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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

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

[OPINION] Con-Com draft constitution sets Comelec in the right direction

Aug 11, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Under current laws, the Commission on Elections is both an administrator and a quasi-court. Its split personality presents a lot of complications.

Con-Com member asks Duterte to fire Dominguez, Pernia

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Father Ranhilio Aquino says the recent remarks of the two secretaries may indicate President Rodrigo Duterte himself has grown 'cool to federalism'

Con-Com appeals to senators ‘sense of patriotism’ in charter change push

Aug 07, 2018 - 4:04 PM

(UPDATED) ‘This is the only chance that we’ve had since what, 120 years ago, when we established the first republic in Asia,’ says Presidential Consultative Committee spokesman Ding Generoso

EXECUTIVE SESSION. Con-Com spokesman Ding Generoso speaks to journalists after a closed-door meeting with members of the House committee on constitutional amendments on August 7, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Mocha Uson should 'lie low' in federalism drive – Con-Com spokesman

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:05 PM

(UPDATED) Previously enthusiastic about Uson's role in the information drive, Consultative Committee spokesman Ding Generoso now says the assistant secretary should give the topic of federalism 'a rest'

Andanar blames Con-Com spokesman for Mocha Uson fiasco

Aug 06, 2018 - 1:25 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar confronts Ding Generoso, but hasn't been able to discuss the matter with Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, his own staff member

Con-Com 'up in arms' over Mocha Uson federalism video

Aug 06, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Consultative Committee chairman Reynato Puno clarifies to members that he never authorized tapping Mocha Uson for the information drive, says a source

FURY. File photo shows members of the Consultative Committee taking their oath of office before President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in Malacañan Palace.

Con-Com's proposed 4 high courts bad for justice system

Aug 02, 2018 - 12:12 PM

The loss of prestige of a single Supreme Court would 'result in the impoverishment of the judicial process,' says former Supreme Court justice Vicente Mendoza

CHANGES IN JUDICIARY. Former Supreme Court justice Vicente Mendoza gives his assessment of the Consultative Committee's draft federal constitution. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Draft constitution 'backward-looking' – economic advocacy group

Jul 30, 2018 - 8:15 PM

The Foundation for Economic Freedom calls for the lifting of foreign ownership restrictions and the removal of 'protectionist' provisions in the proposed charter

[OPINION] Con-Com draft will not create a federal government

Jul 24, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Federal states will still be dependent on fiscal transfers from the national government. Without fiscal autonomy there is no real local autonomy.

[OPINION] Duterte’s federalism Con-Com missed most important homework

Jul 21, 2018 - 4:30 PM

No wonder the Consultative Committee has finished its draft constitution two weeks ahead of President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address – it passes to someone else the crucial, dirty, and most difficult job of having a transition plan

4 things you need to know about Duterte Con-Com's draft constitution

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:07 AM

If you needed to know just 4 things about the draft constitution crafted by President Rodrigo Duterte's charter change committee, these would be it

Senate President Vicente Sotto III recieves from former Chief Justice and Consultative Committee chairman Reynato Puno the draft copy of the proposed Federal Constitution on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Also in photo are former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and some members of the consultative committee. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Puno agrees with Senate on separate charter change voting

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Members of President Rodrigo Duterte's own charter change committee say that the two houses of Congress must vote separately on proposals to amend the Constitution

Workers of House of Representatives make the prepartion for the upcoming State Of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Consultative Committee 'impeaching' Robredo via new constitution

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'This could only be described as a reverse power grab or a sort of impeachment-via-new-constitution,' says UP political science assistant professor Gene Pilapil in the charter change Senate hearing

Vice President Leni Robredo witnessed the turnover of land titles to 447 families at Camp O' Donell Resettlement Site in Barangay Cristo Rey, Capas, Tarlac Province on Wednesday, July 4. VP Leni also visited the Capas Bahay Pagbabago drug reformatory center, which was hailed as a model facility by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for its holistic reformation program and well-maintained facility. Photos by OVP

What's in Consultative Committee's new transitory provisions

Jul 17, 2018 - 2:13 PM

The Con-Com's modified transitory provisions ban President Rodrigo Duterte from reelection, call for the election of a new Transitory President, and expand the membership of the powerful Transition Commission

DOCUMENT: Final version of Consultative Committee draft constitution

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:19 PM

The final draft incorporates changes President Rodrigo Duterte asked for: that he be prohibited from running for president in the 2022 elections, and the election of a Transition President

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

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] 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

2019 elections pushing through unless new charter ratified early – Malacañang

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The bid to cancel the 2019 elections so that lawmakers can fast-track the shift to federalism does not have President Rodrigo Duterte's blessing, says his spokesman

THE DRAFT. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas formally receive a copy of the draft federal constitution from the members of the Consultative Commission (Con-Com), led by former Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno. In a press briefing, Alvarez and Farinas said that the work of the Con-Com is recommendatory. They said that it is Congress, working as constituent assembly, which has the authority to propose amendments to the constitution.

LOOK: Congress receives Consultative Committee's draft constitution

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) Consultative Committee chairman Reynato Puno personally hands a copy of the draft federal constitution to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Duterte, Robredo terms cut short by election of transitory president, VP – Puno

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo may be forced to step down earlier than 2022, according to the Consultative Committee's revised transitory provisions

Duterte to endorse Consultative Committee's draft constitution to Congress

Jul 09, 2018 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte, however, wants amendments in the document's transitory provisions before he endorses it to the legislature

DOCUMENT: Con-Com draft constitution submitted to Duterte

Jul 09, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Here is the complete copy of the Consultative Committee's draft federal constitution submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on July 9, 2018

Duterte receives Consultative Committee's draft constitution

Jul 09, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Malacañang hails the submission as a 'significant step' towards the shift to federalism and hopes Congress will give the Consultative Committee's proposal 'much weight'

Duterte wants new constitution to bar him from reelection – Roque

Jul 09, 2018 - 1:34 PM

A provision that will make it impossible for him to run for president under a new constitution is the President's 'special request' to Congress

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MCM) at the General Douglas MacArthur Highway in Matina, Davao City on July 7, 2018, reiterates that he continues to fulfill his duty of preserving the country and protecting the Filipino people.

Should we be worried about Con-Com's draft transitory provisions?

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:42 AM

The proposed charter creates a powerful Federal Transition Commission which, according to a Con-Com member, lacks safeguards against abuse

Ret. Associate Justice Antonio Nachura, Ret. Chief Justice Renato Puno and former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. leads the 22 member Constitutional Committee as they approve the draft Charter for the proposed PH federal gov’t at the PICC in Pasay City on July 3, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Con-Com member backtracks: Duterte can't seek re-election under new charter

Jul 06, 2018 - 10:47 PM

Julio Teehankee takes back his interpretation of the draft constitution after consulting fellow Consultative Committee members

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accorded with foyer honors upon his arrival at the Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base (CJVAB), Pasay City for his attendance to the 71st founding anniversary of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) on July 3, 2018. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to Con-Com: Make me president only until 2019

Jul 06, 2018 - 9:29 PM

'In other words, elect a president before you make the transition from unitary to federal. I would be willing to accept the proposal,' Duterte says in his speech at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on Friday, July 6.

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 25th Annual National Convention of the Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines (VMLP) held at The Bellevue Hotel Resort in Panglao Island, Bohol on June 28, 2018.  Malacañang photo.

Duterte can run for president again under draft constitution

Jul 06, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Because the Consultative Committee's draft charter sets a 4-year term for the president, with one re-election, President Rodrigo Duterte can potentially stay in power for another 8 years, says Con-Com member Julio Teehankee

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 120th Anniversary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at the DFA Office in Pasay City on June 18, 2018, reiterates his stance of improving the peace and order situation in the country so that it would become more conducive for progress. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Draft constitution: After submission to Duterte, then what?

Jul 05, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The Consultative Committee's draft constitution is just one step in a long arduous process towards revising the Constitution and shifting to a federal system of government

Ret. Associate Justice Antonio Nachura, Ret. Chief Justice Renato Puno and former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. leads the 22 member Constitutional Committee as they approve the draft Charter for the proposed PH federal gov’t at the PICC in Pasay City on July 3, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK: Complete Consultative Committee draft federal constitution

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:47 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Here, in full, is the draft federal constitution crafted by President Rodrigo Duterte's Consultative Committee

Ret. Associate Justice Antonio Nachura, Ret. Chief Justice Renato Puno and former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. leads the 22 member Constitutional Committee as they approve the draft Charter for the proposed PH federal gov’t at the PICC in Pasay City on July 3, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Highlights of Consultative Committee's draft constitution

Jul 04, 2018 - 12:58 PM

EXCLUSIVE: A complete copy of the draft constitution includes an entirely new article on 'National Security and Public Order.' Here are highlights of each article.

Con-Com draft gives president all powers to prevent secession of regions

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The draft constitution 'allows the president to assume all the necessary powers of government – executive, legislative, and judiciary – to prevent the breakup' of the federated republic, says Consultative Committee chairman Reynato Puno

Ret. Associate Justice Antonio Nachura, Ret. Chief Justice Renato Puno and former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. leads the 22 member Constitutional Committee as they approve the draft Charter for the proposed PH federal gov’t at the PICC in Pasay City on July 3, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Puno recommends mid-2019 plebiscite for new constitution

Jul 03, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Is the Consultative Committee's draft part of a strategy to 'sanitize' charter change? The body's chairman Reynato Puno says such fears are baseless.

Ret. Associate Justice Antonio Nachura, Ret. Chief Justice Renato Puno and former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. leads the 22 member Constitutional Committee as they approve the draft Charter for the proposed PH federal gov’t at the PICC in Pasay City on July 3, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Con-Com ready to submit draft federal constitution to Duterte

Jul 03, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The draft constitution rules out a term extension for President Rodrigo Duterte, creates 18 federated regions, and 3 high courts. Here are some highlights of the draft document.

How Duterte's charter change committee proposes to fund regions

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Estate tax and donor's tax will be collected by the regions and not by the national government. An equalization fund will help lagging regions catch up with more prosperous ones.

Consultative Committee delineates powers of federal gov't, regions

Jul 02, 2018 - 5:10 PM

In the Consultative Committee's draft federal constitution, there will be 18 regions to be led by a regional governor elected by their regional legislative assembly

Power of president to declare state of war stricken out of draft charter

Jun 22, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The sole power to declare a state of war is returned to Congress in the latest printed version of the Consultative Committee's draft constitution

Consultative Committee rules out term extension for Duterte, Robredo

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:36 PM

A 10-member transition commission headed by President Rodrigo Duterte will complete the shift to a new system of government by June 30, 2022, according to the transitory provisions drafted by the Con-Com

PRESIDENT AND VP. President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo witnesses the program proper during the 39th Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Commencement Exercises on March 21, 2018. Malacanang Photo

Consultative Committee proposes 'democracy fund' for fair campaign financing

Jun 15, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The proposed fund is designed to empower small political parties that lack resources to go up against more powerful, dominant ones

Consultative Committee proposes self-executing People's Initiative article

Jun 07, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Laws proposed directly by the people must be declared as consistent with the constitution by the proposed Federal Constitutional Court, under the article being proposed by the Con-Com

LOOK: Schedule of Consultative Committee regional presentations of draft charter

Jun 07, 2018 - 12:50 PM

The Consultative Committee aims to submit the complete draft federal constitution to President Rodrigo Duterte on July 9

Consultative Committee proposes single electoral tribunal

May 30, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The proposed Federal Electoral Tribunal will not include lawmakers as members, as is the case with the Senate and House Electoral Tribunals

Congress can demand foreign loan documents in Con-Com draft charter

May 24, 2018 - 8:28 AM

A new provision gives Congress the power to obtain documents on foreign loans even while they're being negotiated by the executive

In Con-Com draft charter, NPA attacks may be ground for martial law

May 23, 2018 - 1:19 PM

(UPDATED) 'Yes, because it will be classified as terrorism,' says Ferdinand Bocobo, the retired general who proposed the new provision on martial law declaration

NPA. Members of the New People's Army in Maco, Compostela Valley. File photo by Mick Basa

Con-Com proposes adding 'lawless violence' as grounds for martial law

May 23, 2018 - 12:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'Lawless violence' will be defined as 'terrorism' and 'violent extremism,' says ex-military man and Consultative Committee member Ferdinand Bocobo

Halfway mark: How Consultative Committee's proposed charter is shaping up

May 22, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Midway through the work of President Rodrigo Duterte's Consultative Committee, here's a look at what's in their proposed constitution so far

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

Con-Com eyes giving president power to declare war without Congress

May 03, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Such power may be given if 'Congress is unable to convene,' according to a proposed provision for a new constitution being studied by the Consultative Committee