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A Con-con at the start of the new administration

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.

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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MANY changes are expected in the incoming Duterte administration. The new president will undoubtedly take immediate action on his campaign promise to stop illegal drugs in the country in three to six months. He will go all-out in implementing the Reproductive Health (RH) Law enacted during the Aquino administration. He will mobilize the military and the police in a campaign to bring about peace and order in Mindanao.

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The president of the Philippine Constitution Association strongly rallied behind president-elect Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte’s proposed federal form of government.

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An ally of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte is urging members of Congress to submit to the electorate the question of calling a constitutional convention to propose revision of the 1987 Constitution to establish a federal system of government.

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