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Pumirma kahit ‘di binasa! Salceda shocked Arroyo struck out in VP Leni in Cha-Cha succession

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Albay Rep. Joey Salceda revealed that he was shocked that his former professor, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, had the audacity to strike out Vice President Leni Robredo from the line of succession in the former president’s proposed charter change (Cha-Cha).

In an interview with Karen Davila, Salceda admitted he signed Arroyo’s Cha-Cha without reading all of its provisions.

“Ang kapal kasi nun hindi ko napansin na tatanggalan si ano sa line in succession,” Salceda said.

Section 4, Article XVII, on the Transitory Provisions of Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) No. 15, authored by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and 21 other lawmakers.

Resolution of Both Houses No. 15 authored by Arroyo and 21 other lawmakers stated: “In case a vacancy arises by reason of removal, resignation, permanent incapacity or death of the incumbent President, the incumbent Senate President shall act as President until a President shall have been chosen and qualified.”

Davila pressed Salceda on whether he believed that most congressmen were like him, sign bills without reading the fine print. But the former Albay governor digressed and instead fawned on the economic revisions pushed by Arroyo.

“Sinabi ko nga pero definitely hindi ako sang-ayon doon sa provision na iyun and the context of all of it. Of course, kasi maganda yung kanyang ecomic provision as always the Speaker,” said Salceda.

Salceda was also aghast why Arroyo would push for “unli” term limits in the latest Cha-Cha when her previous attempt during her Malacanang stay was struck down because of her proposal to scratch the one-term limit for the President and VP.

“Si Speaker Arroyo ay talagang alam naman niya kung bakit namatay ‘yung Charter Change, either ‘yun nga ang dinangle noong araw tapos ida-dangle mo na naman. Kasi if that’s the only reason you’re changing the Constitution is to protract the longevity I don’t think that’s the correct way,” Salceda said.