Senators insist amending the Constitution cannot push through without Senate’s vote

Senators insist amending the Constitution cannot push through without Senate’s vote

MANILA, Philippines – Majority of senators are against the plan of the House of Representatives to solely amend the Constitution.

According to several senators, doing so would violate the Constitution.

“They cannot disregard us for the simple reason that there is budgetary appropriation when there will be a plebiscite. So they could not pass a budget without the participation of the Senate. So how can it reach plebiscite?” Sen. Panfilo Lacson said.

“Changing the name of a road needs Senate’s approval. How much more when it’s the Constitution that will be changed?” Senate Minority Leader Sen. Franklin Drilon said.

According to the chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, Senator Francis Pangilinan, the Congress should hastily amend the charter.

Pangilinan said it should be done in a proper and legal way.

Senate President Koko Pimentel initially said the upper chamber of Congress will amend the Constitution in a proper process although there will be no joint session under the constituent assembly. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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