Cha-cha proposes unli term for Senate, House members

THE proposed Charter change initiated by Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo did not provide term limits to members of Congress, both in the Senate and House of Representatives.

In defending the provision, Arroyo said, this part of the Charter change proposal will be a “collegial decision” and will be up for approval once the bill reaches plenary deliberation.

The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments has adopted without amendments the Resolution of Both Houses No. 15. The sponsorship of the bill started yesterday.

“It’s really a collegial decision,” Arroyo said in an ambush interview. 

The bill aimed to change the government’s system to federal form.

Arroyo also emphasized that the only thing she added to make the draft her version was a provision to establish the federal states.

“The only thing I added was a provision that is establishing the federal states, there’s a mechanism to establish federal states. All the other provisions were already submitted by the Con-com (Consultative Committee)…” she pointed out.

Under the House draft, members of Congress – senators and congressmen – would be elected for a term of four years. There was no term limit provided, but the lawmakers should be college degree holders.

The first election under the proposed Constitution would be held on the second Monday of May 2022.