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Amendatory phase (Final)

Fissures on edified discourse of Charter change (Cha cha) have been overtaken by alliances of contrasting colors and clashing motives – ambition/vested interests – to railroad federalism and under Smartmatic?

NOW that President Duterte has created a consultative committee on Charter-Change and named former Chief Justice Reynato Puno to head it, many people feel the proceedings are well on the right track.

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The House of Representatives will convene into a Constituent Assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution with or without Senate participation.

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Notwithstanding the fact that there are more legislative proposals calling for the convening of a Constitutional Convention to revise the 1987 Constitution, the House Committee on Constitutional Reform chose Constituent Assembly as the mode of pursuing Charter change.

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THERE are three ways by which amendments to the Philippine Constitution may be proposed. One is by Congress, upon a vote of three-fourths of all its members. Another is by a Constitutional Convention (Con-con). The third is by People’s Initiative, whereby a proposal is approved by at least 12 percent of the total number of the country’s registered voters, and by at least 3 percent of the votes in each of the nation’s congressional districts.

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The push for a constitutional convention was among the topics of the meeting with incoming president Rodrigo R. Duterte and leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Friday night, according to MNLF chair Abul Khayr Alonto.

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