Senators interpreting Constitution on their own - Alvarez

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Posted at Jan 22 2018 05:51 PM | Updated as of Jul 16 2019 06:47 PM

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MANILA - Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday accused senators of trying to interpret the Constitution to their liking amid a dispute over how Congress should vote on the move to change the charter. 

"Ang mahirap dito, gusto nilang bigyan ng ibang kahulugan yung nakalathala diyan. Hindi tula ito na puwede mong bigyan ng ibang kahulugan. Batas ito. Laws must be interpreted simply. Kung ano ang intindi ng mamamayan pag binasa niya yan, yun ang ibig sabihin niyan. Merong unwritten rules diyan sa paggawa ng batas—keep it simple, stupid," he told ANC's Headstart.

"Naglagay lang ang Saligan Batas ng required number of votes. Kung ma-comply naming yung 3/4 of all our members, including the numbers in the Senate—hindi man kami sinasabihan na kailangan kaming mag-joint session," he said.

Alvarez said amendments to the charter is not an ordinary law, a proposal of which would not even need the President's signature and would instead require the vote of the people.

The House of Representatives and the Senate remain divided on whether they should vote jointly or separately should Congress convene as a constituent assembly to amend the charter, which is pursued by allies of President Rodrigo Duterte to pave the way for the shift to federalism.

ANC HEADSTART, January 22, 2018