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House panel approves resolution on ConCon charter revision

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At the House of Representatives committee level, a resolution for a constitutional convention (ConCon) to change the 1987 Constitution failed.

The still-unnumbered resolution of both chambers was passed by the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments on Monday at the hearing with 16 votes in favor, 3 votes against, and 1 abstention.

One representative from each parliamentary district in the nation will attend the ConCon.

The calling of a constitutional convention to propose amendments to the Constitution, to be composed of elected delegates from all legislative districts of the nation, was described in the resolution as “the most transparent, exhaustive, democratic, and least divisive means of implementing constitutional reforms” among the three methods of doing so.

In order for the Philippines to compete on a global scale and adapt to the times, the resolution referenced studies demonstrating the necessity to study and rewrite specific economic provisions of the Constitution.

The election of representatives from each legislative district to the constitutional convention is suggested to take place in October 2023, either separately from the rescheduled barangay elections or concurrently with them.

The 1987 Constitution’s revision is not one of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s goals for his government, he previously stated.

“It’s not a top priority for me because there is still a ton to do,” the speaker said.

In a media interview, Marcos said: “There are so many other things that we need to do first that we can do if we can get what we want but within the constraints of the Constitution’s wording.

Yet, he acknowledged the House of Representatives efforts to include economic clauses in the 36-year-old Constitution in order to support initiatives that would boost economic activity, generate job opportunities, combat poverty, and lower the cost of goods and services.

“The economic provisions are the reason why it’s being discussed. Nita has the desire to make an investment if the situation calls for it. We wish to make additional investments, but there are occasionally roadblocks, as you may have noticed. You are aware of the problems there,” he replied.

While all of these are being discussed, he continued, “But for me, lahat itong mga pinag-usapan kaya nating gawin na hindi palitan ang Saligang Batas (we can do without altering the Constitution).”

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