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Priority ‘yan! Palace ​​banking on allies in Congress to support Charter change


Malaca​ñ​ang has shifted gears on the matter of enjoining the Senate to include into its priority agenda the proposed Charter change (Cha-cha).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday said they’re now banking on the support of their allies in the Senate.

Roque’s pronouncements appears to be in contradiction with​ ​Malacañ​ang​’s ealrier position that it would let Congress do its job on the issue of amending the 1987 Constitution.

“We believe so,” Roque said when asked on the matter of whether Malacanang has enough numbers steer deliberations of Cha-cha in the upper chamber.

“I think we have a very good working relationship with many of our senators,” he said.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III had already said that Cha-cha is not in their priority list.

“Well in terms of optimism, we remain optimistic. And the President has said na nga na if it is finally ratified by the people then he will step down. And he is hoping that both the Consultative Committee and Congress will adapt his suggestion calling for a Transitory Provision providing that the transition leader will be an elected post,” Roque said.

The consultative committee headed by former Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno had already turned over to the Senate its proposed draft federal constitution, ahead of the official transmittal of Duterte to the upper chamber, to facilitate review of the existing Charter.