Trillanes refuses to review Con-Com’s draft federal constitution

Published July 21, 2018, 5:12 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Vanne Terrazola

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV refused to review the Consultative Committee’s (Con-Com) draft federal constitution as he claimed that it will only be snubbed when Congress tackles the proposed Charter change (Cha-cha).

Senator Antonio "Sonny" Fuentes Trillanes IV gestires during the AFP Modernization Program hearing in Pasay, February 19,2018.(Czar Dancel)
Senator Antonio “Sonny” Fuentes Trillanes IV (Czar Dancel/Manila Bulletin)

Copies of the proposed federal charter were given to senators since the Con-Com handed it over to Senate President Vicente Sotto III on July 12.

But Trillanes, in a radio interview Saturday afternoon, said he would not anymore dare to look into the draft constitution.

“Na-forward formally sa Senado but hindi ako pupunta diyan, na idi-discuss ko kada provision niyan kasi alam ko na kapag nagkaroon ng Constituent Assembly, back to zero lahat ‘yan. Wala ni isa diyan ang mananaig kapag sinabi nila Speaker Alvarez na ‘Ayoko niyan,’ tanggal ‘yan,” Trillanes told DWIZ, referring to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

“So ngayon bakit ko ngayon pag-aaralan ‘yong isang dokumento na alam ko naman naibabasura lang sa kagustuhan ni Duterte,” he explained.

“Kaya ‘yong pinag-uusapan ngayon, wala po yan lahat,” he added.

The opposition senator, instead, dismissed the creation of the Con-Com, and its output, as part of the Duterte administration’s supposed effort to convince the public to support the shift to federalism.

“Yang nga ay para mapakita sa mga tao na, ito, respetado sa lipunan at sila ‘yong pinag-aralan talaga ‘yong amendment,” he claimed.

“Lahat po ‘yan, part po ‘yan ng panlilinlang para maka-engganyo ng suporta,” he added.

He maintained that the proposed constitution would only be a “working draft” for Congress.

He also doubted that the draft’s provisions, such the prohibition on political dynasty, will be adopted by congressmen.

Anyway, Trillanes said even majority senators are not in favor of amending 1987 Constitution. While some are open, he said they would only agree if the Senate and House of Representatives would vote separately on Cha-cha.

On the part of the Senate minority, he said they will continue to oppose the shift to federalism as they believe that it is not timely.