Watch: Sen. Pangilingan 'Naka-life support' na ang Chacha sa Senado

Watch: Sen. Pangilingan 'Naka-life support' na ang Chacha sa Senado

Senator Kiko Pangilinan on Thursday said the charter change is "now at the ICU (intensive care unit)" and its campaign "brain dead" at the Senate."Kung tatanungin niyo ano ang ChaCha sa Senado, siguro naka-life support. Pero kahit nasa ICU nga minsan nagkaka-milagro. It’s on life support at 'yung kampanya parang brain dead," he said.

Pangilinan said there is a possibility that when senators engage in ChaCha discussions with the congressmen, one of the lawmakers would file a petition before the Supreme Court and insist that voting should be done as one and the high court will grant the petition.

"Pag ganun nangyari at magpasya ang Korte Suprema ay magkakalintik-lintik ika nga. We have to remain vigilant at hindi dapat minamadali," he said.

What caused ChaCha's bleak chances in the Senate, he said, was the pronouncements made by the President’s economic managers about the negative impact of the present federalism draft.

“Napakabigat ng statement ng economic managers na nabanggit kahapon… May impiyerno, merong bangungot. Hindi na kami sa oposisyon yan ha? Sila na gumagamit ng salitang bangungot, impiyerno, kalituhan pag ganito salita bakit mamadaliin pa ito,” he added.

Pangilinan said they have yet to determine how many more hearings they would need before coming up with a ChaCha committee report.

The Committee on constitutional amendments and revision of codes is still awaiting the additional inputs of the constitutional committee headed by former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, Pangilinan said.

Discussing ChaCha could be more promising if it will be tried after next year’s elections, he said.

Pangilinan said the proposed transition committee "is like a junta."

“Para siyang junta. Appointed by the President, it has executive-legislative and judicial powers. Kasi pending federal structure they have the power to re-organize to hire and fire and settle disputes,” he said.

Still, the senators will remain open to discussing ChaCha with congressmen should they ask for it, according to Pangilinan.

Pangilinan, meantime, can only hope that Communications Secretary Martin Andanar’s plan to come up with a “federalism jingle” will help in educating the public about the administration’s attempt to change the current form of government.

He stressed, however, that a serious topic like federalism, cannot be answered by a mere jingle.

“Mas basic ito na draft document na kinakailangang matalakay sa mga forum. It may be an aid, it may help somehow, pero wala pa ring maaring pumalit sa masusing diskusyon at debate, sa proseso na bukas para sa lahat,” he said.

Source: msn

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