AMID the budget deliberation and impeachment proceedings, the House of Representatives remains on track with its discussion on the proposed Charter Change, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez assured the public, adding that the form of government will surely be changed under the Duterte administration.
The shift to a federal form of government is among the main campaign promises of Duterte.
“Patuloy po ang committee hearings niyan (federalism) since last year dito sa amin sa House of Representatives. Ang alam ko tapos na sila sa committee hearings,” Alvarez said in an interview.
Alvarez said a group commissioned by the administration party PDP has also submitted to him their own draft of a federal constitution of the Philippines.
He said he had it reproduced and sent to the party’s members so they can study the proposed provisions.
Alvarez noted that President Duterte has created a 25-man commission to study and prepare a draft federal constitution.
“Siguro pagkatapos nun by first quarter next year, maybe we can agree to convene Congress into a constituent assembly and start deliberating on the proposed drafts of the constitution,” Alvarez stressed.
Alvarez said they will exert all efforts to ensure a new federal constitution is in place by the end of Duterte’s term in 2022.
“Well, talagang sisikapin natin dahil kung hindi yan napatupad sa administrasyon na ito wala na po sigurong pag-asa yan na maipatupad. Kasi kung titingnan ninyo sa lahat ng kumandidato pagka presidente tanging si President Duterte lang ang mayroong adbokasiya ng federalism,” the House leader said.
- Published in Nation