Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday, Jan. 28, expressed belief that it would be better to hold a constitutional assembly than a constitutional convention in the event amendments to the 1987 Constitution are formally considered to revise its “restrictive” economic provisions.
Guevarra pointed out “a constitutional convention, where delegates will be elected by the people, is more appropriate if the entire Constitution will be revised.”
“But if only certain provisions of the Constitution will be amended (such as the provisions on the national economy and patrimony), a constituent assembly, i.e., the two chambers of the legislature performing a sovereign act, is more expedient and less expensive,” the secretary explained.
“In either case, any revision or amendment of the Constitution will have to be ratified by the people,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Senate committee on constitutional amendments led by Sen. Francis Pangilinan has already begun hearings on proposals to amend restrictive economic provisions in the Constitution.
Pangilinan said the hearings will continue to be held to get the sentiments of other stakeholders.
He said he particularly wanted to hear the position of the government economic and finance managers, as well as members of the business community.
The last time a constitutional convention was held was in 1986 following the successful People Power that forced then President Ferdinand Marcos out of Malacanang.
The 1986 Constitutional Commission was composed of 48 individuals appointed by then President Corazon Aquino in the aftermath of the EDSA People Power revolution.