MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives approved on 2nd reading a resolution that would amend the 1987 Constitution and shift the Philippines to a federal system of government.
On Tuesday, December 4, majority of lawmakers said aye to Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) 15, penned by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and 35 other legislators. (READ: Highlights of the House's draft federal constitution)
The proposed constitutional revisions would only be finalized if 3/4 of all members of the Senate and the House, "voting separately," move to revise the 1987 Constitution.
The phrase "voting separately" was an amendment introduced by Alliance of Concerned Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio, which the plenary agreed to adopt on Tuesday.
What are the major constitutional changes found under RBH 15?
Arroyo has already conceded RBH 15 will not be passed during the 17th Congress, but she still hopes to "bring it as far as we can bring it" in the House. (READ: House aims to pass draft federal charter by early 2019)