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Friday, August 22, 2008

Gordon bats for Cha-cha after 2010

By: Jess V. Antiporda - Tonight

“I AM in favor of amending the constitution but only after the 2010 elections, this was what Senator Richard Gordon told newsmen who attended the Usapang Daungan news forum held at the Danarra Hotel.

Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, on the other hand said in a Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Kapihan ng Bayan news forum in Sulo Hotel that there is no better time to change the Constitution than now, because there is no assurance that no one would oppose Charter change after the 2010 elections.

Macalintal said many are threatened, because they suspect that Charter change will be used to extend the term of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“But if she is unpopular, why not let her run again? If she is unpopular she would be a very easy target and easy rival in 2010, so why be afraid if GMA runs again?” Macalintal asked.

As for the issue on cheating, the election lawyer said that with the success of the automated polls in the ARMM, there is no room for election shenanigans in 2010, and if politician allow themselves to be cheated when they know they would be cheated, then they do not have any business in politics.

“So amend the Charter now. Let it include a provision for PGMA, Ramos (Fidel Ramos), and Erap (Joseph Estrada) if they like to run again. Matira ang matibay,” he added.

Meanwhile, Gordon wants to give the president two terms instead of one and lift the term limits of all local executives.

In a weekly news forum Usapang Daungan forum, Gordon said he would bat for these amendments in the Constitution. However, changes should be done after the 2010 elections.

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