The 1987 Constitution is “superior” compared to the draft federal charter prepared by President Rodrigo
Duterte’s consultative committee on charter change, a former solicitor general said Wednesday.
Many provisions in the draft federal charter, which submit to Duterte, are redundant, said lawyer and constitutional law professor Florin Hilbay.
“To be honest, I’d say the current Constitution is actually superior over that particular draft. The language is not very tight. I cannot say any major improvement that cannot be remedied by ordinary legislation or by amendments,”
The draft arrangements on the national region are excess in spite of having an extended definition, Hilbay said. The part that notices regions by verifiable rights and legitimate title may make “creatures of understandings,” he said.
Hence it will be better for Congress to revise parts of the 1987 Constitution to boycott political traditions and to change the political party framework, he said.