The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has yet to decide whether to support or not the Charter Change initiative being pushed in Congress.
PDP-Laban leader, Senator Francis Tolentino said their party hopes to resolve the issue when it meets on March 21. Four party senators will attend the meeting
Sen. Robinhood Padilla, a party member, actively pushes to amend the the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution. The two other PDP-Laban senators are Bong Go and Ronald Dela Rosa.
In a previous interview, Padilla said there are four to five senators who would likely support the measure. Dela Rosa, however, jokingly told reporters the number still might drop. Go, for himself, said that if the proposal to amend the Constitution would come to a vote, he would consider the interest of the Filipino people and the poor.
Acknowledging that the 1987 Constitution may need to be revisited to adapt to the modern times, Go said there are other ways to improve the economy without amending the charter. “We can still pass laws, bills that can help our economy without opening the charter,” he noted. ###