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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

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

Breaking up Supreme Court into 4 high courts weakens judiciary

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Former SC associate justice Vicente Mendoza says it's more important to preserve the role of the High Court in the justice system

Rappler Talk: Retired SC Justice Vicente Mendoza on draft charter and judiciary

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:59 PM

On Wednesday, August 15, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to retired SC associate justice Vicente Mendoza on the implications of breaking down the 'single and generalized' high court into 4 federal courts

[ANALYSIS] Why Duterte’s federalism endangers government’s finances

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:04 AM

Unless we first fix existing regional economic disparities, Bayanihan Federalism will only leave more poor regions behind

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

Arroyo to House panel: Stop deliberations on draft federal charter

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says the House committee on constitutional amendments should focus on convincing the Senate to convene into a Constituent Assembly, which will then discuss the proposed constitution

CHA-CHA TALKS. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo gives her marching orders to House constitutional amendments panel chairperson Vicente Veloso on August 7, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House to pass resolution on separate voting for charter change

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:17 AM

(2ND UPDATE) Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo files the resolution on Tuesday, August 7, calling for a Constituent Assembly but specifying that the House and the Senate would vote separately

CHA-CHA TALKS. The House of Representatives will pass a resolution expressing their intention for both chambers of Congress to vote separately in a Constituent Assembly. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Draft charter downgrades Supreme Court

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Creating mini supreme courts has never been advanced as solutions because it is contrary to the idea of One Supreme Court

President's health: Touchy topic for Duterte, public concern for Constitution

Aug 04, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The public so far relies only on the word of President Rodrigo Duterte and his spokesmen as to the real state of his health

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises his fist as he exclaims, 'Mabuhay ang Ipil!' in his speech during the celebration of the ‘69th Araw ng Ipil’ at the Ipil Municipal Plaza in Zamboanga Sibugay Province on July 26, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Arroyo OK with separate voting on charter change for House, Senate

Aug 01, 2018 - 2:15 PM

'Better to move forward and achieve something than to be very stubborn and achieve nothing,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, as senators strongly oppose joint voting

Greening the NLEX with GMA. Photo by Maria Tan/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] Cha-Cha train is stuck at the station

Jul 28, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Gloria Arroyo’s ascension to the speakership adds a new wrinkle to prospects for Cha-Cha in the Senate

[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.

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

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

[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

TRIVIA: SONA date changes through the years

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:30 PM

The date of delivering the annual SONA has changed through time

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

The push for indigenous people's provisions in BBL

Jul 10, 2018 - 2:06 PM

If the BBL is a template for federalism, the more we need to articulate indigenous people's rights in it because IPs are not only found in the Bangsamoro core area but scattered throughout the country

Duterte wants new 'transition president' after federal constitution ratified

Jul 09, 2018 - 7:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte now wants someone else to lead the transition to a federal system of government so he can step down as soon as a new constitution is ratified through a plebiscite

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte applauds as he witnesses the program proper during the 31st founding anniversary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) at the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Amphitheater, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City on July 4, 2018. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Charter change 'untimely' amid rising prices, killings – Robredo

Jul 08, 2018 - 2:33 PM

'Ang usaping simbigat nito ay hindi dapat minamadali at ginagawang tungkol lamang sa mga kasalukuyang nasa poder ng kapangyarihan,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Military rejects electronic surveillance limits in draft constitution

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr also rejects a move to delete the provision in the current constitution assigning the military as the ‘protector of the people’

REVIEW. Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr says on July 5, 2018, he will create a group that will carefully study the draft by the ConCom for its possible impact on the security sector. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

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

Duterte violated Constitution by calling God stupid – Brother Eddie

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:13 AM

'When you are a leader, especially the highest leader of the nation, and you mock, wittingly or unwittingly, the God being acknowledged by your Constitution, you are actually violating the soul of the nation,' says Brother Eddie Villanueva

'HOLY ANGER.' Jesus Is Lord Church founder Brother Eddie Villanueva says he felt 'holy anger' when President Rodrigo Duterte called God stupid. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Leonen grills Calida: Can you prove Constitution bans same-sex marriage?

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:47 PM

'We choose only portions of the past that we like and call it tradition that we must preserve,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

CONSTITUTION. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen and Solicitor General Jose Calida argued on June 26, 2018, on whether the Constitution contemplated same-sex marriage.

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

Duterte never interfered in drafting of federal constitution – Nene Pimentel

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The Consultative Committee made sure the 'fears of the people' about charter change are addressed in the draft constitution, says former Senate president Aquilino 'Nene' Pimentel Jr

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

SC justice applicants stumble on freedom of expression question

Jun 14, 2018 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) The concept of freedom of expression is usually tackled during the first year of law school

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

FACT CHECK: A new death penalty law won't apply to De Lima's case

Jun 07, 2018 - 8:49 AM

The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines also prohibits the passing of any retroactive law

Zubiri: Senate's BBL version complies with Constitution

May 31, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The MILF is expected to push hard to restore key provisions that were removed or revised by both chambers

HUDDLE. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri with officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front during deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Sourced photo

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 3 high courts under federal constitution

May 21, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Supposedly to make the process of appointing justices less politicized, the Con-Com wants, not just the president, but also Congress and the judiciary, to select justices for the 3 courts