ConCom says viral 'proposed federal constitution' not yet final, only working draft

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 04 2018 12:54 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2018 07:19 PM

MANILA - The committee President Rodrigo Duterte tasked to review the 1987 Constitution and draft a charter for a federal government on Wednesday denied releasing its final output to the public.

Ding Generoso, spokesperson for the consultative committee, said the panel has not released any copy yet. The committee would only release this after it is submitted to Duterte on July 9, he added.

A PDF file, 82 pages long, of the supposed proposed federal constitution made rounds in social media on Tuesday. It supposedly contained draft provisions as of June 27.

Another document allegedly containing the draft as of June 30 was also circulated.

These were "not the official and final copy and do not contain further correction further corrections" made during a June 28 meeting and submitted through email on July 1 and 2, according to Generoso.

Both documents were also "working files, the consolidation of the different articles that had been undergoing daily corrections as the sessions were held," Generoso said in a statement.

The revisions covered styling, checking for grammar, sentence construction, punctuation marks, redundancies, possible conflicts with other sections, and comparison with the 1987 Constitution to ensure that all provisions that were to be retained were actually retained in the draft, he said.

The committee on Tuesday approved unanimously its draft, which would allow for a shift to a federal form of government.

Generoso earlier said that under the proposal, the federal republic would be comprised of 18 separate regions, including administrative regions of Bangsamoro, Cordillera, and Negrosanon.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte, chair of the ruling party PDP-Laban, "will transmit it to his partymates and he will encourage his partymates to study it very closely and to pattern the proposed provisions after what the commission has recommended." - report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News