Constitution to be amended by Congress, says Speaker


THE National Security Council on Wednesday night agreed to set in motion efforts to overhaul the 1987 Constitution through the two Houses of Congress convened as a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass), Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said.

Speaking before the Management Association of the Philippines, Alvarez said President Rodrigo Duterte had agreed to abandon his earlier proposal to overhaul the nearly three-decade-old charter through a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) to save time and money.

It would be easier to amend the charter through a Con-Ass because the amendments will be tackled by lawmakers, instead of waiting for the election of Con-Con delegates, he said.

Holding a Con-Con will cost the government P6 billion to P7 billion, Alvarez said. FELIPE F. SALVOSA II



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