ConCom proposes to include four ex-presidents in Federal Transition Committee

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FILE PHOTO: THEN AND NOW. President Rodrigo R. Duterte (center) poses with former President and Manila Mayor Joseph E. Estrada (left), former President and Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd from left), former President and Special Envoy to China Fidel V. Ramos (2nd from right), and former President Benigno S. Aquino III (right), before the start of the National Security Council (NSC) meeting at the State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on July 27. REY BANIQUET/PPD

MANILA, Philippines – The Consultative Committee (ConCom) wants all living former presidents to be part of the transition commission under the federal form of government.

The ConCom met Wednesday (July 11) after President Rodrigo Duterte rejected the transitory provisions of the draft federal constitution submitted to him on Tuesday (July 10).

Under the draft charter, the President will serve as the Chairman of the Federal Transition Commission and will lead a 10-member team, which he will also appoint to exercise all powers necessary to ensure a speedy and successful transition.

But after Wednesday’s meeting, the ConCom decided that the current Chief Executive be stripped of said powers and proposed that the four ex-presidents be included in the transition government.

“We also made as ex-officio members the transitory vice-president, senate president, speaker of the house and all living presidents,” said ConCom Head retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno.

This means Former Presidents Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III will now be part of the 17-member committee which will start performing their functions after the new proposed charter is ratified in the plebiscite. – Mai Bermudez / UNTV News and Rescue

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