‘Odd for Wanbol’: Lawmakers dismiss Sotto’s ‘hybrid’
Opposition lawmakers on Friday chided the proposal of Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III for a “hybrid”
constitutional body that will amend the 1987 Charter.
Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice even ridiculed Sotto, dismissing the proposal as “too weird” even for someone from
“Wanbol University,” the name of the fictional school where Sotto’s TV role studied in the 80’s series “Iskul Bukol.”
“This proposition has no sacred premise. I don’t know where he’s getting this thought of changing the contract through
a mode that is outsider even to ‘Wanbol University’,” he said.
Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano and Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat shared the view.
“Alteration of the 1987 Constitution is either through Con-ass (Constituent gathering) or Con-con (Constitutional
convention)…Such proposition may run counter to this arrangement and will additionally muddle the move to change
the 1987 Constitution,” Alejano said.
Baguilat said the best choice, if there’s a need to alter the constitution, is through Con-con.
“The Sotto proposition is the most elitist of Cha-cha bodies since it will restrain the discourses to a chose few,
which will doubtlessly push measures esteemed invaluable to a couple of brains of the decision coalition,” he said.
Akbayan party-list Rep. Tom Villarin portrayed the “half and half” protected body as out of match up.
It mirrors the edginess of sanction change advocates besides, reasoning out of the case has transformed into a careless exercise of mental extent,” he said.
ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said the way of proposing sacred alterations are set by the Constitution and “not subject to the impulses and likes of the Senate president.”
Besides restriction congressmen in the lower House have been against moves to correct the contract in the midst of cases it is a piece of a charged arrangement to broaden President Rodrigo Duterte’s stay in office.
They are additionally partners of previous President Noynoy Aquino, who has restricted any changes to the constitution drafted amid the season of his mom, previous President Corazon Aquino.
Meanwhile House initiative needs to gather as a constituent get together and vote mutually on the proposed alterations.
In any case, the Senate needs to vote independently in light of the fact that the 24-part chamber will effectively be outvoted by the House with around 292 individuals.
Hence to break the stop, Sotto proposes a “half breed” established body made out of 12 congresspersons, 12 individuals from the House of Representatives, 12 candidates by the President, and 12 chosen people from the common society to vote on the proposed new contract.