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Hearing on constitutional changes in the House

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The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments held its opening hearings on various constitutional amendment proposals on Wednesday.

The hearing’s panel chair, Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City, urged for the call of a Constitutional Convention to consider constitutional revisions.

He claimed that doing this would dispel any concerns that the constitutional reform would serve the interests of elected officials special interests and personal goals.

He outlined the problems with other constitutional amendment ideas, saying that the Senate would be impacted by the move toward a unicameral Congress and that the planned term extension for public officials would raise the issue of conflict of interest.

When we suggest extending our terms from three to four or five years, Rodriguez added, “the public will realize that these are incumbent members of Congress and people will conclude that this is for the members of Congress’ own self-interest.”

Because of this, he continued, “I am forced to ask for support for the call for a ConCon given the experiences in previous Congresses.”

Rodriguez is the author of House Joint Resolution 12, which specifies that the Constitutional Convention must include elected representatives from every region of the nation.

The “most democratic” and “least divisive” way to update the Constitution, according to Rodriguez, also said that the committee would take its time choosing the changes.

“We won’t rush through these (measures). These fundamental law resolutions that have been filed are of the utmost importance, he stated.

He stated that MPs will have hearings and consultations on the proposals not just in Congress but also around the country.

We guarantee that everyone who wants to speak will be given the opportunity to do so on any of the eight measures we have already received, he said.

House Bill 4926, House Bill 4421, Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) 1, RBH 2, RBH 3, RBH 4, and RBH 5 are more suggestions.

Author of Resolution of Both Houses 1, Pampanga Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr., suggested giving the president, vice president, members of the House of Representatives, and municipal officials longer terms.

The Senate and House of Representatives are urged by Resolution of Both Houses No. 1 to form a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) in order to modify the terms of office of the President and other elective authorities.

Instead of the current six years without reelection, Gonzales suggested in the resolution that the terms of office for presidents and vice presidents be established at five years with one reelection.

Gonzales stated that it seems “insufficient” to adopt long-term projects and policies during the current six-year mandate.

“With a national debt of more than PHP12 trillion as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and most recently the high gasoline costs brought on by the Russia-Ukraine war, we are finally on the road to recovery. A longer-term policy on strong and competent leadership should be implemented since a long-term solution is needed, the speaker stated.

He said the “clear majority mandate” that President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte received from the Filipino people would be our citizenry’s approval to move forward with the topic of changing the Charter.

According to the resolution, the president and vice president candidates must be from the same political party and must run for office together.

A further goal of the resolution is to convert the present three-year terms of elected local authorities, with the exception of barangay officials, to five-year terms, with a maximum of two consecutive terms of five years.

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