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House panel OKs resolution proposing a constitutional convention

/ 02:34 PM February 20, 2023

House panel OKs the resolution proposing a constitutional convention

The plenary hall of the House of Representatives. (Photo from the Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines — The proposed Resolution of Both Houses calling for a constitutional convention to amend the 1987 Constitution was approved by a House of Representatives panel on Monday.

During the House committee hearing on constitutional amendments, 16 lawmakers voted in favor of the still unnumbered committee report that would consolidate several resolutions seeking constitutional convention.


Three lawmakers voted against it, while one abstained.


The committee had conducted several hearings on proposals seeking constitutional amendments and revisions, where both sides of the fence were asked about their views regarding Charter change (Cha-cha).

While several legal luminaries claimed that the time was right to amend the 1987 Constitution, some sectors feared that the two primary goals of Cha-cha — amending term limits for elected officials and removing restrictive economic provisions — would hurt national security.

READ: Ex-SC justice wants Constitution amended: Lack of clarity in amendment provisions problematic

READ: Makabayan bloc: Absurd to push for Cha-cha amid economic crisis

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President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., however, had clarified that amending the 1987 Constitution would not be needed for the government to bag foreign investments.


READ: Charter change not needed to get foreign investments – Marcos

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