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Ex-CJ Puno, ConCom thrashes House Cha-Cha version which favors dynasties, turncoats

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The Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to draft the proposed Federal Constitution has slammed the House of Representatives’ version of the charter, saying the removal of anti-dynasty provisions would make it a hard sell.

“They (House) removed the entire provision so where are we headed with this? We already know the problem of political dynasties,” ConCom spokesperson Ding Generoso said in an interview over ANC on Monday.

“You remove the anti-dynasty provision, you remove the term limits. This could be even worse than the 1935 Constitution,” he added.

Generoso said the ConCom, chaired by former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, is not inclined to support the House’s charter.

“The Consultative Committee has made a decision that without the political reforms, without the anti-dynasty provisions, in particular, without the anti-turncoastism provisions, the group of CJ Puno will not support such a draft Constitution,” Generoso said.

Under the ConCom’s draft charter, there are self-executory provisions banning political dynasties, defining the coverage up to second-degree of relations by blood or marriage, which prohibits succession at all levels.

It also prohibits running for or holding more than one position except one national and one regional or local position.

Recent survey results also showed that the shift to a federal system of government was the least of Filipinos’ priorities and that majority were not inclined to support it.

“Many people have doubted with regard to any move to revise or amend the Constitution. When you trust it to Congress, they have not been able to make any anti-dynasty law in 30 years, what can they come up with?” Generoso said.

He said ConCom was sticking to its original proposal which he deemed as “more acceptable.”

“This (House version) should be very difficult to sell to the public…But if we stand by the ConCom draft, we believe the ConCom draft is more acceptable tot he public than this draft,” Generoso said.

The House Constitutional Amendments Committee approved and referred its draft federal charter last Oct. 2.

ConCom approved its version of the charter on July 3 and was presented to the President on July 9. (PNA)