MANILA — A draft of a new, interim Philippine constitution would abolish the National Assembly and vest all lawmaking powers in President Corazon Aquino in a democratic revolutionary government, it was disclosed today.
A Cabinet official gave the Associated Press and other reporters copies of the draft constitution today.
The official, who dealt with reporters on condition of anonymity, said Aquino wants to "soften some provisions" of the draft so she does not have to call her government "revolutionary."
The official said Aquino plans to announce the new constitution Monday. He did not say why he was releasing the draft today, and no government official would immediately authenticate the document.
The draft says, "This government is revolutionary in origin and nature, democratic in essence and transitory in character."
It would give Aquino the lawmaking powers of the National Assembly and would prohibit any court from questioning her authority or the validity of any law she decrees.