By Genalyn Kabiling
President Rodrigo Duterte has imposed a six-month timetable for new committee that will review the 1987 Constitution to complete its job.
In Executive Order No. 10, the president directed the “consultative committee” to ensure “transparency” and “extensive participation” of Filipinos in its review and consultations about the Constitution.
The committee, created via the E.O. No. 10 signed by Duterte last December 7, will be composed of 25 members appointed by the president representing various sectors.
“There is a need to review the 1987 Philippine Constitution to ensure that it is truly reflective of the needs, ideals and aspirations of the Filipino people, and to ensure that the mandate of the people, as expressed thereon, is responsive to the changing times,” the order read.
The review will cover provisions of the Constitution “but not limited to the provisions of the structure and powers of the government, local governance, and economic policies.”
The committee, it added, “shall endeavor to complete its work on or before the lapse of six months from the date it is convened. After its presentation to the President of the its report, recommendations and proposal, the Committee shall wind up its operations.”
The president is expected to transmit the committee’s recommendations to Congress, and by that time, the committee shall be dissolved.
Under the executive order, a chairperson will preside over the committee’s deliberations. Executive secretary Salvador Medialdea is expected to sit as an observer during the committee discussions.
The president also imposed certain requirements for the appointment of committee members:
- natural-born citizen and resident of the country
- at least 25 years old
- a qualified voter
- has recognized probity, independence, nationalism, patriotism and experience in his field
The committee will also formulate and adopt its internal rules in conducting the study, review, and consultations on the provisions of the charter.