Manila, Philippines – The fate of the Charter change (Cha-cha) bill depends on the “critical mass of support” that would convince President Benigno Aquino III to rally behind the infamous measure, the chairman of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments said.
Misamis Occidental Rep. Loreto “Leo” Ocampos said they are not giving up in pushing for the bill that calls on Congress to constitute itself as a Constituent Assembly to propose amendments to certain economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.
“We need to build a critical mass of support to convince Malacañang,” Ocampos said.
Ocampos panel is currently deliberating the “substantive aspect, but not on the mode” of the measure, which has earned the Executive’s lukewarm stance.
He said they are exhausting all means to work towards the passage of the bill, which is in the hands of both houses of Congress.
When asked if they would use a cyber-campaign for Cha-cha through social networking sites, the Visayan lawmaker said they are currently in a “best-efforts” mode to intensify the Cha-cha trail. (Charissa M. Luci)