If only some portions are to be tackled, why open the door to overhauling the entire Constitution?
Sen. Panfilo Lacson raised this question Sunday as he aired his concerns on amending the 1987 Constitution via a constituent assembly.
“Bakit gagalawin natin ang buong Constitution, ang Charter? Kasi kung nag-open tayo ng valve tapos lalo pa nga constituent assembly ilan lang naguusap niyang mga lawmakers di natin alam anong magagalaw,” Lacson said in an interview on DZBB radio.
Lacson earlier voiced concerns that a constituent assembly, which requires a 3/4 vote, may render the Senate irrelevant.
Also, he said there are more practical and doable ways to address the issue, particularly involving the party-list system, by merely amending its enabling law.
“Mas practical at di ganoon kahirap kasi 3/4 may usapin pang voting jointly. Kasi enabling law ang party list system, enabling law yan ng Constitution. Kung yan ang concern, e di amend na lang ang law tungkol sa party list,” he said.
Still, Lacson said entering into a constituent assembly could still open the doors to amend other provisions in the Charter, including those with term limits.
“Alam naman natin kung constituent assembly na maski ano pwedeng galawin doon,” he said.