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(From Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Byline: Belinda Olivares-Cunanan
READER RICHARD LOZADA RECENTLY WROTE to this paper questioning certain assertions made by this column. He asked how a concurrent resolution of both chambers of Congress to convene a constituent assembly could legalize charter amendments when in fact, as some senators have noted, the 1987 Constitution does not specifically mention this method. Sec. 1 Article XVII limits Congress to two methods of amending the Charter. One is by a vote of three-fourths of all its members. The second is by a constitutional convention which it may call by a two-thirds vote of all its members, or by a majority vote of its members, submit to the electorate the question of calling such a convention. A third method, the peoples initiative, is outside the realm of Congress.
But just because a …