Congress should not rush Char­ter change — Mar­cos

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - SINO CRUZ IRENE R .

SINCE the Con­sti­tu­tion is a very im­por­tant doc­u­ment, Congress should not rush work on its amend­ments, for­mer Sen­a­tor Fer­di­nand “Bong­bong” Mar­cos said yes­ter­day.

“I think it is op­ti­mistic (of Congress) to think that they can fin­ish it this year,” Mar­cos said when asked about the Lower House’s ef­forts to push for rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the amended Con­sti­tu­tion dur­ing the Barangay and SK elec­tions this year.

Dur­ing yes­ter­day’s 888 News Fo­rum at the Marco Polo Ho­tel in Cebu City, the for­mer sen­a­tor said the amend­ments should be fully ex­plained to the Filipino peo­ple.

“We have to study it well. We have to try to do the best that we can for the Philip­pines to have a good sys­tem in place,” Mar­cos said.

Mar­cos ques­tioned the Congress pro­posal for a con­stituent as­sem­bly to amend the Con­sti­tu­tion.

“How do they vote? How will the con­stituent as­sem­bly be con­ducted? I don’t think you can put a time limit on it,” he said.

The House ear­lier in­sisted that vot­ing on the amend­ments should be done jointly while the Se­nate main­tained that it should be done sep­a­rately.

The for­mer sen­a­tor said he fa­vors a “fed­er­ated form of gov­ern­ment” since it would trans­late to more power for the lo­cal gov­ern­ments. /

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