Leyte 4th district Rep. Richard Gomez (In photo, left) and Senator Robin Padilla (right) finally met Tuesday morning March 21 to discuss the controversial lsubject of Charter change (Cha-cha).
(Photo from Rep. Gomez's office)
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Leyte 4th district Rep. Richard Gomez and Senator Robin Padilla finally met Tuesday morning, March 21 to discuss the controversial subject of Charter change (Cha-cha).
But the two weren't alone--the meeting took place within the larger gathering of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) lawmakers at the Manila Golf and Country Club.
Gomez confirmed in a statement Tuesday afternoon that the party's position on three issues--the mode of constituent assembly (con-ass), economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution, and separate voting between the House and Senate--were discussed by the attending solons.
"We presented this to our leadership in the HOR (House), with Deputy Majority Leader Dong Gonzales, Majority Leader Mannix Dalipe and the Speaker [Martin Romualdez]," Gomez said.
Gomez further said that Romualdez "agreed with our discussions this morning at the Manila Golf and said, 'If those are the conditions the Senate wants, we will submit'".
Gomez is a House assistant majority leader, while Padilla is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Reivision of Laws.
Gomez and Padilla are two famous, contemporary actors who crossed over to politics.
The two were supposed to meet in the Senate Monday, March 21. Gomez was supposed to accompany Padilla’s House counterpart, Cagayan de Oro City 2nd district Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, to a hearing on Cha-cha in the Senate.
The invite for Rodriguez to attend the Senate hearing was canceled.