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Online Referendum: Will you vote for the approved Federal draft?

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives, which claims to be working as a constituent assembly, has approved on third and final reading its draft federal charter.

The final vote came down to 224 voting for the bill, 22 objections and 3 abstentions.

The total vote for the measure represents more than three-fourths of the full membership of the House of Representatives. The House has taken the position under Speaker Gloria Arroyo that House members and senators vote separately in a constituent assembly.

The approved Federal Draft have inserted these self-serving provisions:

  1. Members of Congress and local officials will have 4 year terms and there is no limit to the number of times they can be reelected(Unlimited reelection). Only the President and the Vice President will be limited to a 4-year term with one reelection. The two officials will be elected as a team.

       2. The ban on political dynasties is removed. 

Will you vote for the approved Federal draft giving unlimited terms to politicians?


Other provisions:

  • It requires a two-thirds vote of all members of Congress, voting separately to amend or revise the 1987 Constitution.
  •  It mandates that the form and structure of the government shall be that of a presidential-bicameral-federal system.
  •  Lawless violence shall be a ground for the declaration of martial law when public safety requires it.
  •  The House Speaker, not the Senate President, shall be the ex-officio chairperson of the Commission on Appointments. Members of Congress maybe removed from office through recall as maybe provided by law.
  •  The President, Vice-President, senators and House members are required to be college graduates before they can be elected, unless they have been elected to those positions under the previous constitution.