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Chacha may nakatagong ‘pro-China, pro-dynasty’ -Zarate

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MARIING kinonde nina House Deputy Minority Leader Carlos Zarate at Bayan Muna chair Neri Colmenares ang muling pagsisikap ng administrasyong Duterte na isulong ang Charter change.

Ayon kina Zarate at Colmenares, ang Cha-cha ay may bagong nilalaman kung saan tinanggal ang constitutional provisions na magbibigay ng proteksiyon sa Filipinas mula sa expansionism ng China sa West Philippine Sea, gayundin ang pagkakaloob sa China ng red carpet entry sa Filipinas.

Hinikayat ng dalawang opposition figures ang mga mamamayang Filipino na maghanda sa matinding laban sa pro-China at pro dynasty Charter change sa mga nalalabing taon ng administrasyong Duterte.

“The pronouncement of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Federalism and Constitutional Reform and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as well as the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) to again push for amending the Constitution for economic reforms by allowing entry of foreign business makes this current Cha-cha the most dangerous because it will open up the country further to countries like China. The latest Cha-cha draft was RBH 15 and was approved by Pres. Duterte’s super majority in the House of Representatives overwhelmingly last year. It deletes many provisions in the 1987 Constitution. Cha-cha results in the opening up of the Philippines to countries like China. This Cha-cha is not only self serving but is also a China constitution’” pahayag ng Bayan Muna chairman .

“It deletes the requirement under Section 2 Article XII of the 1987 Constitution that the “exploration, development and utilization of natural resources” can only be undertaken by the State through joint ventures “with Filipino citizens or corporations at least sixty percent of whose capital is owned by Filipinos”. This means that there will no longer be a constitutional barrier to Pres. Duterte undertaking joint exploration with the Chinese government or 100% Chinese owned corporations,” dagdag pa niya.

“This Cha-cha also deleted the provision under Section 2 that requires the President to ‘notify the Congress of every contract entered into in accordance with this provision’. This opens up the country to verbal agreements with China allowing China’s fishing in the West Philippine Sea. Worse, this Cha-cha will also delete the requirement under Section 7 Art. XIII of the 1987 Constitution that requires the government to protect Philippine “marine resources and subsistence fishermen from foreign intrusion”. China’s lobby in this Cha-cha undertaking must be very strong,” sabi pa ni Colmenares.

“While they cancelled the ABS-CBN franchise on the alleged cloud of doubt on the nationality of a Lopez owner, they’re hell bent on opening the country to more foreigners like big business from China,” dagdag pa niya.

“We call on members of the House, even those loyal to Pres. Duterte, not to give away our country to foreigners. Presidents come and go, in a few years time, Pres. Duterte will no longer be there, but if we amend the Constitution, this will be with us for many years to come condemning our sons and daughter to the control of China. We cannot sacrifice the future of the next generation of Filipinos in exchange for our loyalties to a temporary President. Members of the House and the Senate must oppose this latest attempt at Cha-cha by Pres. Duterte.”

Samantala, sinabi ni Zarate na, “the Inter Agency Task Force’ promise of electoral reforms because Cha-cha under Pres. Duterte contained provisions that delete the constitutional prohibition of political dynasty and term extension is also a sham. In fact, several administration allies admitted that indeed term extension is one of the main agenda of Cha-cha.”

“We urge the Filipino people to prepare for a full battle against Cha-cha in the waning years of Pres. Duterte’s presidency. Together, we can defeat this one more time,” pagwawakas ni Zarate.

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