MORE and more people are pleased at the prospect of speeding up the amendment of the 1987 Constitution as proposed by reform-minded President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
This after President Duterte established a 25-member Constitutional Commission (Con-Com) that will help Congress study proposed changes in the country’s Constitution.
Philippine Constitution Association (PHILCONSA) President Martin G. Romualdez, a former member of the House of Representatives, lauded the latest move of Duterte, the first Mindanaoan to hold the top political post of the land.
“The Constitution is again in the limelight because of the aspiration of the new administration to have a federal form of government that is responsive to the needs of the people and meet the exigencies of the nation,” said Romualdez.
The Chief Executive has stated, quite clearly, that he wants to hasten the shift from presidential to federal form of government, which is seen to address the violence in Mindanao.
Thus, it appears urgent on Duterte’s allies to push for the convening of the two-chamber Congress into a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) for the purpose of amending the fundamental law of the land.
Camarines Sur. Rep. LRay Villafuerte said that the executive and legislative branches of government could now put the federal switch on the fast lane at the onset of 2017.
Villafuerte said that “with the creation of the Con-Com, which will have six months to come up with proposed reforms, would keep on schedule Duterte’s goal of facilitating the federal shift in his watch.”
For his part, House Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu of Batangas withdrew his bill calling for a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) to support Con-Ass.
Like Romualdez, a lawyer/banker by profession and husband of Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez, we are 100% supportive of Duterte’s dream of instituting much-needed reforms in this impoverished nation.