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Introduced by Repres ntatives PROSPERa C. NOGRALES. ARTHUR D. DEFENSOR, SR., M . AMELITA C. VILLAROSA. VICTOR F ORTEGA, SIMEON A. DATUMA ONG, BENHUR: L. SALIMBANGON,RAUL V. DEL MAR, EDUARDO R. GULLAS, PAUL R. DAZA, ERNESTO C. PABLO, MATIASV. DEFENSO ,JR., ANDRES D. SALVACION,JR., FRANCISCO T. MATUGAS. JUDY J. SYJUCO' ADAM RELSON L. JALA, REYLINA G. NICOLAS, PEDRO. ROMUALDO, HERMINIA M. RAMIRO, MARIA MILAGRO~H. MAGS YSAY,YEVGENY VINCENTE B. EMANO,ALBERT S. GARCIA, JESUS CRI~PIN C. REMULLA.VICTOR AGUEDO E. AGBAYANI, DEL R. DE GUZMAN' JUNIE E. CUA. TRINIDAD G. APOSTOL, LUIS R. VILLAFUERTE,FERDI AND MARTING. ROMUAlOEZ. FELIX R. ALFELOR. JR.. ANTONIO M. 01 Z, PEDRO M. PANCHO, ANTONIO H. CERllLES, MARYANN L. SUSAN, NELSON L. DAY ANGHIRANG,MARIAZENAIDAB. ANGPING. ALVINS. S NDOVAL.CANDIDO P. PANCRUDO, JR., EDGARDO M. CHATTO, ANGE ITO C. GATLABAYAN, ROBERT RAYMUND M. ESTRELLA, NARCIS R. BRAVO. JR., ELPIDIO F. BARZAGA, 'JR.. ROOOLFO G. VAlEN lA, CARLO OLIVER D. DIASNES, M.D., JECI A. LAPUS. CECILIA M. EARES-LUNA, ANNA YORK P. BONDoe. JOSE ANTONIO F. ROXAS, NTON'O F. LAGDAMEO, JR., MA. VICTORIA R. Sy.
ALVARADO, ANN K. H FER, MA. THERESA B. BONOAN-DAVID. HENRY M. DUENAS, JR., ALFRE 0 D. MARAN ON III. ARNULFO F. GO. GLENN A. CHONG, EDWIN C. U . MARIA EVITA R. ARAGO, ROBERTO V. PUNO, TEODUlO M. COQUll.~A, JUAN MIGUEL MACAPAGAl-ARROYO,ARTURO 6. ROBES. DIOSDADc) M. ARROYO. RENO G. LlM. NANETTE C. DAZA. AMADO s. BAGATS1Nt3, JOSEPH A. SANTIAGO, ADELINA ROORIGUEZZALDARRIAGA, AURELIO D. GONZALES, JR., MAGTANGGOl T. GUNIGUNDO I, ANT NIO T. KHO. WILFRIDO MARK M. ENVERGA, CARMElO F. LAZATIN EMIL L. ONG, RODOLFO W. ANTONINO. MANUEL E. ZAMORA. JANETT ~ L. GARIN, OSCAR G. MALAPITAN, NICANOR M. BRIONES, MARY MIT L. CAJAYON. RONALD V. SINGSON, ROMAN T. ROMULO. JOSE G. S LIS, VICTORIA H REYES, EDGAR S. SAN lUIS, ~ JEFFREY P. FERRER" IGNACIO T. ARROYO. RODOLFO T. ALBANO III. JOSE S. AQUINO II, r-fUR G. JAAFAR. MARC DOUGLAS C. CAGAS IV. EDELMIRO A. AMANT~, MARK LLANDRO L. MENDOZA. GUILLERMO A. ROMARA TE, JR.. VICE~TE F. BELMONTE, JR.. GLENDA B. ECLEO, PHILIP A. PICHAY. PANGALIAtN M. BALINDONG, ROLANDO A. UY. ROGER G. MERCADO, ROSENDOj S. LABADLABAD, EUFROCINO M. CODlllA, SR., i

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RES' FRANKLIN P. BAUTISTA, JOSE V. YAP,

FLORENCIOC. GARAY, HOMAS L. DUMPIT.JR., FLORENCIOL. VARGAS,
ANTONIO C. ALVAREZ,. ENARO M. ALVAREZ, JR., DANILO E. SUAREZ, CARMEN L. CARl, LO~NA C. SILVERIO, RAUL T. GONZALES. ,IR. HERMINIA B. ROMAN, OBERTO C. CAJES, NIEL C. TUPAS. JR.. REX GATCHALlAN, CARME ITA O. REYES, MICHAEL JOHN R. DUAVIT. ABDULLAH D. DIMAPO ,MANUEL S. AGYAO, REYNALDO S. UY. ELIAS C. BULUT, JR., ISIDR T. UNGAB, ARTHUR F. CELESTE, JOAQUIN

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CARLOS RAHMANA. N A, ROQUE R. ABLAN, JR., FERJENELG. BIRON, MAURICIO G. DOMOGA , VICTOR J. YU, SAMUEL M. DANGWA, PRYDE HENRY A. TEVES, M NUEL N. MAMBA, VINCENT P. CRISOLOGO. SOLOMON R. CHUNG LAO, THELMA Z. ALMARIO. EILEEN ERMITA~ BUHAIN, . MARINA P. LARETE, CECILIA G. JALOSJOS-CARREON, NARCISO D. SANTIAG III. VINCENT J. GARCIA, JOSEPH GILBERT F. VIOLAGO, YUSOP H. J IRI. MARCELINO R. TEODDRO, DATU PAX S. MANGUDADATU, JOS CARLOS V. LACSON, PABLO P. GARCIA, EMMYLOU J. TALlNO~M NDOZA, FAYSAH RPM. DUMARPA,PABLO JOHN F. GARCIA. ROMMEL C AMATONG. ERIC D. SINGSON, BIENVENIDOM. ABANTE, RIZALINA L. SEACHON-LANETE, FREDENIL H. CASTRO, EDUARDO C. ZIALCIT MUNIR M. ARBISON, SHAREE ANN T. TAN, CESAR G. JALOSJOS, RREL R. OLANO, AL FRANCIS C. BICHARA, MA. RACHEL J. ARENAS,AN ONtO V. CUENCO, JAIME C. LOPEZ, ELEANORa JESUS F..MADRONA,M NICA PRIETO-TEODORO.BERNARDOF. PIi\JOL, JR.. EDGAR L. VALDEZ. AMON H. DURANDVI, CONRADOM. ESTRELLA III, NERISSACORAZON DON-RUIZ, MARK O. COJUANGCO.

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AMEND OR REVISET E CONSTITUTION,UPONA VOTE OF THREE- '
ALL THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHEREAS, there are proposals to amend or revise the 1987 Constitution, which is pre ntlyenforced, but any of such proposalscannot be

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considered,heard, debate, approvedor disapproved,unlessany of the modes expressly provided by Arti Ie XVII of the present Constitutionis adopted;

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9 a mode for amending or revising the Constitution, as mandated by said A icle XVII is a condition precedent, a prerequisite, before specific proposal to amend or revise the Constitution could be considered, by the Me~ bers of Congress, convened to exercise the constitutionally ordained p.wer to amend or revise the Constitution:
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a recognized distinction between the exercise of legislative po~ers of Con re~s from the exercise of the constituent power to
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~mendor revise the Const i utlon;
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WHEREAS,cong~ss. in the exercise of its legislativepower as
1987 Constitution, cannot amend or revise the ~2 -

provided in Article VI of fe 1 , I 'j ! .: .I , ., . I

COIl:-.:!llulion r)l.ll if.is thougl', tI,e exerCise of its constituent power under Article XVII, Ser.:llol1 1 of tl'1(';COnS1!tLltion thdl \)I'\Y arnendrnE!/1t to, or revl~."ur') of tile Con~;tltuli()n n1ay be pr:',1po'S(:dupon a vote ot t/'1rr:::e..fourll'lS 01 all Its r 1urnt)er~":

WHEREAS. wi lit.: Ih:.~ pr-esc:rmoCl rrH~tnod of 8I\dClli1('J conbtlluliollal dl~'Jl1Clt!in UI8 1935, HI":, an~1 '1987 Corv:;l!tutlons are c1If1'erC:lil frunl tn~ (llen'locl of ",~nl'lclln9 ()t(Jil1:;lry I~Ui~z.!all,)n t~1ere is ;'1v(~ry dl~llnct (IIH1 nutdblr.'; (j:tl~m;n<.:u brdween tl'e 1~n5 CQ'1~;!ltLJ1Ioni;1ncl the i~387 COl1stilLllioll, wtll(~h n~sr")(:.:~div~ly pf()vid0'5 ;1$ fol!ows,
The 1935 Constitution: "Tile COI1gr0$;0in joint se~sion ~ssembled, by a vutl: of Hm;(~-founI13 of d!l \hl::~ Members of the S{~rlate ,,:!rH,,1 U'I~:'luuse of of j I~l.'prescntatlve~:;y..9!!n9§eparateLy.,nluy propo58 ~lnW!i1(jm~mt::,to tl'11~ C(,)!i~tltutIO!' or cDd a conventiu! 1for ttl,;! purpose," t The 1987 Comititution: "Any 8r1')",:n(jrnt~nt or rev!::,ion d, this ConsUtutloil m<:1Y to, be P!'oposed by ('I i TI"10Congress upon a vote 01 tllr()~-fOLirthsof {ill 1ts Memb~; cr (2) I~constitutional convention"
WHEREAS, III;; to be empllt;lSIZeCi "net Lll1dersccHlj:CJ lhi.1I ~;()f11l;.! 8Sst..:l1{ial W~(~ d~I\::led (11)clno

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COQnres~ (I.e ~'~ot :l"1eConrJr~ssmen Clnd Senator'6 taken tO~jetl'1er 111 the calcuICl[,on c.t ~ of the rnernbers of Congress", wiUiout distinctIOn ;~:-;k. WillCl11t1stitution C\j' Congress trH::-Y ~)\:iI()ilg to)
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of the arnellunH:mls of the 1\:)35ConstJ1.Utlonby

dtdutions (If certalll words and phrClse!) tt1ereon IJYthe '1987 Con::.tltLltlonore clear and manifest as un(je'r~cored In tile preceding WH EHEAS Clauses and t)y such deletions, the rneanlr~g cln(i applicat!on of the corresponcjlllg provisions of the '19(:': Constitution on Arnendment::, and Hevisions tidve l\\.',1<'3r1
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10g<.llJllt8"e~t~ who tllat the express, clcar and l.Inarnt)iguolls proviSion of Artll.;le XVII ~;ectlon 1 of 1~1e19U7 ConstitutIon that ~ny i:1n'lendlll€,Jnto, or t r(::VISIOf)ot ttl~ '1987 '::':OIl~tltl..lti(,)11shall D8 upon a vote of three-fourths of all
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There are l'IOwe,ier Opposltors clwmwtg adverse

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(i,e, not three-iounns of u('.lcn HOLI~e vOtll1g a .IUSflClablec/.)ntrover:>y irwolvmg tl"le

leg(:ll nghts by £t°if:: ooO~;llors, l)11 0118 o ~;Ide, and H')edenial the'eof l>y ttlE;:proponentS of Uiis RescllJtIOIl 011th~ other :;tde. 811811ript~1l tor judl~lal do::t::;rrnlliation as and when U'IIS Kt;SOIUIIU!1 ct:Jilll1~J upon !tIe Members of Congress to convene In exercise of its CC)nstltuelit puwer
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!ieard, and appr')ved;

WHEREAS, Wl1ih3no specific proposals to amend or revise tile present ConstltutiQn coule.!formally be given due cour58 unless and until this call to conv\::~ne Mernber::; of Congress, as proVltjed herein, IS eff~cled, It IS h0reby pledqecl (:Jnd covenanted by the proponents of HilS Re$olutlon, that I)y tli0jr t->i9natllres hereto tI')at 1/I,/'1atever constitutional changes tTH.IY pr oposed rJ[the b~ appropriate time, preferdbly atter the conslitlltionC:l.Iissues of constrLldlon and intorpretation by the Honorable Supreme COLlrt of the ju~liclc;JblecQlltroversy that may anse ShC;3li hav,= been resolved with finality that:

1 The term of of'flce of tI')e incumbent ~hall not be extended;
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President and Vice-Preslc:1enl

The term of offlc.e of Senators. Congressmen, Governors, Mayors and other elected officials who!:;€ term of office shall expire In :/.010
shall not be ex~e')ded; The term of offie,:::of tt')e twelve (12) Senators wtrO were eJecteu in 2007 for a six (6) year term ending In 2013 shall not ~Jeshortened and tl"ley shall bE:allowed to finish the,,' term:

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That tl,ere Shdll be elections in 2010,

WHEREAS, the"a IS a specific proposal trlCdt tor the PhJlipprnes to be Internationally cornpetl1we In attracting foreign Hlvestmentsand tectmology transfer$ tt,,~t trH: ecor'onlic provisions of the Constitution is prop()~ecJto be amended in an appro~nata manner, !)ut such specific propO:;CiIo amend the t present Constitution cannot be formally presented and resolved until tt)€:! oue m tor amending or reviSI')g the Con$titLllion IS convened and Ill<jde operaliunal through the application of Article XVII Section 1 of the present Constitution,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THAT THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS BE CC,NVENED FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO, OR REVISION OF THE CONSTITUTION UPON A VOTE OF THREE-FOURTHS OF ALL ITS MEMBERS AND THAT UPON ITS BEING CONVENED SHALL ADOPT ITS RULES OF PROCEDURES THAT SHALL GOVERN ITS PROCEEDINGS. Adopted.
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