LAWMAKERS WARN HOUSE SPEAKER ALVAREZ VS. PUSHING FOR CHA-CHA WITHOUT SENATE
Senators are not backing down from House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's statements that nothing would stop the Cha-Cha or Charter Change Train even without the senators onboard.
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon warned Alvarez and other members of the House of Representatives who are pushing for a joint voting in Congress that the Lower House's Cha-Cha Train get derailed even before it leaves the station.
Senator Francis Pangilinan on the other hand, also had a similar warning to the Speaker and his allies in Congress.
He said they should be careful with how they are rail roading the charter amendment since senators are not only against it but joining them is the public.
However, Speaker Alvarez did not stop at his pronouncements againts his colleagues in the Upper Chamber.
On Thursday, the Speaker also urged the public not to vote for the senators who are against federalism.
This was downplayed by Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III who said he is not worried of issues like that.
Meanwhile, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel said that despite Alvarez pronouncement, Senate wil wait for the Lower Chamber's output, whether they will submit it to the Senate or not.
Last Tuesday, the House adopted Concurrent Resolution No. 9 which seeks to convene Congress into a Constituent Assembly to amend the charter.