UP Diliman chancellor sounds alarm on 'Con-ass'

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Posted at Jul 19 2018 07:59 AM | Updated as of Jul 15 2019 03:31 PM

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The head of the University of the Philippines-Diliman rejected Thursday a plan to let lawmakers revise the charter through constituent assembly (con-ass) and pave the way for a shift to a federal system of government. 

"Given na masyadong malakas ang executive branch natin ngayon, madaling maimpluwensyahan ang Con-ass, lalo pa kung appointed lang ito," UP Diliman chancellor Michael Tan told radio DZMM. 

(Given that the executive branch is too strong, the con-ass can be easily influenced, especially if its members are appointed.) 

"Kung ano'ng gusto ng executive branch, siguradong makukuha, wala na tayong laban dito," he added. 

(The executive branch will be able to get whatever it wants and we can no longer object.) 

Members of the academe will hold an information drive to educate the public on charter change and federalism, he said. 

President Rodrigo Duterte last week approved a draft federal constitution, which he is set to endorse to Congress. 

The House of Representatives has adopted a resolution to convene as a constituent assembly to amend the 1987 Charter, but senators said they will boycott a joint assembly where they would easily be outnumbered by the 292-strong chamber.

Aside from con-ass, the charter can also be revised through by a constitutional convention (con-con) composed of delegates elected by the public. 

DZMM, 19 July 2018