When Malacañang drumbeaters flew a trial balloon on another round of charter change a few weeks ago, it basically signaled the exploration, if not a serious attempt, at initiating the process. Of course, this will certainly be within the context of term extension.
However, a few were puzzled when Senator Pimentel launched a charter change initiative–ostensibly for federalism–just a few days ago. Just as swiftly, Secretary Bunyi announced that the Palace has no plans for charter change at this time.
The Pimentel move is supported by 10 senators, including Senate President Manny Villar. What gives? The logical suspicion–given the consistent anti-cha-cha position of most senators is that it is a gambit essentially to preempt a reportedly serious Palace decision to launch a charter change initiative in the few months remaining before the 2010 election fever sets it. It is a political thrust designed to control the tempo on the issue and prevent it from endangering the 2010 elections.
The Palace denial, in this light, is a move of somebody with hands caught in a cookie jar, especially after the past record of failed cha-cha attempts and the broad hints of the past few weeks. An indication of the true intent of Malacañang will be the rumored Cabinet rigodon next month.
As it is, GMA is still maintaining all options, including negotiations with presidentiables.