- House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is deviating from predecessor Rep. Pantaleon Alavarez's insistence of non-convention with the Senate in cha-cha
- Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfredo Benitez and Nueva Ecija 4th District Representative Magnolia Antonino arranged press briefing confirming said step of the House
- According to the two, Arroyo's allies would be willing to compromise with Senate if the latter choose not to convene con-@ss
House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is spearheading the House of Representative's initiative to working closely with the Senate.
KAMI learned about Arroyo's move during a press briefing held on Tuesday, July 31, at the House of Representatives. In it were Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfredo Benitez and Nueva Ecija 4th District Representative Magnolia Antonino.
During the press briefing, the two representatives relayed what they had talked with the House Speaker during a meeting prior to the said press briefing. Benitez confirmed the clear intention of Arroyo in convening with the Senate.
"We will be working closely with the Senate and find a common ground to push forward the approval of the federal constitution. We will work hand in hand with them."
"And we invite the Senate to convene into a Constituent Assembly (Con-@ss) so that we can make the first step in moving forward with this issue." He said in a report by Rappler.com.
According to them as well, the Lower Chamber has already expressed its approval of a joint session with the Senate to convene into a constituent assembly. Nonetheless, the Senate is still not making any move yet, thus a pending status.
It can also be noted that one of the reasons why former House Speaker Pantalaeon Alvarez got ousted is due to his idea of a non-convention with the Senate toward a federalist constitution.
Benitez and Antion also assured that if ever the Senate doesn't move to convene, another solution could be resorted to by the House. Arroyo's allies, according to them, will be willing to have a sit-down session with Senators in meeting halfway on the pending con-@ss.
Prior to the draft federalist constitution's handover to the congress, President Duterte had already pioneered talks and plans of forging ahead a charter change.
In another report, Gloria Arroyo dismissed claims that her speakership is prelude to being the first prime minister under a federal parliament.
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