Former members of the 2005 consultative commission that studied proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution back the revived calls for a shift to federalism
Eleven years after a consultative commission (ConCom) was formed to study amendments to the 1987 Constitution, its previous members are supporting the proposition of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to move to a federal form of government.
Academicians and former members of the 2005 ConCom discussed the features of the proposed charter change during a conference organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Centrist Democracy Political Institute (CDPI) on Friday, June 10.
Lito Lorenzana, CDPI president and secretary-general of the 2005 ConCom, said that advocates of federalism have learned from the mistakes in previous attempts to change the Constitution.
"We knew why we failed in the past. We know how to succeed this time," Lorenzana said.
He added, "The question is no longer why change the system. The question now is, how do we change the system?"
To spread awareness about the pros of changing to a federal form of government, the former ConCom members plan to hold more forums in different cities in the Philippines to present the 2005 draft amendments.