Charter change moves for Federalism is dead in the Senate - Lacson

Charter change moves for Federalism is dead in the Senate - Lacson



The 1987 Constitution provides 3 ways for charter change, namely:

  • Constituent-Assembly (Con-Ass), through which only members of Congress have the power to choose the changes that will be made on the Charter;
  • Constitutional Convention (con-con), in which Filipinos will select the people who will amend the Charter; and
  • "People's Initiative," which involves a petition of at least 12 percent of the total number of registered voters.
Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson (photo credit to owner)

 Senator Panfilo Lacson made a statement that the current proposed charter change being pushed by the administration is dead in the Senate.

“Right now the proposed Cha-cha is just waiting to be cremated.”

Lacson said that all senators are in agreement that they will not make any move that would initiate charter amendments.

“Solid ang Senado na hindi kami papasok sa isang cause of action. Meaning hindi kami gagawa ng aksyon na magkakaroon ng oportunidad na kekwestyunin sa Supreme Court at 'di na kami makaatras. As of now, we will just fold our arms and do nothing.” 

The former Philippine National Police Chief believes that the Senate will be trapped if it will initiate a resolution convening the Senate and House of Representatives as a constituent assembly as a way of charter change.

The House of representatives has already adopted a resolution convening itself as a constituent assembly, which the senate has reluctantly not done.

Lacson agrees with Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri that they will not preempt the Senate committee on constitutional amendments and revision of codes.

“If you notice nandun pa sa committee level at ang pinag-uusapan pa lang ano ang mode na gagamitin. We are not about to preempt yung ginagawa ng committee,” he said.

Lacson further explains that if the Duterte administration would really push for charter change, it should be done through a constitutional convention (con-con) wherein delegates would be elected to review and amend the 1987 Constitution.

“May iba pang mode, pwede naman ang con-con, bakit kailangang pilitin ang con-ass,” Lacson said.

Lacson would agree to a constituent assembly (con-ass) if only the economic provisions will be reviewed and amended.

“Kung ako ang tatanungin, kung economic provisions lang marami ang papayag kasi ang ating 1987 Constitution is too nationalistic, naging overprotective, nasama ang economic provisions, constraint tayo ng provision ng Saligang Batas,” he said.

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2 Comments

  1. Ang Senate ayaw talaga sa federalism kc most of them di pwede tumakbo. Dalawa lang pwede per region. Ngayon halos lahat Ng senators from capital regions.

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  2. Ang Senate ayaw talaga sa federalism kc most of them di pwede tumakbo. Dalawa lang pwede per region. Ngayon halos lahat Ng senators from capital regions.

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