The move to introduce changes in the 1987 Constitution via a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) has begun to snowball in the House of Representatives (HOR).

This, after two House Deputy Speakers in Cebu-3rd district Rep. Gwen Garcia and Batangas 2nd district Rep. Raneo Abu both withdrew their respective measures calling for a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con), which was the other popular mode for Charter change (Cha-cha) among congressmen.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:01

House begins Con-Ass, Con-Con deliberations


The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments is set to begin today its deliberations on proposals calling for a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) and Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) as a mode of amending the 1987 Constitution to pave the way for a federal system of government.

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MANILA, Philippines – President Duterte can do away with the multibillion-peso cost of holding a constitutional convention (con-con) if the number of delegates is reduced to 80 or even 18, according to Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman.

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ILOILO CITY — An official of the Catholic Church in Iloilo is opposing a move led by President Duterte to amend the Constitution through a Constituent Assembly (Con-ass).

“A Con-ass is dangerous because this could be exploited by politicians for their personal and political agenda,” said Monsignor Meliton Oso, executive director of the Jaro Archdiocese Social Action Center.

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Monday, 01 August 2016 15:28

What’s with ConAss?

What’s in a mode of amending the Constitution? The Makabayan bloc in the House of
Representatives immediately reacted with vehemence when the President announced that the
Constitution should instead be revised through a Constituent Assembly to save some P6 billion,
the estimated cost of creating a Constitutional Convention.

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Monday, 01 August 2016 11:17

Con-ass will create even fatter dynasties

EXPECT POLITICIANS to invoke their favorite but deeply flawed “Vox populi vox Dei” line.

Sen. Nancy Binay once sneered: “It’s the people who will vote.” Is it really the people who will vote? Studies show otherwise.
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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Senate President Franklin Drilon filed a resolution pushing for constitution convention to revise the 1987 Constitution.

Drilon said there is a need to re-examine the 29-year-old Constitution and see “if it is still attuned or responsive to the demands of present-day realities."
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