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Ping says back-chanelling to fastrack con-ass; Para walang makaepal

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The process of amending the 1987 Constitution via constituent assembly could be made faster if there are back-channeling efforts between the Senate and House of Representatives, a Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Saturday.

Lacson said members of both houses can informally compare notes and decide which provisions in the Charter they want to amend.

“Mabilis lang kung halimbawa may back-channel ang Lower House and Upper House. Halimbawa nakapagkasunduan ito ang parameters ito ang ating gagalawin sa Constitution medyo mapapabilis yan,” he said in an interview on DWIZ radio.

He said both houses can also use a liaison to coordinate the smooth passage of proposed amendments to the Constitution.

“Kung may paguusap na informal may kanya-kanyang panukala pero may nagli-liaise between the two houses at sinasabi ito na lang ang ating propose,” he said.

Lacson said he personally is inclined to push for amendments in the Constitution’s economic provisons.

In particular, he said he is open to lifting the restrictions on foreign investments.

On Monday, Lacson is set to file a resolution seeking to have the Senate convene into a constituent assembly and tackle proposed amendments to the Charter.

He said this should address concerns of joint voting with the House of Representatives, where the Senate could be grossly outnumbered.

The Senate presently has only 23 members while the House has nearly 300 members.