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Drilon calls for LP meeting on Charter change, Aquino 2nd term

Posted On 2014 Aug 22
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President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the singing of the National Anthem during the ceremonial signing of Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of the Malaca?n Palace on Wednesday (May 15). The K to 12 program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship. In photo are Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., Senators Ralph Recto, Franklin Drilon and Edgardo Angara, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., and Representatives Rosenda Ann Ocampo and Neptali Gonzales II. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the singing of the National Anthem during the ceremonial signing of Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of the Malaca?n Palace on Wednesday (May 15). The K to 12 program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship. In photo are Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., Senators Ralph Recto, Franklin Drilon and Edgardo Angara, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., and Representatives Rosenda Ann Ocampo and Neptali Gonzales II. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon on Thursday confirmed that he had endorsed a meeting among Liberal Party (LP) members to discuss the issue of Charter change.

However, he said it would also tackle President Benigno Aquino III’s decision not to push through with a second term.

“(Budget) Secretary (Florencio) Abad suggested that a meeting should be held (and) I endorsed that,” Drilon told media after a mass for the late Ninoy Aquino at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque.

He said there is no schedule yet.

Asked what they would discuss, he said, “Para liwanagin na talagang ang sabi nga ng Pangulo ay hindi nga s’ya interesado sa second term.”

(To clarify that what the President said was that he is not interested in a second term.)

Hindi s’ya interesado doon sa pag-amyenda ng saligang batas during his term so para matapos din (‘yung usapin),” Drilon added.

(He is not interested in amending the Philippine Constitution during his term so the issue should stop there.)

Drilon said he believes Aquino is “averse to a second term.”

Meanwhile, he said their agreement at Congress was to let the House of Representatives push through with their resolution on amending the economic provisions of the Constitution.

Kung matapos nila maipasa nila, dadalhin sa Senado,” he said.

(If they are able to approve it, it will be brought to the Senate.) (MNS)

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