Lacson files reso to constitute Senate as constituent assembly

MANILA, Jan 15 (Mabuhay) — Senator Panfilo Lacson filed on Monday a resolution calling for the constitution of the Senate into a constituent assembly (ConAss) to propose amendments to or revise the 1987 Constitution.

Lacson filed the resolution amid statements from leaders of Congress that Charter change (Cha-cha) will be a priority this year to pave the way for the shift to a federal form of government.

Majority of senators said they will not agree to a joint voting if and when Congress convenes for Cha-cha.

In Senate Resolution No. 580, Lacson pointed out that “the framers of the fundamental law are silent on how the Congress should meet in effecting this change in the Constitution.”

“The current maelstrom generated by the differing opinions on how this amendments to or revision of the Constitution should take place and the ambivalent political positioning of those favoring one or the other mode of effecting such change has caused bitter political bickering between and among our current political leaders in both houses of Congress,” Lacson said.

A three-fourths vote out of 23 senators is needed to adopt proposed changes to the Constitution.

During a press briefing last week, Lacson said his proposed set-up will ensure that the Senate is not rendered irrelevant in amending the Constitution. (MNS)

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