The Philippines: House defers plenary debates on Cha-cha

  • The House of Representatives has deferred by a week its deliberations on the Resolution of Both Houses 2 (RBH 2), which seeks to amend restrictive economic provisions in the 1987 Constitution.
  • Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr., who chairs the House committee on constitutional amendments, said Committee Report 735, which adopts RBH 2, might be taken up by the plenary on 15 Feb 21.
  • Garbin called on their counterparts in the Senate to support Charter change (Cha-cha) for the purpose of amending provisions that have hampered economic development, keeping the country lagging behind its neighbors in Asia.
  • But for Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte, who is opposed to the timing of this Cha-cha move, it would be better if the plenary debates on RBH 2 were put off; and the House concentrated on matters like the rollout of vaccines to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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