Essentially, the Constitution has established a schizophrenic state which is once again a sad reality that clearly yearns for remedial action
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?
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
The Constituent Assembly or Con-Ass is the least democratic and participatory among the modes of changing the charter provided in the 1987 Constitution
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
In the federal constitution it is proposing, the Consultative Committee wants Congress and the judiciary to share the power to impeach officials
The Commission on Human Rights says it is in 'disbelief' over the decision of the Supreme Court to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
The palpable disconnect between majority of Filipinos and the national charter is a huge problem and must be addressed directly and comprehensively
Opposition senators say the government should listen to Filipinos' voices and instead focus on solving gut issues
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
The preamble finalized by the Consultative Committee rules out secession by any region or entity, says Con-Com Chairman Reynato Puno
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The Consultative Committee's proposed Article 1 confers 'constitutional status' on the Hague ruling and introduces the concept of 'sovereign rights' to the constitution
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
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
(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
Is federalism fundamentally problematic for the Philippines, or is it simply not the right time?
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'
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?
The Philippine Institute for Development Studies' estimate is conservative, as it assumes that the existing bureaucracy will not require any additional costs
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'
'It is so unfair and unjust. Marcosian ito, at bumabalik na tayo,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia
The Consultative Committee members who want this provision say it would lead to less conflict and more collaborative governance
The group reaches a tentative agreement to include a provision regulating political dynasties in the constitution it will propose to President Rodrigo Duterte
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
The feedback will be treated as additional input to the new constitution which will be proposed to President Rodrigo Duterte and Congress in July
Vice President Leni Robredo says the absence of an anti-dynasty law under a federal system may lead to the emergence of 'fiefdoms' nationwide
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However, the power of the consultative committee, which is under President Rodrigo Duterte, is what the name states – consultative
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?
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
A new coalition of watchdogs says the proposed shift to federalism would only empower political dynasties
The lawmaker from Albay also questions two provisions in the Ombudsman Act, one of which has already been struck down by the Supreme Court
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
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
The Philippine President, a federalism advocate, says he is 'not ready to inject anything' into the Consultative Committee's proposal on Charter Change
(UPDATED) The committee plans to meet 5 days a week until July to study possible changes to the 1987 Constitution
'There should be no secret deliberations,' says former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr after attending the Consultative Committee's first ever meeting
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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
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
'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
However, UP political scientist Clarita Carlos says banning political dynasties goes against the citizens' constitutionally provided power to vote
Malaysia warns that this proposal, bared by former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr, can harm ties between Manila and Kuala Lumpur
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The CBCP voices its fears of a 'creeping dictatorship' in the face of 'self-serving' motives for Charter Change
The House Speaker had earlier expressed openness to cancelling the mid-term elections
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