Bill of Rights is untouchable: Nene Pimentel


Posted at Jan 30 2018 09:13 AM | Updated as of Jan 30 2018 09:44 AM

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MANILA - The Bill of Rights is an untouchable part of the 1987 Constitution, a member of President Rodrigo Duterte's 9-man charter change consultative committee insists.

Speaking to ANC Tuesday, former Senator Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel said the framers of the charter already covered the concerns of the people about their rights and duties.

"If you add another layer in it, you are giving politicians another leeway to suppress freedom," said Pimentel, stressing that laws are already in place to prevent abuse of these rights.

House Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro earlier proposed to revise the Bill of Rights by adding the modifier "responsible" in the provision on free speech.

Meanwhile, Pimentel also urged the Filipino people to openly speak out and strongly express support for an anti-political dynasty provision in the new constitution.

The PDP-Laban founder said the prohibition on political dynasty is vaguely worded in the existing constitution but that can be changed in the proposed amendments of the charter.

"We can achieve that kind of objective if the people really speak out by supporting that kind of proposal these are pliticians they will also have to consider the reaction of the people," he said.

The charter change consultative committee has yet to meet. The recommendations of this body will be considered by Congress in the event of a constituent assembly.