Mayor Alfred Romualdez

CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, PALO, Leyte– Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez has expressed his support for Charter Change(Cha-Cha) but was quick to say that his support would depend on what provisions would be amended.

“If the aim is simply change for the sake of change, I am not inclined to support it. However, if the proposed changes will enhance the competitiveness of the Philippines on the global stage, then count me in,” he stated on Monday (Feb.12).

The city mayor was interviewed after attending the 33rd founding anniversary of the Philippine National Police here where he was the main guest.

Romualdez emphasized the importance of considering the sacrifices made by our heroes, who fought for the nation’s sovereignty and the ability to determine its own path.
He stressed the need for broad stakeholder involvement in the Charter Change process, encompassing economic and political sectors alike.

Reflecting on past political systems, Romualdez noted, “We had a political system where a president served two terms of four years each, and it worked.” He highlighted the significance of open communication, dialogue, and due process in resolving issues.

“I believe in lively debate rather than silence. Let us return to the approach of the 1950s, where members of Congress engaged in vigorous debate, leading to innovative ideas,” the city mayor said.

He viewed the ongoing discourse between senators and congressmen, particularly the exchange between House Speaker Martin Romualdez and Senator Imee Marcos on Charter Change, as a positive example of public deliberation.

Romualdez expressed confidence in the process, trusting that thorough discussion and debate will lead to informed decisions. (LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)