Lac­son pos­i­tive of get­ting sup­port to con­sti­tute Se­nate into a ConAss

The Freeman - - NATION -

Se­na­tor Pan­filo Lac­son ex­pressed op­ti­mism that he will get the sup­port of his fel­low sen­a­tors on his plan to con­sti­tute the Se­nate as a sep­a­rate con­stituent assem­bly (ConAss) from the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

"I think palat­able ito sa kasama­han ko. Kasi sa akin meron pa kam­ing fall­back. Nag-con­sti­tute kami bi­lang ConAss bi­lang Se­nado, at hal­im­bawa may magques­tion nito 'di pa kami nakaka­pa­sok o sumanib sa joint ses­sion," Lac­son said in a ra­dio in­ter­view on yes­ter­day.

The se­na­tor ear­lier said he will file a res­o­lu­tion next week that would con­sti­tute the Se­nate as a sep­a­rate ConAss to en­sure that the up­per cham­ber is not ren­dered ir­rel­e­vant in amend­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion.

Lac­son ar­gued that it would be bet­ter to con­sti­tute the Se­nate as a ConAss, sep­a­rate from the lower house, be­cause if the Se­nate en­ters in a joint ses­sion— wherein three-fourths of all mem­bers are needed to amend the Con­sti­tu­tion—the up­per cham­ber would be ir­rel­e­vant since they're out­num­bered by con­gress­men.

The se­na­tor said the two cham­bers can rec­on­cile any con­flict­ing pro­vi­sions in a bi­cam­eral com­mit­tee.

"Ang ak­ing res­o­lu­tion kung hal­im­bawa nag-form ang Se­nado into a ConAss at ito kin­west­yon at ta­pos nakuwestiyon ng kung sinu­mang tax­payer at mag-rule ng SC (Supreme Court) vot­ing jointly nasa sa amin kung pa­pa­sok kami sa joint ses­sion," he said.

Lac­son's res­o­lu­tion will run counter to the res­o­lu­tion to be filed by Se­nate President Aquilino "Koko" Pi­mentel III call­ing for a ConAss for the pur­pose of re­vis­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion and to study the adop­tion of a fed­eral form of gov­ern­ment.

The se­na­tor said his pro­posal would di­vide the Se­nate and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tive into dif­fer­ent com­mit­tees.

"Parang com­mit­tees on suf­frage, pre­am­ble, amend­ments, ex­ec­u­tive and leg­isla­tive, ju­di­ciary, ganoon din. Puwede mag-over­lap ang com­mit­tees puwe­deng isang senador puwede magka­roon more than one com­mit­tee sa dami ng pro­vi­sion. Depende sa dami ng pro­vi­sion na aamyen­da­han," Lac­son said. —

LAC­SON

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