Alvarez blames 1987 Constitution creators for voting gridlock: You did not do your job

Image from Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's Facebook account
  • House Speaker slammed framers of 1987 Constitution for congressional voting deadlock
  • He said they failed due to not clearly defining the proper steps for amendments or revisions
  • He also said he wants to see a unicameral legislature in federal set-up

MANILA, Philippines  –  With Congress stuck in a deadlock on the correct procedure to revise the 1987 Constitution, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the conflict between the House of Representatives and the Senate could be attributed to the failure of the framers to clearly word out the steps in amending or revising the supreme law of the land.

“Yan ang problema sa kanila. Hindi nila gagawin ang trabaho nila nang maayos and yet magclaclaim sila na this is the best Constitution in the world,” Rappler quoted him as saying.  [That’s the problem with them. They do not do their job correctly and yet they claim that ours is the best Constitution in the world.]

“Eh kasalanan nila ‘yan eh. Itanong mo kay (former chief justice Hilario) Davide ‘yan or kay Christian Monsod. Bakit ‘di ninyo kinumpleto ‘yan? Re-write. Trabaho nila ‘yan eh tapos ngayon tayo ang sisihin nila. Dapat sila ang sisihin niyan,” he added.

[That’s their fault. Why don’t you ask Hilario Davide or Christian Monsod? Why didn’t they complete it? Re-write. That’s their job and now they’re blaming us. They should be blamed for this.]

While Davide, fellow former chief justice Reynato Puno and former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. have differed on the need for a revision; both three have agreed that the House and the Senate should vote separately in order to reflect the bicameral nature of the legislature.

For his part, Alvarez said he would do away with the current setup and have Congress stand as a unicameral body under the federal set-up in order to speed up legislation.

“Unang una, siguro mas mabilis maaksyunan ang mga bagay-bagay. Kasi napag-iwanan na tayo ng neighboring countries [Firstly, I think things will be acted on faster. Because neighboring countries have already left us behind],” he said.

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