- The Makabayan bloc in the House of Congress expressed opposition to the proposal of the newly-elected House Speaker Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez to push through with Constitutional Assembly
- The bloc warned about politicsl dynasties which might prioritize their vested political interests
- The Duterte administration has vowed to push for various reforms including the shift of form of government from unitary to federal
The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives expressed opposition to the proposal of the newly-elected House Speaker Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez to push through with Constitutional Assembly (Con-Ass) to amend the constitution in line with the proposed shift from unitary to federal form of government.
The bloc composed of representatives from Gabriela, Bayan Muna, Kabataan, Act Teachers and Anakpawis among others urged the house speaker to reconsider his stance which favors Constituent Assembly as the method of amending the constitution adding the possibility of political dynasties prioritizing their vested political interests considering that many of the members of the House of Congress are part of political families.
"We thus urge Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to reconsider his stance favoring Constituent Assembly as the mode for amending the Constitution. Makabayan is open to charter change if it will empower the poor, the oppressed and national minorities, enshrine national industrialization and genuine agrarian reform, and promote equitable distribution of wealth, through a mode acceptable to the people—but certainly not through Constituent Assembly", the bloc added.
“We, Makabayan bloc in the House of Representative, express our objection to the proposed Constituent Assembly. Con-Ass will not be acceptable to the people as they perceive Congress to be dominated by political dynasties and fear that vested and self-serving interests would inevitably influence proposed changes to the Constitution,” according to the militant bloc.
Alvarez earlier explained that President Duterte prefers Con-Ass over the Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) which is believed to be more expensive. The estimated cost for Con-Con is around P6 to P7 billion.
"Makabayan will strongly oppose any effort to revise the Constitution that will do away with its protectionist economic provisions, remove the anti-dynasty clause, and lift term limits of elected officials", the statement said.
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