Robredo backs consultative body to review the Constitution, but questions cha-cha

Manila Philippines – In her weekly radio program “Biserbisyong Leni”, Robredo said she is in favor of the creation of the 19-member consultative body to review the 1987 Constitution to introduce possible amendments and pave way for federalism form of government.

This statement from Vice President Leni Robredo came after President Rodrigo Duterte announced the composition of the said committee.

On Friday, the lawmakers also welcomed the creation of the said body tasked to the Constitution.

“This is a welcome development because in recent weeks, it has been a little alarming because there is the impression that this is being rushed with the House of Representatives immediately approving itself as Constituent Assembly,” Robredo said in radio program.

“Our Constitution is not something to tinker with haphazardly. This needs a comprehensive study, and the public should be given a chance to be heard. The more debates we have on it, the better,” Robredo said.

President Duterte announced that the following individuals will be part of the Committee. They include:

Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno; Randolph Climaco Parcasio who is affiliated with Nur Misuari’s wing of the Moro National Liberation Front; retired Supreme Court associate justices Bienvenido Reyes and Antonio Eduardo Nachura; Dean Ranhilio Callangan Aquino of San Beda College of Law; political science professor Edmund Tayao of UST; former Dean Julio Teehankee of the De La Salle University’s College of Liberal Arts.

Meanwhile, Robredo said that reviewing the Constitution could wait.

“My concern is, there is a question that needs to be answered first. Is Charter change the only way to give a certain autonomy to the local government units? Can’t this be resolved by amending the Local Government Code?” she said on a side line interview during her visit to evacuees affected by the eruption of Mayon Volcano.

 Source: Manila Times

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