SENATOR Panfilo Lacson expressed confidence that his colleagues will support his plan to convene the Senate as a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) separate from the House of Representatives.
“I think palatable ito sa kasamahan ko. Kasi sa akin meron pa kaming fallback. Nag-constitute kami bilang ConAss bilang Senado, at halimbawa may mag-question nito ‘di pa kami nakakapasok o sumanib sa joint session,” Lacson said in a radio interview.
Lacson is set to file a resolution this coming week that would constitute the Senate as a separate Con-Ass to ensure that the upper chamber is not rendered irrelevant in amending the Constitution.
The senator argued that it would be better to constitute the Senate as a Con-Ass because if the Senate agrees to a joint session -- where three-fourths of all members are needed to amend the Constitution -- the upper chamber would be irrelevant since they’re outnumbered by congressmen.
“Ang aking resolution kung halimbawa nag-form ang Senado into a ConAss at ito kinwestyon at tapos nakuwestiyon ng kung sinumang taxpayer at mag-rule ang SC (Supreme Court) voting jointly nasa sa amin kung papasok kami sa joint session,” he said.
The senator said the two chambers can reconcile any conflicting provisions in a bicameral committee.
Lacson pointed out that his proposal would divide the Senate and House of Representatives into different committees.
“Parang committees on suffrage, preamble, amendments, executive and legislative, judiciary, ganoon din. Puwede mag-overlap ang committees puwedeng isang senador puwede magkaroon more than one committee sa dami ng provision. Depende sa dami ng provision na aamyendahan,” he said.