House urges Senate: Keep an open mind on hybrid con-con

Delon Porcalla - The Philippine Star
House urges Senate: Keep an open mind on hybrid con-con
Members of the Congress are seen inside the Plenary Hall for the opening of the 19th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City on July 25, 2022.
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MANILA, Philippines — Regardless of their political leanings, senators should keep an “open mind” about the House of Representatives-approved measures that will establish a hybrid constitutional convention, especially if this will be in the best interest of 110 million Filipinos, a congressman said.

“Senators should consider the gains that our country will get if our economy is opened up further. Data from numerous studies are undeniable. If we want to compete and be globally relevant, we need to unburden our country,” Rep. Jay-jay Suarez said.

Suarez noted 301 of 312 House members voted in favor of House Bill 7352, the measure that will implement the mechanics behind Resolution of Both Houses 6 that lawmakers had also approved earlier, which he said underscores its importance.

“I am appealing to our honorable senators to consider how HB 7352 passed its third and final reading with a resounding 301 votes. This is an overwhelming vote from the members of the House,” the congressman from Quezon’s second district stressed.

“As duly elected officials representing all districts from Mindanao, Luzon and Visayas, our counterparts in the Senate should study their position and acknowledge the need to revise the economic provisions of our Constitution,” Suarez added.


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