Palace: Opposition's tactical alliance vs Cha-cha premature

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Friday, August 22, 2014

MALACANANG shrugged off Friday reported plan by the minority block in Congress to have tactical alliance with other political parties to oppose Constitutional amendments, particularly on the political provisions.

In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, however, said that the opposition's move for a tactical alliance was premature since there were no moves yet from Malacanang to push for Charter change.

"Whatever tactical alliance that they are going to do, it's way premature considering that at this present stage right now the President is still mulling and discussing it or thinking about Cha-cha," he said.

"So as to concrete moves taken, no concrete moves have taken place. So it's up to that minority to do tactical alliance," Lacierda said.

He added that some people have different notions of what Charter change is, noting that some have expressed preference in changing the economic provisions only of the Constitution.

"So let them discuss what kind of alliance they have, it's a free country," the Palace official said.

President Benigno Aquino III, in a recent television interview, had expressed openness in amending the Constitution.

He also said that he would listen to his "bosses," the Filipino people, when asked the possibility of lifting his term. (SDR/Sunnex)

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