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Duterte gives charter review body 6 months to do its job

Multisectoral committee to review 1987 Constitution formed under president’s EO No. 10

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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.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the 7th Anniversary of the Federalismo Alyansa ng Bicol at the Legazpi Convention Center in Legazpi City, Albay on December 8, 2016. (SIMEON CELI JR./Presidential Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the 7th Anniversary of the Federalismo Alyansa ng Bicol at the Legazpi Convention Center in Legazpi City, Albay on December 8, 2016.
(SIMEON CELI JR./Presidential Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

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.

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  • Van Kevin

    maganda ang plano ni digong sa ating bansa kaya matuto tayong rumispeto sa mga desisyon nya.

    • Ron Sevilla

      wag kayong magpapaniwala sa bulok na sistema ni dugong.

      • marilou dado

        manahimik ka nga!wala kang kwenta.

  • buche

    Oh! Mahaba na yang deadline na yan ng Presidente ah. Baka naman wala pa silang magawa nyan!

  • bubuy

    panigurado maisasakatuparan na ang Charter Change na yan kasi naman mahabang panahon na ang binibigay ni tatay digong!