ConCom: Senators elected in 2019 will only serve for 3 years

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 21) — The chairman of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) to review the 1987 Constitution said under their proposal, senators elected in 2019 will only be serving for three years – half the current term.

Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno explained the plan was for the country to hold its first elections governed by the new Constitution in May 2022.

Puno said, in their proposed Constitution, senators would no longer be elected on a national scale.

Instead, three senators will be elected from each federated region.

Puno said, this would mean that by 2022, all senators should be elected by regions only and those who were elected on a national scale will have to vacate their posts.

"Hanggang 2022 iyon kasi iyong election nila is under the 87 Constitution. Pagka pumasok ang 2022 Constitution, everybody has to abide with its provisions," he said.

[Translation: It will be until 2022, because they were elected under the 87 Constitution. When the 2022 Constitution is put in effect, everybody has to abide with its provisions.]

Puno explains the ConCom wants to elect senators per region to ensure that each region was equally represented in the Senate.

He said, "This election by region will assure that every region will have senators. That ought to remedy the defect of the current system where Mindanao is often unrepresented or underrepresented in the Senate. This follows the political rule of equalization for the unequal."