MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 27, approved on second reading a resolution that seeks to amend the economic provisions of the Constitution.
Voting was done via viva voce.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr told reporters after the voting that he was “very happy” about the result.
A pet project of Belmonte, the economic charter change proposal seeks to add the phrase “as may be provided by law” to at least 7 sections of the Constitution. This would allow Congress to pass enabling laws that would lift bans on foreign ownership of land and mass media.
The proposal – a joint resolution from the Senate and the House – needs the two-thirds vote of the 291-member House to pass on 3rd reading.
Belmonte said the House is set to pass the resolution on 3rd and final reading by next week.
While the House is expected to pass the proposal, Senate President Franklin Drilon said as early as September 2014 that the Senate does not have time to discuss charter change.
Pending in Congress at present is the proposed Bangsamoro basic law, which implements the peace deal between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Congress is set to adjourn session on June 11. Lawmakers will report back for work in July for the final State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III. – Rappler.com
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