SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
Voting viva voce, the House of Representatives adopted Tuesday night House Concurrent Resolution No. 09 entitled: “Concurrent Resolution To Constitute The Congress Of The Philippines As a Constituent Assembly For The Purpose Of Proposing Amendments To, Or Revision Of, The 1987 Constitution”.
As described in the resolution, the Constitution is the fundamental and paramount law which provides the framework of governance, as well as the instrument of the people to secure their rights and promote the common welfare.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (1st District, Davao del Norte), one of the authors of the resolution, said recent events show there is a need to introduce reforms in the present Constitution for it to be responsive to the exigencies of the times.
“This includes the need to provide a long-term solution to the decades-old conflict in Mindanao and to spur economic regional development in the countryside, and provide impetus to much-needed socio-economic and political reforms,” Alvarez said.
He said the overwhelming victory of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who stood on a platform for a shift from a unitary to a federal system of government, among others, did not only sustain but likewise affirmed the clamor and sentiment from a broad cross-section of society seeking a review of certain provisions in the 29-year old Philippine Constitution to make it more attuned and responsive to the demands of present conditions and economic realities. / MVIP