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Saturday, June 23, 2018

No intervention from Duterte in drafting federal Consti

President Rodrigo Duterte, photo from Manila Bulletin
President Rodrigo Duterte had no participation whatsoever in the drafting of the federal constitution, said Con-Com member and former Senate president Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr.

"We have a commission that is being given a free hand to propose what we feel would be needed to effect the change from a highly centralized government to the federal set-up we are proposing," Pimentel said in an interview with Rappler on Friday.

Asked if the committee had any interaction with Malacañang, he said, "None whatsoever."

Duterte's non-interference, Pimentel said, made the Con-Com members "feel confident that we can propose anything, including, for example, matters that might affect the President and his family."

"All that Malacañang did was to get these people, we who compose the committee now appointed, we took our oath before him and that's it,"  the former senator said.

He added that the voices of the people are what matters.
"We started work on our own and we tried to make sure the fears of the people are addressed."

However, there is still room for Duterte's inputs. Pimentel said the committee wants to submit a "tentative draft" to the President any day from July 4 to 9.

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