Congress eyes TWG to draft revisions to Constitution

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - News - Mikee Cervantes) (Filane

CEBU - Both houses of Congress have agreed to form a joint technical working group (TWG) that will draft proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution even without the Constitutional Commission (Con-com), a body of experts to be formed by Malacañang that will aid Congress in proposing Charter changes.

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said the TWG will be composed of at least six to 12 members from each chamber to draw up a working draft that shall be deliberated upon by Congress when it convenes into a Constituent Assembly. “Ang napag-usapan namin, if we cannot wait for the commission being created by the President, both houses magbubuo na lang kami ng parang Technical Working Group,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the creation of a 25-member Con-com body that would review the 1987 Constitution and make recommendations toward a systemic shift to federalism. However, Malacañang has yet to name the members of the Con-com.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Congress will convene itself as a Constitutional Assembly next year to introduce amendments to the 1987 Constitution. In December 2016, Duterte signed Executive Order 10, creating a consultative committee, composed of 25 different experts from the country that will review the Constitution.

Duterte has been pushing for a shift from a unitary form of government towards a federal system to allow the better distribution of public services.

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