Transitory provisions of draft charter 'most difficult,' says ConCom member

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Posted at Jul 10 2018 09:41 PM | Updated as of Mar 20 2019 03:33 PM

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Transitory provisions in the draft of a new constitution were the most difficult to tackle, a member of President Rodrigo Duterte's consultative committee (ConCom) said Tuesday.

Political Science professor Edmund Tayao said the committee is still expecting Congress to make some changes on the draft charter.

"To be honest, the transitory provisions are the most difficult part because we are of no illusion that what we put into it will be the final version," he told ANC's "Beyond Politics."

"In other words. we are still looking at Congress to look into it and probably add or subtract some provisions and so on," he added.

In terms of "heated" discussions, Tayao said the most contentious issue would be the kind of political system under the new charter.

"Ang pinaka-contentious siguro ay 'yung political system. 'Yun 'yung pinaka-heated na debate," he said.

(The most contentious issue is the political system. It generated heated debates.)

Duterte's committee last week approved the proposed draft of the revised organic law. 

If adopted by Congress, the proposal will pave the way for a federal form of government, a move seen by members of the ConCom as a means to address lingering problems under the unitary system of government.

"If you look at the original draft of the transitory provision, it is not really different from the one in the 1987 Constitution," Tayao said, noting that they adopted the "same formula."

Duterte last week again promised that he would not seek an extension of his term if the shift to federalism pushes through.

He also sought a provision under the proposed charter forcing him to step down during the transition period.

Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, who heads the ConCom meanwhile said Tuesday that Vice President Leni Robredo may serve as president during the transition to a federal system of government if willing and the shift pushes through.