Davide: I am willing to die for 1987 Constitution

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 02 2017 05:32 PM

MANILA - Some members of the 1986 Constitutional Commission (Con Com) who helped craft the 1987 Constitution are against moves to amend the charter.

Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, who was part of the 1986 Con Com, said he plans to block attempts to amend the post-EDSA 1 Constitution. 

"I am willing to die for the 1987 Constitution...I would also be willing to die against any moves to amend this constitution," he said.

Davide explained that the 1987 Constitution is the only charter in the whole world that is pro-poor, pro-people, pro-God, pro-marriage, pro-family, and pro-environment.

He added that some of the provisions of the South African constitution were even copied from the Philippines' 1987 Constitution.

Davide also asked Filipinos to pray that God enlighten the country's leaders who want to amend the charter, scoring lawmakers who are pushing for the reimposition of the death penalty, one of the changes being pushed by the Duterte administration. 

"Federalism is anti-poor, anti-Filipino. You divide the country.. then poor areas will have to impose more taxes… disastrous," he told the audience during the Commission on Human Rights' celebration of the 1987 Constitution's 30th anniversary.

Former 1986 Con Com member and former Commission on Elections Chair Christian Monsod also opposes amending the 1987 charter.

He said the 1987 Constitution "was written as a reflection of the Filipino people's struggle for democracy," and carries the themes of social justice, rejection of authoritarian rule, and that national destiny rests on Filipinos themselves.

He appealed to the Duterte administration to instead push for constitutional reforms instead of a complete overhaul of the charter. 

"First, try to reform rather than overhaul the system," he said.

Meanwhile, Edmundo Garcia, also a member of the 1986 Con Com, emphasized the need to protect human rights always.