Highlights of Consultative Committee's draft constitution

MANILA, Philippines – A complete draft of the Consultative Committee’s (Con-Com's) proposed federal constitution obtained by Rappler gives a good picture of the document to be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte for his consideration.

The draft, a June 30, 2018 version, is identical in substance to the version approved by the Con-Com on Tuesday, July 3. 

According to sources, there are minimal differences between the two documents, as changes were mostly due to the deletion of redundant wording. Rappler’s comparison of parts of the July 3 and June 30 drafts confirmed this.

The committee has decided not to release the July 3 version to the public until it is submitted to the President.

The complete draft can be found at the end of this article.

Rappler will be publishing a series of stories on the most interesting articles in the draft.

Here are some highlights in the draft constitution:


Article I - National Territory

Article II - Declaration of Principles and State Policies

Article III - Bill of Rights

Article IV - Citizenship

Article V - Suffrage and Political Rights


Article VI - People's Initiative, Plebiscite, and Referendum

Article VII - Legislative Department

Article VIII - Executive Department

Article IX - Judicial Department

Article X - Constitutional Commissions

Article XI - Federated Regions and the Federated Regions of Bangsamoro and the Cordilleras

Article XII - Distribution of Powers of the Government

Exclusive powers of the Federal Regional Governments: 

Article XII - Fiscal Powers and Financial Administration

Article XIV - Accountability of Public Officers

Article XV - National Economy and Patrimony

Article XVI - Social Justice

Article XIX - National Security and Public Order

Article XX - General Provisions

Article XXI - Amendments or Revision

Article XXII - Transitory Provisions


Below is the draft in full (NOTE: We have reproduced the draft we obtained in another format.):

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– Rappler.com 



Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada covers the Office of the President and Bangsamoro regional issues for Rappler. While helping out with desk duties, she also watches the environment sector and the local government of Quezon City. For tips or story suggestions, you can reach her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.