THE snowballing move to rewrite the Philippine Constitution hinges on the greater consideration that
shifting to a federal form of government should benefit the Filipino people and the country.
Other quarters even argued that the country’s Constitution needs to be rewritten now since it
was reportedly written in “haste and hate” during the administration of the late President Cory Aquino.
Thus, we doff our hat to the House of Representatives for remaining on track with its discussion
on the proposed Charter Change despite the budget deliberations and impeachment proceedings.
Along with the eradication of the drug menace and corruption, the shift to the federal system of
government is one of the priorities of the Duterte presidency, which ends on June 30, 2022.
House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez said that a group commissioned by the administration
party PDP has already submitted to him its own draft of a federal constitution of the Philippines.
Alvarez, a Mindanaoan like President Duterte and Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, said
he had it reproduced and sent to party members so they can study the proposed provisions.
President Duterte had earlier created a 25-member commission to study and propose a draft
By the first quarter of next year, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives may
convene themselves into a constituent assembly and start deliberating on proposed drafts of the Charter.
Of course, we want to believe that a new federal constitution is in place by the end of
President Duterte’s six-year term. He assumed the country’s top political post on June 30, 2016.
In the view of more and more Filipinos, we are in for more troubles and problems if we fail to
change the form of government before the Chief Executive leaves Malacañang in 2022.