Filipinos see no urgency in Cha-cha –survey

Published January 20, 2021, 6:12 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Only 23 percent or 2 out of 10 Filipinos agree that it is urgent to discuss Charter change at this time.

This was the result of the survey on Charter change conducted by Catholic church-run Radio Veritas from January 4 to 18, 2021.

The Veritas Truth Survey released Wednesday showed that a majority of Filipinos or 75% disagree on the urgency of the issue of Charter Change.

The remaining 2 percent are still “undecided” on the said issue.

Veritas said the strong public opposition, as indicated by the results, may reflect that there are more pressing concerns that the respondents feel that the government’s time, treasure, and talent should be dedicated to.

“Changing our Constitution is such a serious matter for the entire country, because it will determine the future of our country politically, that we must make the widest consultation on this regard for adequate information, discussion and education. This is the only way we want public opinion to shift more favorably in the future,” VTS head Bro. Clifford Sorita said in a statement.

“Prudence dictates that we alleviate such apprehension by guaranteeing such process is guaranteed through communicative rationality,” he added.

The latest VTS survey, which has a +/- 5% margin of error, involved a total of 600 respondents nationwide with their answers gathered through a text-based and online data gathering process. 

The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments convened on January 13 to continue discussions on Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) 2 filed by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco.

It seeks to amend the restrictive economic provisions of the Constitution to attract foreign investments and help the country recover from the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.