Charter framer admits flaw in ‘best Constitution of the world’

Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna. (From SSC - Political Science Organization)

ONE of the framers of the 1987 Constitution reportedly admitted that they forgot to specify how Congress would vote on charter amendment, which is now the subject of a dispute by the two chambers of the legislature.

“Unang Hirit” host Arnold Clavio on Wednesday quoted retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna as admitting he was in the committee that put the bicameral provision in the Constitution but forgot to put in the section the voting of Congress because he was not the head of that panel.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who was being interviewed by Clavio, said the question of whether or not the House of Representatives and Senate would vote as one or separately in amending the Constitution arose because of what the framers of the Constitution did.

“Hindi ipinanukala ng maayos yung trabaho nila kaya nagkaloko-loko ‘yan. Ngayon meron pa silang lakas loob na magsabi na they have the best Constitution in the world. Susmaryosep!” said Alvarez.

Former SC chief justice Hilario Davide Jr. testified in a Senate hearing on federalism last Jan. 17, 2018 wherein he described the Constitution as the “best in the world” to express his opposition to changing the form of government from unitary system to a federal system.

Alvarez reiterated that the Constitution is not a poem that should be given a different interpretation

“Kung ano yung pagkaintindi ng ordinaryong mamamayan ay dapat iyon ang interpretation noon dahil how do we.. how do we expect people to follow the law kapag hindi nila maintindihan, hindi ba?”

The Speaker said he is willing to have the Supreme Court settle the issue on whether or not the House and Senate should vote as one in amending the Constitution. rw: wjg