SENATOR Franklin Drilon has proposed to amend the Constitution by means of a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con).
"We have proposed that the finished Constitution as crafted by the convention should be submitted to the people for ratification in the second Monday of May 2020," Drilon said.
Drilon said that by proposing the Constitution be submitted for ratification in May 2020, it has the effect of limiting the life of the convention.
"I placed that so that there will be a limitation on the length of the convention. Kasi if you [make] that open-ended, it may take them five years, because the powers of the convention is plenary. Nobody can tell you how long it should be, so we cannot tell them as Congress how long it should be. But we can provide as to when it should be submitted for ratification, and we control the budget," he said.
Drilon added that what will happen in the Con-Con is something that is beyond the control of anyone, as the powers of the Con-Con is plenary.
"Just like the Senate, nobody can tell the Senate, 'Do this, do that.' Nobody can do that. What we have control over is the budget and we will say, 'Álright, we will submit this for ratification in May of 2020, so Mr. Con-Con, you better finish your work before that time,'" Drilon explained.
While a Con-Con is more costly than a constitutional assembly, Drilon said that there is no price
price tag on how the country should be run in the next decades.
"That is never an argument for me. What is more important that we choose delegates who are deserving, that is why I have made it as much as possible non-partisan," he said.
Drilon said that he proposes that no member of Congress and no candidate in the 2016 elections should be allowed to run as a delegate.
"Whether you were a candidate or a nominee of a partylist, basta sumali ka sa halalan sa 2016, hindi ka na pwede mag-delegado. Mayroon din kaming anti-dynasty provision na inilagay, ibig sabihin yung mga kamag-anak ng mga politiko, hindi pwedeng kumandidato. So we will make it - to the extent that we can - free of political pressure so that it can be really said that this is a constitutional convention of the people," Drilon explained.