Imee tells brother Bongbong: ‘Stand firm and put an end to People's Initiative'

Senator Imee Marcos (left) is asking her brother, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr (right) to hold his ground and end all the drama surrounding the people’s initiative (PI) to amend the 1987 Constitution. - Senate PRIB, Official Facebook page of Bongbong Marcos

MANILA: Senator Imee Marcos has asked her brother, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr, to hold his ground and end the uproar surrounding the people’s initiative (PI) to amend the 1987 Constitution.

In a televised interview, the senator admitted that she hadn’t seen her brother. But when asked what her advice to her brother was, she immediately said: “Stand firm and put an end to this PI.”

“Until now, he says that we need to study it [and] consult legal luminaries. The Commission on Elections, on its own, has said that the signatures are still alive – there’s no deadline, there’s no expiry date, and they can be used and recycled for future effort. Let’s set that aside. It’s illegally and unconstitutionally obtained. Let us not let this happen,” said Imee Marcos in an interview over ANC’s Headstart on Thursday (Feb 1).

“Perhaps he can make a very firm and clear stand. Put an end to the PI, and let’s do this properly together, and there will be no controversy,” she added.

According to the senator, her brother is too kind. She, however, emphasised that kind people often get abused.

Early this week, President Marcos has acknowledged that the PI has been politicised.

Nevertheless, Marcos remained firm in his position that the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution must be changed. However, he is unsure if the PI approach is still a workable option for his administration. - Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

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