Constitutional Commission seen as best option for Philippine shift to federalism

  • Page Views 1172
  • In support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to shift from a presidential form of government to federalism in the Philippines, Congressman Mayo Almario of the 2nd District of Davao Oriental proposed to revise the Constitution through a Constitutional Commission or Con-Com.

    The present 1987 Constitution (Article XVII) provides for three modes of revising the Constitution: Congress upon three-fourths vote of all its members; a constitutional convention; and people’s initiative.

    Almario said that the fourth mode is possible. Under his proposal, Congress, in addition to its legislative functions, shall convene itself as a constituent assembly for August and September only.

    Its sole purpose is to amend only Article XVII of the 1987 Constitution and all other provisions related thereto to effect the inclusion of the Con-Com as the fourth mode.

    The assembly’s output or the Con-Com provision shall be subjected to a plebiscite to be synchronized in the scheduled October 2016 barangay elections.

    If approved in the plebiscite, the country will have its 2016 Constitution with only the Con-Com and other related provisions added.

    Under this 2016 Constitution, the president shall then appoint 100 members to the Constitutional Commission who shall be bonafide representatives of not more than 20 legitimate sectors of the society.

    The Con-Com shall be given from January to May 2017 or five months to draft the new proposed constitution which will embody the shift to federalism and will include all other economic, political and other provisions as may be agreed.

    The plebiscite for this draft constitution shall be held in September 2017.

    If the new proposed constitution is ratified in the September 2017 plebiscite, the country will have the new 2017 Constitution under a federal form of government.

    The 1987 Constitution was perfect for the Filipinos emerging from the Marcos era but it has shown obsolescence in its almost 30 years of existence.

    Almario said that the current Congress, acting as an assembly, may come up short in overhauling the present constitution considering that charter change is a pressing issue.

    “The need to revise it has come and the best of the best must do the job of revising it. The best qualified people like Fr. Joaquin Bernas and Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban will never be politicians enough to run in a Con-con election, only the politicians and their protégés will – never mind if there are some who know less about the constitution. That’s why the need for the best people to draft the eventual 2017 constitution has to be appointed by the president,” he said.

    Almario also said that Congress cannot afford delays in its legislative functions especially when it conducts budget deliberations. “Having a Con-con election will usher in never-ending debates as to the qualification of candidates, manner of election, participation of Smartmatic, budget concerns, protests by losing candidates and many more. As such, Congress’ legislative functions will be the collateral damage,” he added.

    “The Constitutional Commission is the best way to revise the constitution. It is fast, time-bounded, and least expensive. It is not divisive as there will be no election for a Con-con. It will not further stress the already election-fatigued Filipinos,”Almario concluded.

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 24 May 2017
      2 days ago No comment

      Pinoy tracksters bag 4 medals in Singapore Open

      Philippine bets delivered one gold, three silver and three bronze medals in the 79th Singapore Open Track and Field Championships held recently at the Singapore Sports Hub National Stadium in Singapore. University of Perpetual Help System Dalta standout Francis Medina won the lone gold medal for the Philippines when ...

    • 24 May 2017
      2 days ago No comment

      Joshua out to revive boxing from the pits

      EVERYBODY’S talking about Anthony Joshua, the bombastic British boxer. After Joshua stopped Vitaly Klitchsko last weekend, he immediately earned tons of adulations. Well, the fact that Joshua survived a fourth-round knockdown and then scored an 11th-round knockout is not something to sneeze at. Applause, applause! It is always a ...

    • 24 May 2017
      2 days ago No comment

      Pacquiao as a family man

      There, indeed, is a sumptuous buffet of stories revealing some surprising aspects of Manny Pacquiao’s life that inspire parents and fans alike to emulate. One is his being a trough and through family man. With what he aimed for in his first week of sweating it out already attained, the ...

    • 23 May 2017
      3 days ago No comment

      Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao

      Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23. Duterte placed Mindanao under martial law after deadly clashes between government security forces and Islamic State group-linked militants in Marawi City. The announcement was made by his spokesman at a press conference in Moscow where Duterte was ...

    • 23 May 2017
      3 days ago No comment

      Mulawin vs. Ravena all set to take flight beginning May 22

      It has been 12 long years since GMA Network marked history with its highly-successful and ground-breaking telefantasya, Mulawin, which captivated the hearts of many Filipinos all over the country. This May, GMA raises the bar even higher and takes flight again with the much-anticipated sequel to the highly-acclaimed saga, ...

    %d bloggers like this: