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It’s a no! CamSur Rep. Bordado votes against charter change approval

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Camarines Sur Rep. Gabriel Bordado Jr. voted against the approval of the charter change resolution at the House of Representatives.

Bordado said that he has been supporting a federal form of government since 2008, particularly the model drafted by former Senate President Nene Pimentel.

“In fact, I was once a member of the panel of speakers led by Commodore Dante Jimenez (now the PACC Chairman) and erstwhile UP President Dr. Jose Abueva drumming up public support for the shift from the current unitary government to a federal form of government,” Bordado said.

However, the CamSur solon said that he had “misgivings” with Resolution of Both Houses No. 15 proposing the revision of the 1987 Constitution.

“Some of these misgivings–the lifting of term limits for us and the deletion of the provision against political dynasties, among others–were articulated by our colleagues who managed to interpellate the sponsor,” said Bordado.

“I was listed as Interpellator no. 10 but the process was unfortunately abbreviated,” he added.

The solon also said that he is “disturbed” by a survey showing that the vast majority of the Filipinos oppose Charter Change.

“But more than anything else, Madam Speaker, I am disturbed by the findings made by reputable polling firms showing that an overwhelming majority of our people are against or, to put it mildly, not interested in revising the 1987 Philippine Constitution,” he said.

“Madam Speaker, as a representative of the people, I am, therefore, voting “no” to the proposed Resolution of Both Houses No. 15,” Bordado concluded.