House adopts Con-ass resolution

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By a viva voce vote, the House of Representatives adopted Concurrent Resolution 9 paving the way for Congress to convene into a constituent assembly (Con-Ass) and switch to a federal form of government.

The resolution was approved on Tuesday night despite objections of members of Makabayan bloc led by ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio and Anakpawis partylist Rep. Ariel Casilao.

The 1987 Constitution states that the Congress, as a Con-ass, may propose amendments to, or revise the Charter. The Duterte administration wants to federalize the Philippine government.

Concurrent Resolution 9 states that Con-ass is the preferred mode of introducing amendments to the Constitution “since it is deemed the most expeditious, open and least costly among the options contemplated.”

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said earlier that convening into a Con-ass was the top priority of the House this year.
The committee on constitutional amendments is in the process of drafting a new Constitution to be presented to the Con-ass.