SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
13 February 2017 08:09:55 PM
House Deputy Speakers Ferdinand L. Hernandez and Frederick F. Abueg listen intently as Rep. Roger G. Mercado (Lone District, Southern Leyte), chairman of the House committee on constitutional amendments, said the much-awaited bill seeking to amend the Constitution through a Constituent Assembly (con-ass) will be tackled in plenary by May this year. Mercado said the bill prescribes con-ass as the mode of charter change. As to the manner of voting, which may be done separately by the House and the Senate, Mercado said this can be introduced as an amendment to the bill during the plenary proceedings. He said there will no longer be public consultation on the mode of cha-cha, but the committee will instead engage in information dissemination to inform the people about what federalism is, what are the federal states, and what will be the workings, benefits, disadvantages, and advantages of federalism.