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'It is tone deaf on the part of government to create campaigns that will further divide its populace, especially during a pandemic'
Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez says lawmakers would rather focus on measures 'that will save lives and the livelihood of our people' during the pandemic
The Duterte government gives a quota of at least 100,000 signatures per region
Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel argues that it is 'restrictive' and 'unrealistic' for the state to regulate even the contributions given to candidates during the campaign
(UPDATED) 'Nakakahiya na.... Hintuin na natin itong ugali na wala tayong mga prinsipyo, wala tayong pinapanindigan,' says House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel
The House committee on constitutional amendments is voting on a draft resolution containing these proposals on Wednesday, February 19
The revision comes after lawmakers and local government units opposed the creation of the RDA
But Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel says the proposal would 'complicate' the process of implementing projects in the regions
'This is very anti-democratic because there are families elected democratically,' argues Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano
The House committee on constitutional amendments also plans to reopen public hearings after the executive branch submitted a new list of proposed changes to the charter
The Philippines’ biggest court verdict this year is set to be promulgated on Thursday, when a Quezon City court is scheduled to decide on the worst case of media killings in the country’s history
Did the opposition oppose responsibly? Did the watchdogs watch intelligently? Did the voters care enough?
The House committee on constitutional amendments discreetly approves a resolution easing restrictions on foreign investments and extending the terms of House members and LGU officials to 5 years
DILG Usec Jonathan Malaya says the new constitutional reform campaign includes equality provisions
But ex-Ateneo School of Government dean Tony La Viña argues that lifting these constitutional restrictions would be 'very, very dangerous'
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says the charter change task force he heads will continue its work, believing the President still thinks federalism is a 'priority'
But Duterte partymate and PDP-Laban president Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says 'federalism will always be part of political discourse and agenda' as long as political parties that advocate it exist
(UPDATED) The President instead focuses on other priority bills, which are less controversial than charter change
President Rodrigo Duterte tells the House of Representatives' next leaders that changing the Constitution is necessary, whether or not for a federal shift
Here's what a Duterte-controlled Senate can do. On May 13, think about how you want the Philippines to become, and then cast your vote for the future.
With administration-allied senatorial bets dominating pre-election surveys, Koko Pimentel expects more federalism supporters in the Senate after the May 13 polls
Senatorial candidates, however, are divided on the issue of federalism
The 5 Ateneo presidents urge lawmakers to include all sectors in dialogues to establish 'credibility and trust' in federalism debates
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, who says he hasn't read the House's draft constitution, asks the chamber to be more 'open' to suggestions from sectors about controversial provisions in its version
Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao says the proposed constitution 'represents everything that is wrong with our government'
But the draft federal charter's chances of getting signed into law remain bleak, with senators earlier saying it would be 'dead on arrival' at the Senate
If he becomes senator, Roque would back only 3 changes to the 1987 Constitution, rather than a sweeping revision as proposed by Duterte's Consultative Committee and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Resolution of Both Houses No 15, or RBH, is nuanced and quite strategic. It does not look like it's dead in the water.
Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says the House of Representatives' moves to amend the 1987 Constitution are 'part of the democratic process'
No term limits for lawmakers, no anti-dynasty provision, the return of the two-party system – here are the major changes the House included in its draft federal charter
Lawmakers give their nod to Resolution of Both Houses 15 after dedicating only 3 days of plenary sessions for debates
Alliance of Concerned Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio fails to block the motion to terminate the debates at the plenary after only 3 session days
The House's draft federal constitution adds a college degree among the requirements for those running for president, vice president, senator, and representative
As agreed upon by the plenary in October, the House committee on constitutional amendments holds an executive session to approve the amendment in favor of Vice President Leni Robredo
The task force is in charge of a nationwide information campaign and ordered to coordinate with Congress to 'initiate' the process of changing the Constitution
(UPDATED) Here are the key provisions under each article of the draft federal charter authored by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and 21 other lawmakers
The House agrees to return the draft constitution to the constitutional amendments panel, which will make the necessary changes in favor of Vice President Leni Robredo
Vice President Leni Robredo also slams House committee on constitutional amendments chair Vicente Veloso for his defense of the proposed provision removing her in the line of succession
Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has given the House committee on constitutional amendments marching orders to finish work on the proposed new charter 'on time'
It leaves it with local government units to group themselves and petition Congress to turn them into autonomous states or regions
'We don't have time to even talk about it,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who stands to benefit from the House proposal
'Since when did a pending election protest become the basis of succession to the highest position of the land?' asks Romulo Macalintal, election lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo
The chairman of the House panel on constitutional amendments says future developments in the vice presidential electoral protest may encourage 'military adventurists' to attempt a power grab
The draft constitution, which has reached the House plenary for deliberations, sets for May 2022 the first elections under a federal system of government
Resolution of Both Houses No. 15, authored by Speaker Gloria Macagapal Arroyo and 21 others, also does not regulate political dynasties
Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's draft is different from the draft constitution submitted by President Rodrigo Duterte's 22-member Consultative Committee
The figure is much smaller than those given by the National Economic and Development Authority and think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies
The public can send their inputs to the Office of the Executive Secretary, Office of the Presidential Spokesperson, and Presidential Communications Operations Office
The presidency of Rodrigo Duterte 'is the best chance we’ve got to shift to a federal system of government,' says Consultative Committee spokesman Ding Generoso