Press Release
January 24, 2018


House Speaker Alvarez must put an end to the House's efforts to amend the 1987 Constitution without the participation of the Senate. Constitutional law experts are in virtually unanimous agreement that the proposal of amendments or revisions to the 1987 Constitution under Art. XVII, Sec. 1(1) requires both chambers of Congress to convene in a Constituent Assembly. In simple terms, the House cannot amend the Constitution without the Senate's consent, and vice versa. Indeed, it would be absurd for one chamber of a bicameral legislature to be able to change the fundamental law of the land without the participation and assent of the other chamber. Instead of attempting to undermine and bypass the Senate, the leadership of the House should work with the Senate leadership to create an inclusive and constitutionally sound plan to convene the chambers together in a Constituent Assembly. Otherwise, if the House continues down the reckless path it has set upon, their risky experiment in constitutional alchemy will result in an illegitimate draft constitution which will surely be rejected by the people via plebiscite.

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