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[OPINION] Diagnosing pathologies in the 1987 Constitution

Aug 05, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Essentially, the Constitution has established a schizophrenic state which is once again a sad reality that clearly yearns for remedial action

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A grand swindle

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The road to federalism thus littered with all-too-familiar malignant obstructions, why take that road at all? Why, indeed, when a far less risky and costly alternative is available, an alternative built into an existing law that already devolves power to the local governments?

Majority of Filipinos reject shift to federalism now – Pulse Asia

Jul 16, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Only two out of 10 Filipinos support moves to change the 1987 Constitution at this time, according to a June survey conducted by Pulse Asia

[OPINION] Why I am against Con-Ass – and why you should be, too

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The Constituent Assembly or Con-Ass is the least democratic and participatory among the modes of changing the charter provided in the 1987 Constitution

[OPINION] The bad economics of Duterte’s draft constitution

Jul 14, 2018 - 2:07 PM

It appears that not much thought was given to the provinces' readiness for federalism, nor to federalism’s ultimate impact on regional growth and development

Con-Com wants to strip Congress of sole power to impeach

May 21, 2018 - 4:30 PM

In the federal constitution it is proposing, the Consultative Committee wants Congress and the judiciary to share the power to impeach officials

CHR: Granting of quo warranto petition vs Sereno 'erodes rule of law'

May 15, 2018 - 7:40 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it is in 'disbelief' over the decision of the Supreme Court to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

A group of lawyers led by the National Union of Progressive Lawyers troop the Supreme Court on May 15, 2018 to protest the quo warranto decision against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] A chance at deepening Filipino constitutionalism

May 14, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The palpable disconnect between majority of Filipinos and the national charter is a huge problem and must be addressed directly and comprehensively

Senators want info drive amid public sentiments vs cha-cha, federalism

May 02, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Opposition senators say the government should listen to Filipinos' voices and instead focus on solving gut issues

Photo by Alex Nueva España/Senate

Alvarez says gov't must work harder to educate Filipinos on charter change

May 02, 2018 - 5:10 PM

In response to a Pulse Asia survey, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez calls for an intensified information campaign to sway Filipinos who are against amending the 1987 Constitution

WARM WELCOME. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (L) and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III greets supporters gathered at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Tagum City for a mass oath-taking on April 6, 2018.

Con-Com proposes 'indissoluble' federal republic in preamble to amended charter

May 02, 2018 - 3:12 PM

The preamble finalized by the Consultative Committee rules out secession by any region or entity, says Con-Com Chairman Reynato Puno

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 2, 2018

May 02, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary discuss some of the provisions of the Executive Order (EO) prohibiting illegal contractualization during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. The President signed the EO during the event signifying his firm commitment to put an end to illegal contractualization. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Con-Com's proposed charter firms up West PH Sea stance, Sabah claim

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The Consultative Committee's proposed Article 1 confers 'constitutional status' on the Hague ruling and introduces the concept of 'sovereign rights' to the constitution

Con-Com votes to make CHR a constitutional commission in new charter

Apr 16, 2018 - 3:20 PM

This is meant to give the Commission on Human Rights more fiscal autonomy and strengthen its investigative powers in the constitution that will be proposed to President Rodrigo Duterte

Con-Com eyes reelection for president, mandatory Cabinet post for VP

Apr 12, 2018 - 1:25 PM

The Consultative Committee is also 'more or less agreed' on regional voting for senators and a 4-year term for president, vice president, and lawmakers

Duterte wants charter change to ‘avoid accountability’ for EJKs – analyst

Apr 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) UP political scientist Gene Lacza Pilapil says there are 3 ways for President Duterte to be protected from prosecution after his term under the 1987 Constitution ends in 2022

Rappler Talk: Is the Philippines ready for federalism?

Apr 09, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Is federalism fundamentally problematic for the Philippines, or is it simply not the right time?

Negros bishops tell Duterte: Don't rush federalism

Mar 28, 2018 - 12:35 PM

The bishops of Negros Island insist 'that the voice of the people and not that of self-serving politicians be reflected in any constitutional change'

IN PRAYER. President Rodrigo Duterte and members of his Cabinet pray before the the start of the joint AFP-PNP Command Conference at the Malacañang Palace on March 13, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Con-Com finalizes wording of anti-dynasty provision

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:20 PM

The vote of the Consultative Committee is a step toward regulating political dynasties but will Congress, full of scions of such dynasties, adopt the body's recommendation?

Additional P44B to P72B needed for federalism shift – gov't think tank

Mar 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies' estimate is conservative, as it assumes that the existing bureaucracy will not require any additional costs

Photo from PIDS website

New charter should ban Duterte reelection 'to protect democracy'

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:30 PM

A UP professor doubts President Rodrigo Duterte's vow not to extend his term, saying it is like his 'campaign promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys'

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Why PNP's new subpoena powers threaten our rights

Mar 11, 2018 - 1:40 PM

'It is so unfair and unjust. Marcosian ito, at bumabalik na tayo,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Con-Com considers electing president-VP as a team

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The Consultative Committee members who want this provision say it would lead to less conflict and more collaborative governance

Photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Con-Com leaning toward regulating political dynasties in proposed charter

Mar 07, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The group reaches a tentative agreement to include a provision regulating political dynasties in the constitution it will propose to President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the members of the Consultative Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Quo warranto proceedings vs Sereno unconstitutional, says Robredo

Mar 06, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The lawyer-turned-Vice President points out that the Constitution is clear in stipulating that a chief justice may only be removed from office through impeachment

CONSTI TALKS. Vice President Leni Robredo does not agree the Solicitor General's petition for quo warranto is a constitutional way to oust the Chief Justice. Photo by OVP

Con-Com to visit provinces for consultations from April to June

Mar 05, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The feedback will be treated as additional input to the new constitution which will be proposed to President Rodrigo Duterte and Congress in July

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Consultative Committee Member Aquilino Pimentel Jr. on the sidelines of the oath-taking ceremony of newly-appointed officials at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

More 'dangers' if federalism pursued before anti-dynasty law, says Robredo

Mar 02, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the absence of an anti-dynasty law under a federal system may lead to the emergence of 'fiefdoms' nationwide

CHARTER CHANGE CONCERNS. Vice President Leni Robredo says constitutional amendments should not be rushed, especially as the Philippines has become 'very divided' as a nation. File photo from OVP

Cha-Cha proposal, Omidyar donates PDRs, DOLE eyes Middle East deployment ban | Evening wRap

Feb 28, 2018 - 9:51 PM

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Duterte's Con-Com picks presidential-federal form of gov’t

Feb 28, 2018 - 11:34 AM

However, the power of the consultative committee, which is under President Rodrigo Duterte, is what the name states – consultative

Cha-Cha timeline? Discuss Con-Ass voting first, says Pangilinan

Feb 26, 2018 - 9:20 AM

There’s a pricklier issue that’s yet to be resolved: should the Senate and House vote jointly or separately in approving proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution?

CHA-CHA HEARING. Senator Francis Pangilinan during a Senate hearing on charter change. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/Senate

[OPINYON] Ordinaryong mamamayan, di politiko, dapat bumuo ng Konstitusyon

Feb 23, 2018 - 7:11 PM

Ang pagbabago ng Saligang Batas ay isang prosesong rebolusyonaryo na dapat mawala sa kamay ng elite at mga propesyonal na politiko, at dapat mapunta sa kamay ng mamamayan

Watchdogs slam proposed Charter Change as 'anti-poor'

Feb 20, 2018 - 2:20 PM

A new coalition of watchdogs says the proposed shift to federalism would only empower political dynasties

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Lagman on Garcia order: Congress can't be 'refuge' from Ombudsman sanctions

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The lawmaker from Albay also questions two provisions in the Ombudsman Act, one of which has already been struck down by the Supreme Court

WHY THE EXEMPTION? Albay Representative Edcel Lagman questions why members of Congress are exempt from an Ombudsman dismissal order. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

CHED to tap SUCs for forums on federalism, charter change

Feb 16, 2018 - 3:16 PM

CHED OIC Prospero de Vera III says the initiative would allow the government to tap experts from every region to talk about the possible effects of amending the Constitution

AID FROM SUCs.The University of the Philippines is also set to hold its on initiative to help the Con-Com studying amendments to the Constitution. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DILG opens federalism campaign office

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform, headed by Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, hopes to put a system to the government's information campaign at the village level

CAMPAIGN CHIEF. Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya speaks to reporters during the barangay elections briefing at the DILG headquarters, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte says he won't interfere with Con-Com work

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The Philippine President, a federalism advocate, says he is 'not ready to inject anything' into the Consultative Committee's proposal on Charter Change

Consultative Committee aims to give Cha-Cha report by Duterte's SONA

Feb 08, 2018 - 2:50 PM

(UPDATED) The committee plans to meet 5 days a week until July to study possible changes to the 1987 Constitution

Nene Pimentel: Con-Com meetings should be open to media

Feb 08, 2018 - 1:58 PM

'There should be no secret deliberations,' says former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr after attending the Consultative Committee's first ever meeting

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Constitution 101 with Florin Hilbay

Feb 07, 2018 - 11:15 PM

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the 1987 Constitution and what historic event shaped it?

A comparison of Cha-Cha proposals: From federalism to foreign equity

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Here are some of the topics among the proposed changes to the 1987 Constitution

Changing the Constitution: What are being proposed so far

Feb 03, 2018 - 8:42 PM

We track the proposed revisions to the 1987 Constitution, based on draft constitutions and proposed changes by the House of Representatives

1987 Constitution protects freedoms suppressed under Martial Law – Robredo

Feb 02, 2018 - 10:13 PM

On Constitution Day, the Vice President says the Charter embodies the Filipino's 'collective dream' of a society where wealth and power are for the greater good

FREEDOM FIGHTER. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech at the Universidad de Sta. Isabel in Naga City on January 31, 2018. Photo by OVP

Charter Change timetable: Plebiscite in 2018 or May 2019, says Pimentel

Feb 02, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Senate and PDP Laban president Aquilino Pimentel III says the plebiscite does not necessarily have to piggyback on the 2018 barangay or the 2019 mid-term polls

Congress, not Constitution, is the problem – Monsod

Feb 01, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'The problem is not the Constitution but the legislators who slept on the job for 30 years to fully implement it,' says Christian Monsod, one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution

Panel session on Autonomy and Federalism Debate in the Philippines during the 2nd day of the Global Autonomy, Governance & Federalism forum at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City on October 20, 2016.

New constitution must directly ban political dynasties – former SC justice

Feb 01, 2018 - 3:47 PM

However, UP political scientist Clarita Carlos says banning political dynasties goes against the citizens' constitutionally provided power to vote

POLITICAL DYNASTIES. Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza (L) calls for a new constitution that will directly prohibit political dynasties. File photo

Malaysia slams bid to make Sabah the 13th PH state

Jan 31, 2018 - 9:56 PM

Malaysia warns that this proposal, bared by former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr, can harm ties between Manila and Kuala Lumpur

TOP DIPLOMAT. Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman speaks during a trilateral meeting on security in Manila on June 22, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

READ: Rappler's verified explanation submitted to SEC

Jan 30, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Here's a full copy of the verified explanation that Rappler gave the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 29, 2017

CBCP hits move to let Congress change Constitution

Jan 29, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The CBCP voices its fears of a 'creeping dictatorship' in the face of 'self-serving' motives for Charter Change

CBCP PRESIDENT. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, delivers the homily at the closing Mass of the National Conference for the Promotion of the New Ratio in Cebu City on January 26, 2018. Photo courtesy of Roy Lagarde/CBCP News

Alvarez now says 2019 polls pushing through

Jan 25, 2018 - 6:14 PM

The House Speaker had earlier expressed openness to cancelling the mid-term elections

2019 BACK ON TRACK. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez against adjusts his timeline for Charter Change. File photo

Calida on Martial Law, Roque on Benham Rise, Pope Francis on fake news | Midday wRap

Jan 25, 2018 - 12:25 PM

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