indicated that Cha-Cha is not a priority of the administration anymore.

“What’s more telling in the president’s speech is not what he said but what he did not say. The non-inlcusion of federalism indicates that Cha-Cha was laid to rest yesterday. The SONA became Cha-Cha’s final resting place,” Drilon said.

Sen. Drilon has reminded colleagues to better think twice for any plans of reviving Cha-Cha in the 18th Congress saying it will be an exercise of uselessness.

Drilon’s advise has slapped an earlier statement from House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano that he would push to extend the term of office of lawmakers.

Meanwhile, the Senate minority bloc leader has expressed support to some of the president’s ‘wish-list’ for Congress that includes the salary standardization law, increase in teacher’s salary and the creation of a water department.

He said the minority is ready to examine all other measures mentioned in SONA like the intent of the president to raise sin taxes anew, the proposed tax reform law, the Land Use Act and the creation of Disaster Management Department.

Drilon, however, maintained his disapproval for attempts in resurrecting the death penalty citing that the weak justice system of the country needs to be improved to show the Filipino people that the laws of the land are working.

“As I said before, it may appear as an uphill battle, but we are more than prepared to oppose it. We do not agree that death penalty is the solution to our illegal drugs and corruption problems. Death penalty is anti-poor,” he said.

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