Romualdez says role in Cha-cha signature drive 'purely advisory'
Romualdez says role in Cha-cha signature drive 'purely advisory'
Romualdez says role in Cha-cha signature drive 'purely advisory'
by Christhel Cuazon30 January 2024
Photo courtesy: House Speaker Martin Romualdez Facebook page

House Speaker Martin Romualdez on Tuesday clarified that his role in the People’s Initiative (PI) movement for Charter change (Cha-cha) is "purely advisory" only.

"I wish to clarify my position and involvement regarding the People’s Initiative for Modernization and Reform Action," Romualdez said in a statement.

"I acknowledge that representatives from the [PI], including Mr. Noel Oñate, have approached me for a meeting. This encounter, held at my townhouse, was in the spirit of open dialogue and understanding of civic actions spearheaded by our citizens," he said.

His statement comes after People's Initiative for Modernization and Reform Action (PIRMA) lead convenor Noel Oñate admitted before a Senate inquiry today that he sought the help of Romualdez in gathering 3% of signature for the cha-cha agenda.


Senator Imee Marcos, in the same inquiry, also presented a photo of Oñate with Romualdez, Ako-Bicol Rep. Elizaldy Co, and several lawyers with a caption “People’s Initiative for Charter Change Staff Meeting” dated January 8, 2024.

"It is crucial to clarify that while I support the spirit of civic engagement and participatory governance, my involvement in the [PI] has been purely advisory and in no way extends to mobilizing or leading their signature campaign," Romauldez noted.

"The initiative and its operations are entirely led and managed by the group themselves," he continued.

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