Vice President Leni Robredo urged officials to focus on responding to the COVID-19 crisis instead of pursuing other issues such as charter change.
In her weekly radio show with co-host Ely Saludar on Sunday, July 19, Robredo reacted to the charter change proposal backed by some mayors in the League of Municipalities of the Philippines in the middle of the pandemic.
The Vice President believes pursuing charter change at this moment would not help in stopping the transmission of the coronavirus in the country.
“Kung ano-anong iniisip na hindi naman makakatulong sa COVID. Ako, kung gustong pag-usapan iyong charter change, eh di pag-usapan – pero huwag naman sana sa panahon ngayon,” said Robredo.
(They’re thinking of things that don’t even help in the COVID-19 response. For me, if we want to talk about charter change, sure, but let’s not pursue it at this time.)
She also pointed out that recent events such as the passage of the Anti-Terror Law and the non-renewal of the franchise of broadcast network ABS-CBN were “not the answers to stopping COVID-19” in the country.
She added that everyone should be “all hands on deck” in efforts like addressing the concerns on jobs and businesses. and improving the capacity of hospitals.
“Iyong gagastusin natin para sa charter change, sana gastusin na lang natin sa testing kits, gastusin natin sa mga ospital na ngayon ay isa-isa nang nagiging puno,” the Vice President continued.
(What we would spend on charter change, let’s just use it for testing kits, let’s spend it on hospitals that are reaching full capacity one by one.)
Robredo also suggested that leagues of barangays, municipalities, cities, and provinces should have representatives in the government’s inter-agency task force combating COVID-19.
The mayors argued that revising the Constitution would pave the way for local governments to generate more revenues. They also support the removal or adjustment of limits on foreign ownership and investments in the current 1987 Constitution. – Rappler.com