• Constitution to be amended by Congress, says Speaker

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    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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