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Huwag magtipid: Con-con spending an investment, not an expense, says Atienza

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Kung kaya nga ng gobyerno ng gumastos P26 billion para maghalal na pangulo, kaya din nitong maglaan ng P8 bilyong pondo para pumili ng mga delegates o kakatawan para sa isang Constitutional Convention na siyang bubuo ng isang bagong Saligang Batas.

Ito ang paulit-ulit sinasabi ni House deputy minority leader at Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza tungkol sa kagandahan ng paggamit ng Con-con kumpara sa Constituent Assemby bilang mode o paraan para irebisa ang 1987 Charte.

“We should not hesitate to spend for the preparation of a new Constitution that could free up the national economy from the clutches of oligarchs, build genuine peace and order, provide full employment and guarantee every Filipino family a rising standard of living,” Atienza said.

“Congress should treat the spending for a Constitutional Convention as an investment in the future of our children, and in the future of our children’s children. We should not treat it as an expense,” dagdag pa nito.

“This is the first time in nearly 30 years that we will be rewriting the 1987 Constitution. We might as well invest wisely in perfecting a truly responsive and highly relevant new Charter through a Constitutional Convention.”

Ginawa ni Atienza ang pahayag kasunod nang sinabi ni House majority leader at Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas na mas makakatipid ang gobyerno ng P2 bilyon kung Con-Ass ang gagamtin sa halip na Con-con.

“Next year, we will be spending another P6 billion for the barangay polls. Is the House majority telling us that electingbarangay officials that we will replace in three years is more important than voting for a Constitutional Convention? ” tanong ng mambabatas.

“We can spend P6 billion for the barangay polls, but we cannot spend P8 billion for a Constitutional Convention?” giit pa nito.

Sa Con-con, ipinaliwanag ni Atienza na maghahalal ang tao ng kinatawan na siyang magrerekomenda ng pag-amiyenda ng Konstitusyon.

“In a Constituent Assembly, Congress itself sits down to pu forward modifications to the Constitution.In both cases, the proposed changes will require final direct approval by the people in a referendum,” paliwanag pa nito.