Ex-CJ Puno backs 'hybrid' con-con


Posted at Jan 24 2018 11:03 AM | Updated as of Jul 18 2019 01:17 PM

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MANILA - A former chief justice is backing a "hybrid" constitutional convention to revise the 1987 Constitution as the two houses of Congress disagree on the manner of amending the 30-year-old charter.

Speaking to ANC, former Chief Justice Reynato Puno said the hybrid con-con will be composed of delegates elected by the people, and experts from different disciplines without any self-interest. These constitutional convention delegates will be vetted and appointed by an impartial body.

Puno said Congress can also call for a constitutional convention where the delegates are non-partisan, are not allowed to run in the next elections and are also banned from being appointed to any government position under the new charter.

"Yes that can form part of the law calling for a con-con -- that these delegates that will be, as well as the appointed delegates, should be non-partisan, that they should not run under the banner of any political party -- that after the Constitution is ratified by the people, they cannot be appointed to any position. They cannot run under any position, that can be done," he said.

Both houses of Congress are eyeing to amend the charter through a constitutional assembly with some members of the House of Representatives saying term-extension is possible as the government transitions into a federal form.

The House and the Senate, however, have yet to agree if they will convene and vote jointly or separately in amending the charter.