Close  

Alvarez: 37% of Pinoys in favor of Charter change ‘encouraging’

/ 05:41 PM August 02, 2016
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/LYN RILLON

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/LYN RILLON

Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez on Tuesday said that the Pulse Asia survey remains encouraging for Congress to propose amendments to the Constitution.

Alvarez made the statement about the Pulse Asia survey conducted from July 2 to 8, which showed that 44 percent of 1,200 Filipinos surveyed do not want Charter change.

ADVERTISEMENT

On the other hand, 37 percent said they think the Constitution should be amended while 19 percent remain undecided.

 

READ: 44% of Filipinos do not want Charter change—Pulse Asia 

Alvarez said the margin of Filipinos supportive of Charter change was bound to increase after an intensified education campaign about federalism. President Rodrigo Duterte had wanted Charter change to shift the form of government from unitary to federal.

“I am not worried with that. I am encouraged with the 30 percent, that’s a good number because the more that you will inform and educate the populace the people, I think pag nag-intindihan nila yan, aakyat ang numbers (when they understand it, the numbers will go up),” Alvarez said in an interview on the sidelines of the majority caucus meeting at the House of Representatives.

Alvarez reiterated his proposal for the President to issue an executive order to create a 25-member constitutional commission to create a draft Charter for Congress to consider.

READ: Alvarez calls for constitutional commission to allay fears in Con-Ass

Alvarez said he would pitch the following constitutional law experts to be members of the constitutional commission—former Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno; former Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr.; lawyer Reuben Canoy; dean of San Beda Law School Fr. Ranhilio Aquino; and representatives from non-governmental organizations, the academe and other sectors of society.

Critics warned that political clans and business groups in Congress would use  Charter change to push for vested interests, such as lifting the term limits of elected officials and easing the foreign ownership restrictions in the 1987 Constitution.

ADVERTISEMENT

READ: Militants oppose Con-Ass, warn of dynasties’ vested interests

The minority bloc led by Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr. would push for a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) to amend the Charter. Under Con-Con, delegates would be elected to represent the people in amending the Charter.

Because Con-Con would cost government some P6 to P7 billion, Duterte said he preferred a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass), under which Congress would convene to propose amendments to the Charter. RAM/rga

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Charter change, Con-Ass, Con-Con, constituent assembly, Constitution, constitutional convention, Pulse Asia survey, Speaker Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
usa

How Much Did Toy Story 4 Make?

September 20, 2019 08:25 AM

usa

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Review

September 20, 2019 08:23 AM

usa

Jeff Bezos: Amazon Pledge for the Next 10 Years

September 20, 2019 08:21 AM

newsinfo

DOJ: No rearrest order yet for released convicts

September 20, 2019 07:54 AM



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.