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Congress to review Constitution: Cayetano

July 09, 2019 - Tuesday 11:07 AM by Jon Joaquin

After snagging President Rodrigo Duterte’s endorsement as House Speaker in a term-sharing deal with other contenders, Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano said Congress will “not was time” in reviewing the Constitution.

Trabaho namin ang magreview, mag-amend, at magpropose ng bagong batas (It is our task to review, amend, and propose new laws),” Cayetano said in a Facebook video taken in Malacañang on Monday just after he had a talk with President Duterte along with Marinduque Rep. Lord Alan Velasco and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez.

Ang ating konstitusyon or ang mga ordinaryong batas (Our constitution and ordinary laws), we have to take a second look at it and not waste time,” Cayetano said.

Duterte had been pushing for a shift from the current Presidential system to a Federal one but recently conceded that it may not be achieved within his term because of many obstacles, including having to amend the Constitution.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go in June told reporters that the President also cited a lack of support from the people.

But Cayetano hinted that under his leadership. Congress could still do the necessary changes to the Charter and to other laws to help the President fulfil his campaign promise.

He said he wants Congress to be able to give jobs to all Filipinos, lower prices, and give "safe and comfortable life” to the people as the President had promised.

“We want the House of Representatives to be the Congress of the people. Good governance will always come first,” he said.

Cayetano also said he will work for Congress to achieve a better relationship with the Senate, the judiciary, and Malacañang

"it will be a challenge, but Mr. President we are up to the challenge,” he said.

In an earlier announcement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the three candidates for the Speakership sought the assistance and help of the President to settle the conflict among them. 

"Since the election of the Speaker has resulted in a bitter and fractious rivalry that threatens the break-up of political allies, the President, to save the unity of the alliance and avert its fragmentation, obliged to the request of the three candidates, who to their credit agree to respect the choice of PRRD,” Panelo said.

"It’s Allan Cayetano as the Speaker in the first 15 months, then the next 21 months, the Speaker will be Lord Allan Velasco, with Martin Romualdez as the Majority Floor Leader,” he added.