On 17 January 2018, Our Executive Director Prof. Edmund Tayao was invited by the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes to a public hearing on proposals to revise or amend the 1987 Constitution. The hearing was held at the Senate’s Recto, Laurel and Pecson rooms, presided by the Committee’s chairperson Senator Francis Pangilinan.
Also invited as resource persons were DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, Institute for Political and Electoral Reform (IPER) Executive Director Prof. Ramon Casiple, former Supreme Court Chief Justices Reynato Puno, Hilario Davide Jr., Artemio Panganiban, former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr., and 49 others representing various government agencies, leagues, Civil Society Organizations, the academe, and members of the 1986 Constitutional Commission.
The public hearing focused on the following issues
- The question whether there’s a need to amend or revise the Constitution.
- The difference between an amendment and revision.
- The pros and cons of the different modes of amending and or revising the Constitution.
- The process and mechanism provided in the 1987 Constitution in proceeding with a Constituent Assembly particularly whether the 2 chambers of Congress are to vote jointly and or separately.