House of Representatives Photo Journal: Hearing Break

16 January 2018 05:29:43 PM
SOURCE: House of Representatives Press and Public Affairs Bureau

House Committee on Constitutional Amendments chairman Rep. Roger Mercado (Lone District, Southern Leyte) and his colleagues share a light moment during a break on their hearing Tuesday on the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution, which include to a federal system of government. Under the proposal, the country will be divided into five Federal States, namely: Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and Bangsamoro. The proposed amendments also include the creation of a Bicameral Parliament to be composed of a 300-member Federal Assembly and a 15-member Senate, with each state electing three senators. With Mercado are Committee on Justice chairman Rep. Reynaldo Umali (2nd District, MIndoro Oriental), Committee on Ways and Means chairman Rep. Dakila Carlo Cua (Lone District, Quirino), Rep. Rodante Marcoleta (Party-list, SAGIP), Committee on Housing and Urban Development chairman Rep. Alfredo Benitez (3rd District, Negros Occidental), Reps. Arnolfo Teves Jr. (3rd District, Negros Oriental) and Joseph Stephen Paduano (Party-list, Abang Lingkod). / PC/ABR