'Legal luminaries' eyed for charter change

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 26 2016 12:48 AM

MANILA - House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is eyeing legal luminaries to join the constitutional commission he is proposing to create to draft amendments to the 1987 Constitution that will be considered by a constituent assembly of both chambers of Congress.

Among those the house leader is eyeing are former Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr., former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, former Senator Bobby Tañada, deans of law schools, and constitutional law professors. 

Alvarez expects the body to be formed soon. 

Alvarez said the commission may have between 25-30 members. 

He said the Palace executive order may be issued this month and members of the commission will be appointed by September.

Alvarez said the executive department can fund the commission. 

He said the commission should function for a limited time only. 

The Duterte administration has expressed preference for a constituent assembly to amend the charter to cut costs.