The House of Representatives will start deliberations on the proposal to amend the 1987 Constitution next year, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez stated.

In a press convention Tuesday (May 16), Alvarez stated lawmakers will start dialogue on Charter change (Cha Cha) in 2018 even when the Constitutional Commission (ConCom) doesn’t convene.

“Ewan ko, medyo marami lang talaga siguro ginagawa ang Malacañang but definitely, pag hindi yan siya nangyari this year, definitely, with or without the Commission by next year uumpisahan ng Kongreso yan,” he stated.

“Uumpisahan na yang pag-usapan sa Committee level yung ano and then ipapasa namin ganun din doon sa Senado. We can agree puwede namin i-convene yung Congress into Constituent Assembly,” Alvarez added.

Deliberations on ChaCha could start after the House finishes its activity of passing the national price range for 2019, he stated.

The Speaker admitted that the ConCom, which was eyed to evaluate the Constitution and make suggestions on which provisions to amend, has but to convene as a result of its members have but to be named by Malacañang.

However, he denied that the group hasn’t met but as a result of a few of its potential members have turned down the invitation to be part of it.

“Lahat yan interesado sobra-sobra pa nga e. Ang daming nag-submit ng pangalan nila for consideration,” he stated.