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    Philippine church opposes Cha-Cha

    THE head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Friday expressed strong opposition on the calls to amend the Constitution, saying a change in the law of the land would only benefit one person.
    CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas was reacting on reports that President Benigno Aquino III is open to the idea of Charter Change, particularly in extending his term.
    "As a citizen I cannot lend support to constitutional amendments that merely serve the purposes of one office-holder or one class of persons," he said in a text message to reporters.
    The Constitution prohibits the President to run for reelection. Aquino's 6-year term is set to end by June 30, 2016.
    The Lingayen-Dagupan prelate noted that changes in the Constitution can only be realized if it would benefit the country and to address issues of uncertainties in the law.
    "Constitutional amendments are justified only in the measure that they redound to the benefit of the nation and address long-festering problems arising out of ambiguities in the Constitution," Villegas explained.
    He added, "We can not support the proposed curtailment of the power of judicial review. Against the heavy hand of the State or transgressions of the Constitution by politicians, judicial review is the only recourse of the hapless citizen."
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