GORDON URGES DEBATES IN CONGRESS ON MODE OF AMENDING CHARTER

With the clamor for Charter Change a burning issue, Senator Richard J. Gordon today called for debates in Congress on the mode to be used for amending the Constitution.

Gordon said the members of Congress should debate on the merits of having either Constitutional Convention or Constituent Assembly, two of three modes of amending the Charter, to determine the best way to amend the Constitution.

“At the same time, with the present call to change the form of government to federalism, I also urge both Houses of Congress to debate on which among the types of federalism we want to adopt and whether we want amendment or revision. We should also create the baselines for amending the Constitution. Which provisions do we want to amend and why? We had a bad experience with previous attempts at amending that we had,” he said.

Gordon said he is in favor of amending the Constitution, but the amendments should be introduced piecemeal to allow people to understand better why such provision needs to be amended. He added there should not be a repeat of the previous attempts at amending the Constitution where people were asked to vote on unclear provisions without making them understand the amendments.

In line with this, the senator filed a Joint Resolution No. 1 calling for specific amendments to the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution to give it the flexibility to allow the Philippines to properly adapt to the changing global economy through appropriate economic laws and policies enacted by Congress.

“There are some restrictive and anti-competitive economic provisions of the Constitution that need to be amended or revised to allow more investments in the country and better efficiency in the economy,” he stressed.

Gordon, who was chairman of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes in the 14th Congress, was the youngest elected delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention.

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