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Putin delays reforms vote, holds back on tough virus measures

Mar 25, 2020 - 11:51 PM

President Vladimir Putin unveils a series of measures to support Russians and boost the economy

ADDRESS TO NATION. Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation over the coronavirus outbreak at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on March 25, 2020. Photo by Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP

Putin signs Russia's constitutional reform law

Mar 14, 2020 - 8:33 PM

The reforms will be sent to the Russian Constitutional Court which has a week to rule on whether to approve the law

A protester holding a placard reading "no to lifelong dictatorship!" demonstrates against the nullification of presidential term of Russian President in front of the State Duma in downtown Moscow on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)

Putin proposes to enshrine God, heterosexual marriage in Russian constitution

Mar 03, 2020 - 3:34 PM

Most Russians identify as Orthodox Christians, but Russia is officially a secular state

AMENDMENTS. File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin. AFP photo

Rappler Talk: UP Professor Maria Ela Atienza on assessing the 1987 Philippine Constitution

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:26 AM

On Tuesday, March 3, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Professor Ela Atienza to discuss the future of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, the changes it needs, and the ways these could be achieved

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

‘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

[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

Chile to vote on new constitution in response to protests

Nov 15, 2019 - 3:11 PM

The current charter has been changed numerous times, but does not establish the state's responsibility to provide education and healthcare – two demands made by the millions of Chileans protesting

CLASHES. Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the government and to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Mapuche indigenous leader Camilo Castrillanca -killed in a police operation - in Santiago, on November 14, 2019. Photo by Javier Torres/AFP

Chile to amend constitution, a key demand of protesters

Nov 11, 2019 - 11:37 AM

The new constitution will be drafted by a body called a constituent assembly and then put to a referendum for ratification, says Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel

MORE PROTESTS. Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the government of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in Renaca, Vina del Mar, some 120 km west of Santiago, on November 10, 2019. Photo by Dante Rossi/AFP

Syria government, opposition open 'historic' constitutional review

Oct 30, 2019 - 11:17 PM

The United Nations-brokered constitutional review committee includes 150 delegates – divided equally among President Bashar al-Assad's government, the opposition, and civil society

HISTORIC. Members of the Syrian government delegation attend the first meeting of the new Syrian Constitutional Committee at the United Nations in Geneva on October 30, 2019. Photo by Denis Balibouse/Pool/AFP

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'

Sudan generals, protest leaders agree on constitutional declaration

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The main points of contention concerned the powers of the proposed joint civilian-military ruling body, the deployment of security forces and immunity for generals over protest-related violence

SUDAN PROTESTS. A Sudanese protester waves a national flag during a rally in the capital Khartoum to condemn the "massacre" of five demonstrators including four high school students at a rally in the central town of Al-Obeida on July 29, 2019. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Thoughts about charter change

Jul 25, 2019 - 10:29 AM

What I learned from following the initiative for decades

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Duterte’s word replaces the Constitution

Jul 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

How did we manage to descend so low?

Duterte ‘resolves’ Speakership race, but is that constitutional?

Jul 08, 2019 - 8:14 PM

'The Constitution vests the choice in the members of the two houses not on anyone else. That’s what separation of powers means,' says law professor Ted Te

SPEAKERSHIP RACE. President Rodrigo Duterte picks the House Speakers and Majority Floor Leader of the 17th Congress. Malacañang Photo

Not right for Palace to pit two constitutional provisions vs each other – law expert

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The charter's order for the government to keep resources in the Philippines' EEZ for exclusive use of Filipinos is not in conflict with the provision requiring the government to 'serve and protect' Filipinos, says law professor Tony La Viña

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for posterity prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 25, 2019. Malacañang photo

Nograles: Despite 'verbal deal' with China, PH must still enforce laws

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, echoing Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, says the supposed deal is not yet enforceable since it lacks the necessary terms and conditions

[OPINION] Before it breaks down, we need to keep constitutional order

Jun 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

There are neither absolute rights nor absolute powers in the constitutional order. And a society which fails to observe these norms will ultimately decay from anarchy or atrophy.

'Thoughtless, senseless' to insist on mandate protecting PH waters – Duterte

Jun 27, 2019 - 10:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also dares critics to impeach him: 'Kulungin ko silang lahat'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 122nd anniversary of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) at the PSG Compound on June 26, 2019. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

SC reiterates Filipino, Panitikan not required in college

May 26, 2019 - 1:30 PM

The Supreme Court will no longer accept further pleadings and motions on the case

FIGHT RULING. Students and Filipino language advocates march towards the Supreme Court in Manila on November 26, 2018 as they hold a protest action condemning the recent CHED Memorandum Order 20 which aims to remove the Filipino subject in the college level. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Last chance

Apr 06, 2019 - 5:00 PM

In order to protect our Constitution and sovereignty, we need to keep the strength and independence of our Senate; and the Senate is only as strong and independent as its opposition bloc. If the opposition falls, so does our democracy.

Public officials legally required to be honest, says ex-ombudsman Morales

Mar 21, 2019 - 8:58 AM

‘Honesty is, therefore, a matter of oath derived from legal sources, not a matter of option driven by market forces,’ says former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

U.N. envoy discusses Syria constitution on Damascus visit

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:34 PM

United Nations envoy for Syria says talks over the constitution should be 'led and owned' by Syrians

ENVOY. United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen speaks to the press upon his arrival in the capital Damascus on March 17, 2019. Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

Thai court dissolves Shinawatra-linked party over princess PM bid

Mar 07, 2019 - 4:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Thai Raksa Chart party executives – including two Shinawatra family members – are banned from politics for a decade

THE SHINAWATRAS. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra receives gifts from supporters as she arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21, 2017. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Cubans back new constitution affirming role of socialism

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Some 6.8 million people, or more than 86% of voters, support the changes in Sunday's referendum, while only 766,400, or 9%, vote against

CUBAN REFERENDUM. Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel speaks with the press after voting in the referendum for the new Cuban Constitution in Havana, on February 24, 2019. Photo by Yamil Lage/AFP

DR Congo court confirms Tshisekedi winner of disputed presidential election

Jan 20, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The Constitutional Court says Felix Tshisekedi had won by a simple majority, paving the way for him to take over from longterm leader Joseph Kabila

WINNER. In this file photo, presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi leaves after a meeting between CENI, SADC and other presidential candidates in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on December 29, 2018, one day ahead of the General Elections. File photo by Luis Tato/AFP

DR Congo court to rule on disputed poll, snubbing African Union

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:44 PM

The dispute over the December 30 presidential vote has raised fears that the political crisis could turn into a bloodbath

DISPUTED POLLS. A supporter of Felix Tshisekedi, DR Congo's opposition politician declared winner of the December's presidential poll, demonstrates in the streets of Kinshasa on January 19, 2019 as they wait for an expected ruling in a case of another opposition candidate challenging the controversial result announced by the Commission electorale nationale independante (CENI). Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

[OPINION] Constitutional reform in the Philippines is necessary

Jan 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Most constitutional scholars agree that a constitution is never infallible or immortal. Our very own 1987 Constitution is no exception.

Cuba decides to scrap same-sex marriage law in new constitution – official

Dec 19, 2018 - 9:22 AM

(UPDATED) It is a surprising twist given public popular support shown nationwide – and earlier remarks from lawmakers in the Americas' only one-party Communist regime

Philconsa asks Supreme Court: Declare BOL unconstitutional

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:02 PM

In a 34-page petition, the Philippine Constitution Association also asks the High Court to issue a temporary restraining order on the implementation of the law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presents the Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during a ceremony at Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2018. Also in the photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. 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

House approves draft federal resolution | Evening wRap

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:37 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Ralf Rivas

'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

Ex-U.S. senators warn of 'constitutional crisis' under Trump

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Forty-four former US senators urge current and future members of the US Senate to make sure that 'partisanship or self-interest not replace national interest'

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump casts a shadow as he addresses a press conference on the second day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels on July 12, 2018. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

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

Sri Lanka president usurped powers of MPs – Speaker

Nov 11, 2018 - 9:27 PM

Sri Lanka's parliamentary speaker Karu Jayasuriya calls upon all public servants 'to refuse to execute any illegal orders they may receive, no matter from whom'

USURPATION. Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena is accused by the parliamentary's speaker of usurpation. File photo by AFP