Duterte wants ‘out,’ wants Charter change hurried Duterte wants ‘out,’ wants Charter change hurried
By Raynan F. Javil Reporter
Duterte wants ‘out,’ wants Charter change hurried
Posted on October 31, 2016
Speaker of the House of Representatives said his chamber will meet its
original target date of 2019 to come up with a draft Constitution, in
time for its submission to a plebiscite along with the midterm elections
President Rodrigo R. Duterte himself had urged Congress to
“hurry up the process” in his expressed wish to step down early ahead of
his six-year term.
“Yes. We’ll do it,” Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez said in a text message.
Asked if the House was on track to meet its target date, Mr. Alvarez
To be sure, an executive order (EO), as also recommended by Mr. Alvarez,
has yet to be issued seeking to establish a 25-man constitutional
commission tasked with writing a draft Charter for subsequent
deliberation in Congress.
Mr. Alvarez said he “will check” on the status of the EO, which has been
forwarded to the Palace in late August and is pending with the Office
of the Executive Secretary.
In a speech in Cotabato City on Oct. 29, Mr. Duterte said: “Kapag natapos iyan ng tatlong taon (When this is completed in three years), asahan ninyo, I give you my word: Kapag nandiyan na ’yang framework (When the framework is there), I will resign to give way to a new President. Wala na kayong isipin pa (You have nothing more to think of).”
“Ako na sana mismo ang magsabi alis na ako. Hindi ako maghintay ng six years (Let me be the one to say that I want out. I won’t wait for six years),” he also said.
“Just hurry up the process. Kapag nandiyan na ’yang federal, tapos paghati-hatiin na ’yung region, federal region ganun, at more power iyan sa baba less power doon sa itaas at kayo na ang bahala kung ano ang nakita ninyo dito
(Once the federal [system] is in place, the regions will be carved up
into federal regions, and there will be more power below and less power
in high [office], it’s up to you what you’ll see here),” he added.
The drive toward federalism is in keeping with Mr. Duterte’s
election-campaign platform early this year to have the country
Mr. Alvarez had earlier said he hoped the EO would be signed by
September, after which the constitutional commission would have been
formed in October.
The House targets the last three years of Mr. Duterte’s administration
as a transition period toward federalism. The general election scheduled
in 2022 will be held under the new Charter, if approved in a
Meanwhile, the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments has already
passed a resolution calling for Congress to convene itself into a
constituent assembly and has formed a technical working group to
consolidate related resolutions in the House.
Besides constituent assembly and people’s initiative, the other mode
provided by the 1987 Constitution for revising the charter is the
holding of a constitutional convention. But Mr. Duterte had set aside
that plan because of its estimated cost of P7 to P8 billion.
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