Tanggulang Demokrasya, a people’s organization that seeks to defend democracy, by pursuing electoral reform and advocating system change, announced this week that their group is set to file a petition in the Lower House to adopt the “People’s Draft.
In a press statement, the group said the draft constitution called the People’s Draft has been silently making the rounds through social media for many years now.
The group said they have become popular among those pushing for constitutional reforms in the country.
Lawyer Dindo Donato, general counsel of Tanggulang Demokrasya (TanDem), the lead proponent of the People’s Draft said their petition, which is to be filed in both houses of congress, seeks action from the lawmakers to deliberate, approve, adopt and endorse the draft to the Commission on Elections for the conduct of a plebiscite “simultaneous with the national and local elections” next year.
“Tandem has sought the advice of many groups and individuals in writing this draft for many years. We now believe we have a draft that best reflects the reforms our people desire for their future,” the lawyer said.
There are several moves to reform the constitution already resulting in several drafts in the past. Most recently, there are the Bayanihan Draft written by a constitutional committee formed by President Rodrigo Duterte, and the PDP Laban Draft written by members of the political party to which the President belongs.
However, Donato said, the People’s Draft is the only one that claims to be crowd-sourced, having gone through different revisions over the years from comments and suggestions from “crowds.” The People’s Draft is also the only one that comes from the ground up, meaning it is not initiated by government
officials or institutions but by ordinary people, hence its name. ###