MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Charter change is alive at the House of Representatives.
Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) No. 15, penned by no less than Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and 21 other legislators, is proposing the draft constitution that would shift the Philippines to a federal system of government. (READ: No set number of federal states under Arroyo's draft constitution)
Following criticism, Arroyo told Cebu City 1st District Representative Raul del Mar to make a motion at the plenary to recommit RBH 15 to the House committee on constitutional amendments, which has placed the Vice President back in the line of succession.
But it will be an uphill battle because senators already said the draft federal charter would be "dead on arrival" at the Senate.
Found below are the highlights House's draft federal constitution as compared with the 1987 Constitution. The proposed constitutional revisions would only be finalized after 3/4 of all members of the Senate and the House, “voting separately,” move to revise the 1987 Constitution:
Article I – National Territory
Article II – Declaration of Principles and State Policies
Article III – Bill of Rights
Article IV – Bill of Duties
Article V – Citizenship
Article VI – Suffrage
Article VII – Political Parties
Article VIII – The Legislative Department
Article IX – Executive Department
Article X – The Judiciary
Article XI – Constitutional Commissions
Article XII – Local Governments and Federal States
Article XIII – Accountability of Public Officers
Article XIV – National Economy and Patrimony
Article XV – General Provisions
Article XVI – Amendments or Revisions
Article XVII – Transitory Provisions
Read below the full copy of RBH No. 15: