ANTIPOLO City, Rizal – Even after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. made an announcement favoring congressional action over People’s Initiative as an avenue in amending the 1987 Constitution, the controversial signature campaign continues in this component city.
But while Antipolo City 2nd district Rep. Romeo Acop confirmed that a signature campaign for a People's Initiative (PI) is being carried out in his district, he insisted that such a collection of signatures had no monetary strings attached to it.
"Meron nangyayaring signature campaign sa aking distrito," the veteran solon said in an interview.
"But I can assure you na kung merong pumipirma don, walang bayad," noted Acop, whose congressional district covers barangays Calawis, Cupang, Dalig, Inarawan, San Jose, San Juan, San Luis and San Roque.
"You can go there in my district [to check]," he added.
To say that the PI movement has been controversial is an understatement. Over in the Senate, Senator Imee Marcos filed last week a resolution that sought to investigate the alleged bribery of Filipinos in exchange for their signatures.
Alluding to this, Acop said: "Yun ang prerogative ng Senate, kung mag-imbestiga sila di ba? Bahala sila."
At the House of Representatives, militant legislators forming part of the Makabayan bloc also filed a resolution seeking to investigate the signature drive concerning the PI.
"Kung ano ang desisyon ng aming authorities, e susunod kami run," Acop said of the House measure.
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