Comelec suspends proceedings for people's initiative

Comelec suspends proceedings for people’s initiative to amend Charter

/ 01:34 PM January 29, 2024

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said that they will halt all proceedings related to the signature drive for amending the 1987 Constitution via people’s initiative (PI).

Commission on Elections chairman George Erwin Garcia talks to the media at Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum in Malate, Manila, in this file photo taken on January 24, 2024. file photo / Ryan Leagogo

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said it will halt all proceedings related to the signature drive for amending the 1987 Constitution via people’s initiative (PI).

This includes the Comelec’s acceptance of signatures in their local offices.


In a press conference in Manila, Comelec Chair George Garcia said that the commission has decided to suspend all PI proceedings to make way for reviewing and amendment rules regarding the initiative.


“This is an act of due diligence on the part of Comelec en banc,” Garcia said.

“Kapag pinayagan namin ang pagtanggap [ng pirma] tapos alam naming may problema…kami po ang masisisi,” he continued.

(If we allow the acceptance [of signatures] while knowing there is a problem…we will be blamed.)

He said that the current rules that the Comelec has relied on regarding PI proceedings, Resolution No. 10650, needs to be updated and enhanced to further expound on how the commission will exercise jurisdiction on any PI petition filed before them.

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“Hindi siya ordinary rules, siya ay rules para sa pagbabago ng ating Saligang Batas,” the Comelec chair noted, stressing on the gravity of the resolution.

(These are not ordinary rules; these are rules for changing our Constitution.)

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Garcia said the suspension is indefinite until the Comelec comes up with the enhanced and revised rules on PI.

“The Comelec will suspend, in the meantime, everything,” he emphasized.

TAGS: charter change, Comelec, People's Initiative

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