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[OPINION] No charter change during pandemic

May 29, 2020 - 3:34 PM

'It is tone deaf on the part of government to create campaigns that will further divide its populace, especially during a pandemic'

House panel chair to DILG: 'Cha-Cha can wait'

May 21, 2020 - 2:26 PM

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

RUFUS RODRIGUEZ. Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez chairs the House committee on constitutional amendments. Rappler screenshot

Duterte federalism campaign goes online during pandemic

May 18, 2020 - 4:19 PM

The Duterte government gives a quota of at least 100,000 signatures per region

PLEDGE. The statement of support signatories commit to in signing for the Duterte government's constitutional reform campaign. Rappler screenshot

Lawmakers reject 'stupid' proposal to regulate campaign spending, contributions

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:02 PM

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

CHARTER CHANGE TALKS. The House constitutional amendments committee holds a hearing on February 19, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

As allies jump ship, PDP-Laban stalwart wants 'balimbing' ban

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Nakakahiya na.... Hintuin na natin itong ugali na wala tayong mga prinsipyo, wala tayong pinapanindigan,' says House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel

ENOUGH WITH PARTY SWITCHING. House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel, a PDP-Laban stalwart, backs the proposal to amend the charter to bar turncoats. File photo from Pimentel's Facebook page

What are the IATF's proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution?

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The House committee on constitutional amendments is voting on a draft resolution containing these proposals on Wednesday, February 19

IATF proposed amendments

Task force on Cha-Cha scraps proposed Regional Development Authority

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:16 PM

The revision comes after lawmakers and local government units opposed the creation of the RDA

REVISED PROPOSAL. Lawmakers deliberate on proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution, which earlier included the creation of a Regional Development Authority and has since been removed. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

DILG: Proposed regional dev't authority 'not a political unit'

Feb 04, 2020 - 2:08 PM

But Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel says the proposal would 'complicate' the process of implementing projects in the regions

CHARTER CHANGE. Inter-agency Task Force on Federalism and Constitutional Reform chair Jonathan Malaya discusses before lawmaker their proposed changes to the Constitution on February 4, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

‘Anti-democratic’ to ban dynasties, say lawmakers from political clans

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:20 PM

'This is very anti-democratic because there are families elected democratically,' argues Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano

YES TO POLITICAL DYNASTIES. Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano (2nd from L) and Surigao del Sur 2nd District Representative Johnny Pimentel (1st from R) oppose the anti-dynasty are against the proposed anti-dynasty amendment. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers to recall Cha-Cha resolution they approved in secret

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:08 PM

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

CHA-CHA TALKS. House committee on constitutional amendments chair Rufus Rodriguez says he would reopen their public hearings on charter change this month. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

In God's country: This week's outlook

Dec 17, 2019 - 6:36 PM

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

[EDITORIAL] Whatever happens to the Constitution, you and I share the blame

Dec 16, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Did the opposition oppose responsibly? Did the watchdogs watch intelligently? Did the voters care enough?

Behind closed doors, lawmakers OK resolution amending Constitution

Dec 12, 2019 - 3:10 PM

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

DISCREET VOTING. The House committee on constitutional amendments approves a resolution amending the Constitution behind close doors. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DILG relaunches push for constitutional reforms

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:02 PM

DILG Usec Jonathan Malaya says the new constitutional reform campaign includes equality provisions

SPOKESMAN. DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya speaks in a Rappler Talk on Monday, August 19. Rappler screenshot

Business groups in favor of easing restrictions on foreign investments

Sep 25, 2019 - 1:30 PM

But ex-Ateneo School of Government dean Tony La Viña argues that lifting these constitutional restrictions would be 'very, very dangerous'

Thoughts about charter change

Jul 25, 2019 - 10:29 AM

What I learned from following the initiative for decades

Gov't to still pursue Cha-Cha, federalism despite non-mention in SONA

Jul 23, 2019 - 2:33 PM

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'

FOR NEUTRALITY. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año distances himself from the Liga ng mga Barangay, which allegedly used government funds for shirts promoting administration Senatorial bet Bong Go. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Drilon says Cha-Cha 'laid to rest' without SONA mention

Jul 23, 2019 - 1:35 PM

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

No charter change, federalism push in Duterte’s SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) The President instead focuses on other priority bills, which are less controversial than charter change

Duterte pushes for charter change after naming next Speaker

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells the House of Representatives' next leaders that changing the Constitution is necessary, whether or not for a federal shift

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte stresses at a point as he delivers his speech during the Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (TODA) Summit at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on January 23, 2019. Malacañang Photo

[ANALYSIS] Avengers and Aryas for Congress

May 10, 2019 - 9:33 AM

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.

Pimentel sees hope for federalism shift in Senate after 2019 elections

Mar 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM

With administration-allied senatorial bets dominating pre-election surveys, Koko Pimentel expects more federalism supporters in the Senate after the May 13 polls

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Senate bets oppose removal of term limits, cha-cha for Duterte reelection

Feb 17, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Senatorial candidates, however, are divided on the issue of federalism

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte flashes his signature pose with Senate President Vicente Sotto III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and some members of the House and Senate before delivering his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Joint Session of the 17th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018. Also in the photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ateneo presidents hit lawmakers for 'railroading' Charter Change process

Dec 17, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The 5 Ateneo presidents urge lawmakers to include all sectors in dialogues to establish 'credibility and trust' in federalism debates

APPROVAL. Ateneo presidents slam lawmakers in the House of Representatives for passing the draft federal constitution on final reading with little discussion. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Malacañang warns House: Filipinos may reject your draft charter

Dec 14, 2018 - 3:37 PM

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

APPROVAL. The House of Representatives passes the draft federal constitution on final reading. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

'Pinakawalanghiya': Opposition hits House's draft charter

Dec 11, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao says the proposed constitution 'represents everything that is wrong with our government'

OPPOSITION VS CHA-CHA. Representatives Kaka Bag-ao, Jose Christopher Belmonte, and Ariel Casilao are against the House's draft federal charter.

House approves draft federal constitution

Dec 11, 2018 - 4:38 PM

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

HOUSE OF THE PEOPLE? The House of Representatives seek to control access of reporters to Batasan Complex and content of their reports. File Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Harry Roque: Overhauling Constitution for federalism ‘not realistic’

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:00 PM

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

Harry Roque sreenshots

[ANALYSIS] Deep Dive | Draft constitution: Surgical precision, not blunt force

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Resolution of Both Houses No 15, or RBH, is nuanced and quite strategic. It does not look like it's dead in the water.

Arroyo denies charter change railroaded in House

Dec 05, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says the House of Representatives' moves to amend the 1987 Constitution are 'part of the democratic process'

LUNCH WITH REPORTERS. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers a speech during the lunch she hosted for House reporters on November 26, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIST: Major constitutional changes the House wants under federalism

Dec 05, 2018 - 9:25 AM

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

CHARTER CHANGE. The House of Representatives wants to pass its draft federal charter by early 2019.

House approves draft federal constitution on 2nd reading

Dec 04, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Lawmakers give their nod to Resolution of Both Houses 15 after dedicating only 3 days of plenary sessions for debates

CHA-CHA. Lawmakers support shifting the Philippines to a federal system of government. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House ends debates on draft federal constitution

Dec 04, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Alliance of Concerned Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio fails to block the motion to terminate the debates at the plenary after only 3 session days

TERMINATED. Lawmakers agreed to terminate the debates on the proposed federal constitution on December 3, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

College degree requirement for elected officials anti-poor – lawmaker

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:51 PM

The House's draft federal constitution adds a college degree among the requirements for those running for president, vice president, senator, and representative

ANTI-POOR PROVISION. Residents look for the precinct where they can cast their vote during the 2016 presidential elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

House panel puts Robredo back in line of succession under draft charter

Nov 12, 2018 - 4:50 PM

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

BACK IN SUCCESSION LINE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the launch of Istorya ng Pag-asa for the province of Capiz in a ceremony held at Filamer Christian University on November 9, 2018. Photo by OVP

Duterte creates charter change task force

Nov 05, 2018 - 10:46 AM

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

Highlights of the House's draft federal constitution

Oct 15, 2018 - 8:25 AM

(UPDATED) Here are the key provisions under each article of the draft federal charter authored by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and 21 other lawmakers

CHARTER CHANGE. The House of Representatives wants to pass its draft federal charter by early 2019.

House to put Robredo back in line of succession of draft constitution

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:53 PM

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

BACK IN SUCCESSION. Vice President Leni Robredo attends the House of Representatives' plenary deliberations on her office's proposed budget for 2019  on October 1, 2018. File photo by OVP

Robredo: Critics ‘too desperate’ to remove me

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:20 PM

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

VP ANSWERS BACK. A Philippine flag is seen behind Vice President Leni Robredo as she delivers a speech on October 2, 2018. File photo by OVP

House aims to pass draft federal charter by early 2019

Oct 10, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has given the House committee on constitutional amendments marching orders to finish work on the proposed new charter 'on time'

CHA-CHA. Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso chairs the House committee on constitutional amendments. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

No set number of federal states under Arroyo’s draft constitution

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:57 PM

It leaves it with local government units to group themselves and petition Congress to turn them into autonomous states or regions

MORE POWER FOR CONGRESS. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (5th from R) and other lawmakers pose for the camera while doing President Rodrigo Duterte's signature fist pump. Photo from Facebook page of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

'Dead on arrival': Senate leaders reject Arroyo's draft charter

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'We don't have time to even talk about it,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who stands to benefit from the House proposal

Robredo camp: 'Outright ridiculous' to remove VP as Duterte's successor

Oct 09, 2018 - 12:53 PM

'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

OUT OF SUCCESSION LINE? Vice President Leni Robredo gestures during a speech at  Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet on September 28, 2018. Photo by OVP

House draft charter skips VP in line of succession to avoid 'instability'

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:46 AM

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

VP PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo is facing an electoral protest filed agianst her by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos

Arroyo’s draft charter skips VP in transition to federalism

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The draft constitution, which has reached the House plenary for deliberations, sets for May 2022 the first elections under a federal system of government

NOT IN SUCCESSION LINE? Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech before members of Zonta Club of Metro Rizal on October 2, 2018. File photo by OVP

Arroyo's draft constitution removes lawmakers' term limits

Oct 08, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Resolution of Both Houses No. 15, authored by Speaker Gloria Macagapal Arroyo and 21 others, also does not regulate political dynasties

TERM LIMITS. If the House's draft federal constitution will be approved, term limits for legislators will be lifted. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo's proposed constitution reaches House plenary

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:16 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's draft is different from the draft constitution submitted by President Rodrigo Duterte's 22-member Consultative Committee

House Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo gesture she waits for the start of the hearing for the Initial deliberation on the proposed Philippine Federal Constitution drafts at the House of Representative in Quezon City on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Federalism shift to cost only P13B, says Consultative Committee

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The figure is much smaller than those given by the National Economic and Development Authority and think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies

Malacañang asks Filipinos to comment on draft constitution

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The public can send their inputs to the Office of the Executive Secretary, Office of the Presidential Spokesperson, and Presidential Communications Operations Office

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III discuss matters on the sidelines of the the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2017. Malacañang Photo

Con-Com hopes Duterte won't quit before transition to federal government

Aug 17, 2018 - 5:40 PM

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the copy of the proposed Federal Constitution of the Philippines from former Chief Justice and Consultative Committee (ConCom) to review the 1987 Constitution Chairperson Reynato Puno during a handover ceremony at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace on July 9, 2018. Also in the photo are Atty. Lawrence Wacnang, Atty. Ali Balindong, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., Atty. Susan Ordinario, and Atty. Gideon Mortel. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO