Public discussions on “Bayanihan Federalism” begin

The Consultative Committee on Charter Change chaired by Justice Puno has released the draft of a new proposed Constitution carrying the blurb “Draft Constitution for a Strong, Indissoluble Republic” .” With this, public discussion begins on yet a third charter for the country within the span of just 45 years.

Constitutional Law scholar and Teacher Florin Hilbay was asked by ABS-CBN News for his comments on the change in the draft territorial provision (Section 5) and the inclusion of “lawless violence” as a ground for the President to declare martial law. He argued that one was unnecessary, “creating space for doubt,” while the other was the “most dangerous part” in the proposal. Professor Hilbay served as the immediate past Solicitor General of the Republic.

The full interview  may be accessed at:

The draft constitution can be accessed at