One of the framers of the 1987 Constitution said the present attempt on charter change is motivated by power and money.

Lawyer Christian Monsod made the comment as legislators start tinkering with the Constitution to amend its economic provisions.

The Senate committees on constitutional amendments and economic has started hearings on proposed economic amendments to the 1987 Constitution.

At the House of Representatives, a motion has been filed by House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco seeking to convene Congress as a constituent assembly to amend Articles XII, XIV, and XVI of the Constitution.

“There have been five previous attempts to change the Constitution….all of these past attempts were unsuccessful because the people perceived the articulated purposes as a smokescreen for self-serving ends,” Monsod said.

“The real motive, just like previous attempts, is power and money,” sadi Monsod.

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