Thursday, November 24, 2016

Good constitutional proposals from former Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento

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"This writer proposes that in the event the PPCRV favors federalism, the mode of changing the Constitution is by revision thru a constitutional convention," Sarmiento said.

Sarmiento proposes the following amendments to the Charter:

* Reducing the voting age from 18 to 16 years old

* Giving the Commission on Human Rights the power to prosecute

* Removing the quasi-judicial functions of the Commission on Elections so that it can focus on executive and administrative function of supervising elections

* Quota for women representation in Congress

* Providing for educational qualifications for president, vice president, senators and representatives

* Fleshing out the provision on political dynasties

* Inclusion of a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

* Adding foundlings as citizens of the Philippines

* Adopting a two-round system as an electoral system

* Inclusion of persons with disabilities and senior citizens in local absentee voting

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