Nat’l referendum simultaneous with the 2016 polls proposed PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 December 2015 14:42

A House Resolution calling for a referendum to let the electorate decide whether or not to call for a constitutional convention to propose amendments to, or revision of, the 1987 Constitution has been referred for consideration by the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments.

“There are proposals from various sectors to amend or revise the 1987 Constitution in order to cope with the growing demands of the modern times,” Mountain Province Rep. Maximo B. Dalog stressed.

Dalog, author of HR 2384 calling for said referendum, pointed out that “in order to resolve the issue on whether or not to amend or revise the Constitution, there is a need to consult the people directly by way of referendum and let their sovereign will prevail.”

The lawmaker is proposing the referendum to be held simultaneous with the national Election on May 9, 2016 for the purpose of asking the people the following question: “Do you want the 17th Congress to, within 90 days from the opening of its session, call for a constitutional convention that will be composed of elected and appointed delegates to propose amendments to, or revision of, the 1987 Constitution?”

The Dalog resolution, if approved, directs the Commission on Elections to include the mentioned question on the ballot for the May 9, 2016 national elections.

“There is likewise a clamor from the business sector to amend some of the economic provisions of our Constitution which are reasons why foreign investors are shying away from the Philippines, thereby greatly affecting our progress economically,” Dalog explained.

To stress his point, Dalog cited Section 3, Art. XVIII of the l987 Constitution which provides that “the Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of all its members, call for a constitutional convention, or by a majority vote of all its members, submit to the electorate the question calling for such convention.”

It is interesting to note that the House of Representatives has approved on second reading Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) No. 1 entitled “Resolution of Both Houses proposing amendments to certain provisions of the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines particularly on Articles XII, XIV and XIV”, principally authored by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.

RBH No. 1 is just awaiting third and final reading approval by the House of Representatives.