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Guingona: Consistency, not Charter change, needed


Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III: No to Charter change. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Consistency in government policies would attract foreign investors more effectively than altering the economic provisions of the Constitution, a Liberal Party senator said on Sunday.

“What we need to do is strengthen our institutions, remove corruption, make government more efficient, create jobs and hasten the delivery of justice,” said Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III in a radio interview.

“These are the things that would attract foreign investors and I don’t think we need to change the Constitution just to achieve any of these,” he added in Filipino.

Guingona said it would also be better if the high cost of energy was addressed and peace and order were preserved.

Any investor who wishes to make money would surely prefer a neighboring country that sells electricity at a lower price, he said.

More importantly, Guingona said, the government should be consistent with its policies as flip-flopping in its decisions could only send investors away.

The senator gave this statement to address the growing clamor, especially from congressmen, to take a second look at a suggestion to amend the Constitution, or Charter change (Cha-cha).

Guingona noted, for instance, the need to revise economic provisions of the Constitution and allow foreigners to own real estate in the country and set up businesses here permanently.

“The question that always recurs to me is why China, for example, operates under a system identical to ours where foreigners are also not allowed to own land but they are very prosperous and have many foreign investors,” Guingona said.

“Even in Singapore, foreigners cannot purchase land but they are very prosperous. Maybe just like Singapore, if we strengthen our government institutions and enliven the delivery of social services first, perhaps we don’t need to pay attention to Cha-cha suggestions at the moment,” he said.

Guingona said foreign investors had repeatedly said they appreciated environments where government policies were consistent.

“They want a government that keeps its word. They don’t like it when a government says something one day and another thing the next,” he said.

In the absence of policy predictability, he said an investor loses interest and looks somewhere else.

Guingona maintained that the solutions for the moment were “basic concerns” that would not require any alterations to the Constitution.

“The issue of kidnappings, for example, is an issue with foreign investors that cannot be resolved by Cha-cha. If you have a headache, you just take a pill to relieve the pain. There is no need for an operation,” he said.

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Tags: Business , Charter change , consistency , foreign investors , Government , Teofisto “TG” Guingona

  • johndoe_phil

    More than consistency we need concrete changes not abstract ones which is so desired by this new comer. It is just the same as we need honest to goodness politicians.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    that’s not sen. Guingona’s picture.
    Sen. Guingona is the real true, brilliant senator.

  • disqusted0fu

    Both charter change and consistency are needed in our government. We obviously have neither that’s why our foreign investments are fairly low. Many have already said to strengthen our institutions, remove corruption, make government more efficient, create jobs and hasten the delivery of justice but these things don’t happen because they are never really done

  • ConcernedCitizenPh

    Sen Guingona is correct. The problem however is when will the government start addressing the need to strengthen our institutions, remove corruption, make government more efficient, create jobs and hasten the delivery of justice? The call for charter change is due to the failure of the government to address those needed reforms. The government cannot even enforce accountability anymore. Liquidation of expenses by mere certification is now even accepted by COA.

  • Maurise Pelasco

    Ayaw ni PNOY sa Charter change pero pinipilit pa rin ni Alan Cayetano. Anuvah!

  • Ahmed Calupaz

    Charter change one of the priorities of Sen. Alan Cayetano. Way to prolong his stay in power

    • john quincy

      Alan Cayetano wants to amend the Constitution to insert provision
      extending term of office. No way!

  • RR Ferreld

    Alan Cayetano pabor sa Charter change para ma-extend term niya sa Senado

    • sdayan

      No to Charter reforms. Tumigil na si Alan Cayetano sa kalokohan niya

  • beatmanny

    specifics, mr guingona. otherwise, you and your patron small lady can kiss pnoys a$s.

  • CyberPinoy

    “What we need to do is strengthen our institutions, remove corruption,
    make government more efficient, create jobs and hasten the delivery of
    justice,” said Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III in a radio interview.

    - Mr. Senator This has been the goal of PH since its founding after WW2, but did anything happen to do this ? This are all easier said than done mr Senator, bold words but did not say how to do is similar to just bragging comments. I think the best thing to do is change the state framework law that will lead to this “government more efficient ..etc etc” and that can only be viable at achievable thru Charter Change.


    we change policies as we change our leaders. some if not all are interested on the personal benefits it can derive from their policies. TJ is right!

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