Charter change in the midst of COVID-19 ill-timed
Drilon says no need for charter change
MANILA – Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon said he will block attempts to push for Charter Change in Congress while the country’s reeling from COVID-19 pandemic. It will be recalled over 65,000 Filipinos have been infected by the virus while more than five million are out of work. The economy has been left crippled by the pandemic.
He said what the country and its people need are food and livelihood. He called on the Cha-Cha advocates to forego their plans and attend to the people’s needs.
In a radio interview over DzBB, Drilon said the probable reason behind the charter change maneuvers is to postpone the 2022 national and local elections and do away with the politicians’ term limit.
He said the issue is divisive as he expressed hope his colleagues will see other priority measures that should be given due course.
“We in the Opposition will block the move for charter change. Senate President Vicente Sotto III earlier said Charter Change is not among the priorities of the Senate. (Melo M. Acuña)
Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon. (File Photo/Melo M. Acuna)