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Rep. Roger Mercado (2nd from right) listens to colleagues during a break in the hearing on constitutional amendment.

House Committee on Constitutional Amendments chairman Rep. Roger Mercado of the Lone District of Southern Leyte (2nd from right) and his colleagues share a light moment during a break on their hearing Tuesday on the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution, which include to a federal system of government.

Under the proposal, the country will be divided into five federal states, namely: Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and Bangsamoro. The proposed amendments also include the creation of a bicameral parliament to be composed of a 300-member federal assembly and a 15-member senate, with each state electing three senators.

With Mercado are (from left) Joseph Stephen Paduano (Party-list, Abang Lingkod), Rep. Rodante Marcoleta (Party-list, SAGIP), Committee on Housing and Urban Development chairman Rep. Alfredo Benitez (3rd District, Negros Occidental) and Reps. Arnolfo Teves Jr. (3rd District, Negros Oriental).

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