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Hilbay: Duterte shouldn’t initiate Cha-cha

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By Jeffrey Damicog

Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay believes it shouldn’t be President Rodrigo Duterte who should initiate moves for charter change.

(photo by abogado.com.ph)

(photo by abogado.com.ph)

The University of the Philippines (UP) law professor pointed out that the President is “not even the proposing entity under the Constitution.”

“It’s either Congress or a constitutional convention,” Hilbay explained during his interview Thursday over CNN Philippines.

“Obviously the interest of the President is entirely different from the interest of the people on this particular matter,” he added.

Duterte had formed a 22-member Constitutional Committee (Con-Com) to form a draft charter for the proposed federal government.

Last July 4, the Con-Com announced that it has finished the draft of the proposed charter which will be submitted to the President on before July 9, in time for his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23.

Citing a recent study, the former Solicitor General said that most Filipinos don’t want the country to change into a federal form of government.

“The number shows Filipinos don’t want it,” he pointed out.

In a list of 15 priorities, Hilbay noted that most Filipinos placed charter change last at three percent.

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