Enrile inihirit na manumbalik sa 1935 Constitution, maghalal ng 48 senador

Enrile inihirit na manumbalik sa 1935 Constitution, maghalal ng 48 senador

September 21, 2022 @ 1:26 PM 2 weeks ago


MANILA, Philippines- Inirekomenda ni Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Juan Ponce Enrile nitong Miyerkules na manumbalik sa 1935 Constitution at maghalal ng 48 senador dahil sa mas malaking populasyon.

Sa pagpapatuloy ng Senate constitutional amendments and revision of codes committee hearing sa mga panukala na nagsusulong na rebisahin ang 1987 Constitution, sinabi ni Enrile na ginawang komplikado ng kasalukuyang charter ang mga probisyon mula sa 1935 at 1973 Constitutions.

Inihayag ng dating he Senate President na ang 1935 Constitution ay “brief, simple, and easy to understand.”

“Ngayon, pag tanungin ninyo ako ano ba ang gagawin natin, marami po. Una ang aking mungkahi go back, that is my preference, I’m not binding anybody, go back to the 1935 Constitution or at the very least if we want to change it immediately, go to the 1973 Constitution,” pahayag niya.

“If we are going to change the number of senators at the present time, to be in tune with the number of the expanded population of the country (because) at the time of the adoption of the 1935 Constitution we are only 12 million people. Now, we are more than 100 million people and if we are going to increase the number of senators, I would suggest that we double the present number 24 to 48,” suhestiyon pa ni Enrile.

“With that 48, 16 will go out every two years to be elected by the people so that new, fresh, and modernized mind will enter the system to contribute to the intellectual capability or academic capability of the remaining members,” patuloy niya.

Sinabi niya na nakasaad sa 1935 Constitution ang bilang na 24 subalit sa 1987 Constitution, ipinag-utos na kalahati ng Senado ang ihahalal kada anim na taon.

“Delikado ‘yan. They did not understand why under the 1935 Constitution the wise men of the Philippines…ginawa nilang 24 but every two years exposed to the mandate of the people, eight of these 24 people and the 16 will remain standing all the time, was embedded in the Constitution,” aniya.

“The purpose of changing eight every two years was to be sure that two-thirds of all the senators must be in place at any given time without any interregnum. So that in case of danger, war, invasion, or rebellion like what happened to us or any kind of emergency, epidemic, pandemic, there must always be 16 senators that can be relied upon to maintain the government of the Republic of the Philippines not for their sake but for the sake of the Filipino people, for their safety and security,” dagdag niya.

Gayundin, sang-ayon si Enrile na ibalik ang mga katagang “imminent danger” sa martial law provision ng Konstitusyon dahil magiging daan ito upang makatugon ang pamahalaan sa anumang nagbabadyang giyera, rebelyon, o paghihimagsik.

“Ginulo nila ang martial law provision. Nu’ng dineclare namin ang martial law, simple lang. The Supreme Court cannot interfere. Nobody can interfere, the power of the president was absolute,” sabi niya. RNT/SA