"What this Country needs is not a change OF men but a change IN men" March 1980

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

CHA CHA Dialogue

Sen. Richard Gordon, chairman of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments, Revision of Codes and Laws, and his counterpart at the House, Rep. Constantino Jaraula of Cagayan de Oro, agreed to discuss provisions of the Constitution that could stand revisions.

Emerging from a meeting of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council in Malacañan, Gordon told reporters that although the Senate has agreed to discuss the provisions, it has not changed its stand on Charter change and its bid to sustain the Senate as an institution.

"We want people to support [Charter change] because they understand it not because it’s for the good of the mayors, senators or the President alone. We are ready to talk with the House so negative things can be set aside," Gordon said.

Gordon said whether the Congress will adopt a constituent assembly, constitutional convention or people’s initiative as a mode of rewriting the Charter will depend on their dialogue.

Senate President Franklin Drilon said the position of 22 of the 23 senators is that the Senate and House vote separately on any constitutional amendment. Drilon said he will leave the issue of a constituent assembly to Gordon’s committee.

Gordon said it was better to dialogue with congressmen on Charter change instead of airing their views in the media.

"For the first time, both the Senate and the House have agreed to talk. Diplomatic relations were established. I respect my counterparts in the House and I think now we can start talking about what we want," Gordon said.

He said it was Rep. Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. who proposed the dialogue, although Angara said it was a joint proposal.

Palace brings together senators, congressmen in Cha-cha dialogue
The Manila Times Reporters

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Gordon said that among the issues that the two committees would tackle was the question of “appropriate timing” to hold discussions on the proposal to convene Congress into a constituent assembly “or if we are going to meet as a constituent assembly.”

“After we have gone with the rules, (we can tackle) what are the amendments that we can agree on,” he said.

Asked whether he meant the Senate had now agreed with the House to convene Congress into a constituent assembly, Gordon said: “No, we only agreed to meet as committees to find out what are the things we can agree upon and then move on after that.”

Asked whether the dialogue managed to break the impasse between the Senate and the House regarding Charter change, Gordon said: “It breaks the name calling, the backbiting, and we can start talking again in terms of what we can do and that’s important, that’s a big, big push.”

Senate, House OK dialogue on Charter change
May 17, 2006
By Juliet Labog-Javellana, Christine Avendano
With reports from Michael Lim Ubac and TJ Burgonio

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Lawmakers on both sides agreed to hold dialogues through their committees to set aside differences, find common areas and stop "negative things" coming from either chamber over efforts to amend the Constitution.

"Our (Senate) positions have hardened perhaps with the statements emanating from the House. As far as I’m concerned, we have never closed our minds to constitutional amendments," Gordon said.

Gordon admitted the move for both committees to thresh out issues, particularly on whether both chambers of Congress would be voting separately or jointly in the constituent assembly, was meant to avoid having to bring the matter to the Supreme Court.

He said it would be premature to say the Senate was agreeable to a constituent assembly but he pointed out the constitutional convention (con-con) mode is too expensive while the ongoing people’s initiative is strongly opposed by the Senate.

Gordon said the con-con, while it is the ideal mode, would be more suitable if the Charter were to be completely overhauled. With only a few amendments to be made, he said "you can do it by way of the constituent assembly."

When asked the whether the dialogue would result in senators and congressmen agreeing on which mode of Charter change to use, he said: "That could be, that could be."

Asked to comment on perceptions that the Senate had finally agreed to talk with the House because of the strong response to the people’s initiative, Gordon believes "it’s the House that softened up."

However, he said, unlike the House, the Senate does not consider amending the Constitution an urgent matter.

Both constitutional committee chairmen differ on the "soft issues" to be initially discussed. For Gordon, what is easy to resolve is the timing and the mode of amending the Constitution while the amendments, particularly the change in the form of government, would be very contentious.

Senate, House to resolve differences on con-ass
By Jess Diaz
The Philippine Star 05/17/2006
With Paolo Romero, Marvin Sy, Aurea Calica, Cecille Suerte Felipe


Blogger 柯云 said...

chanel bags
ugg boots sale
oakley sunglasses wholesale
ugg boots outlet
air max 90
nike running shoes for men
uggs boots for women
uggs on sale
ugg boots
hollister kids
ray-ban sunglasses
hollister jeans
air force 1 trainers
true religion jeans outlet
louis vuitton outlet
michaek kors outlet
cheap uggs sale
ugg boots outlet
jordan 11s
louis vuitton handbags
coach outlet
jordan 11 concord
gucci outlet
nike huarache white
ray ban outlet
coach outlet online
tory burch outlet
ugg outlet store
uggs for chea
cheap ray ban sunglasses
canada goose
oakley store
coach outlet online
michael kors outlet
abercrombie & fitch
coach outlet
toms outlet
ray bans
fitflop clearance

6:10 PM

Blogger Minko Chen said...

nike air max uk
fitflops outlet sale
coach outlet online
true religion jeans sale
air max shoes
cheap oakley sunglasses
woolrich outlet store
canada goose outelt
links of london jewellery
louis vuitton outlet online
nfl jerseys
fitflops clearance
michael kors outlet online
tiffany and co
cheap football shirts
nobis jacket
michael kors outlet online
kobe bryants shoes
kate spade uk
true religion jeans

12:54 AM

Blogger chenmeinv0 said...

calvin klein
michael kors tote
coach canada
ralph lauren outlet
vans shoes
coach handbags
polo ralph lauren outlet
ugg boots
coach outlet
michael kors

1:43 AM

Blogger ninest123 said...

ralph lauren outlet
coach outlet online
givenchy handbags
nike outlet
supreme clothing
johnston and murphy outlet
air max 97
adidas originals
jordan retro 11

10:42 PM

Anonymous Obat Gatal Walatra Gamat Emat Kapsul said...

This article is interesting and useful. Thank you for sharing. And let me share an article about health that God willing will be very useful. Thank you :)

Obat gatal Kudis/gudik
Vitamin Untuk Kesehatan Anak
Penyebab sering mimisan
Cara Mengatasi Cacar Air
Cara Menghilangkan Kantung mata
Obat Telinga Berkerak dan Berair

7:24 PM

Blogger Zz Zz said...

dr martens boots
salomon shoes
yeezy shoes
supreme shirts
danner boots
oakey sunglasses outlet store
coach outlet online
coach outlet online
nfl jerseys
yeezy boost 350

11:47 PM


Post a Comment

<< Home