AN opposition solon is insisting that Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) is still the best mode for Charter Change (Cha-Cha).
Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza, during the public hearing by the House Committee on Constitutional Convention, voted no to Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) which was being pushed by the House leaders.
According to Atienza, Con-Con is the best way to achieve Charter reforms, as it is clearly the path of least resistance.
“If we want Charter reforms to succeed, we have to do it right. We have to learn the lessons of the past,” Atienza said.
Before the session break, the committee approved a substitute measure calling for the House of Representatives to convene as Con-Ass to lead the amendments of the Constitution.
President Rodrigo Duterte chose Con-Ass over Con-Con to prevent the government from spending too much in amending the Constitution.
But Atienza believed that Con-Con is more acceptable to the people than Con-Ass.
“There is definitely less resistance to, and more support for a constitutional convention in the House as well as in the Senate,” he said.
Atienza said previous administrations had tried, without success, to sell to the people the idea of Congress converting itself into a constituent assembly for the purpose of revising the 1987 Constitution.
Those strongly opposed to a constituent assembly were mostly wary that members of Congress might introduce self-serving amendments, including the lifting of restrictions to the number of terms they and their family members may serve in elected offices.