PRESIDENT Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III will create a commission tasked to review the 1987 Constitution and evaluate the proposals for its amendment.
This, after former president and Rep. Gloria Arroyo (Pampanga, 2nd district) filed a resolution that seeks to amend the Charter via a constitutional convention.
In an interview at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo yesterday, Aquino said the commission will look into the concerns of those pushing for Charter change.
"Suriin natin kung may pangangailangan na palitan ang Saligang Batas dahil hindi ito biro (We should look into the need to change the Charter since this is no joke). There are negative consequences guaranteed in the short term. So dapat patunayan mo na (They have to prove) the gains are better than the risks," he said.
He added he is not yet certain about the details of the new commission, citing the focus of his administration for now is reviewing the fiscal situation of the country.
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Aquino may call on his allies in Congress to shut down efforts to amend the Constitution if he finds it untimely and unnecessary.
Meanwhile, Cebuano House representatives who are allied with Arroyo said there is no reason for alarm.
Rep. Pablo Garcia (Cebu Province, 2nd district) believes concerns are being raised because Arroyo filed the resolution.
"If only she was not the one who filed the resolution, this could not have been subjected to a lot of speculations," Pablo said.
He also said if the constitutional convention Arroyo is pushing for will be questioned, there will be someone else who will file the same resolution.
However, he and his son Rep. Pablo John Garcia (Cebu Province, 3rd) agree the issue is still open for discussion and scrutiny.
Pablo John said he will read the resolution before he will react on the subject.
"This is still subject for further debate. We still have to look into the issues involved," Pablo John said.
"We need to study the Constitution thoroughly and open the table for discussion whether we really need to amend, what mode should be used, what provisions and what specific amendments that should be done," he added.
Rep. Benhur Salimba-ngon (Cebu, 4th) said he prefers the amendment of selected portions of the Constitution. (Sunnex)/RRF)