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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

[OPINION] The ghost of federalism past

Oct 14, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Poor GMA, she can't bring enough gifts to be Santa. She will always be Scrooge.

[OPINION] Why I am against Con-Ass – and why you should be, too

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The Constituent Assembly or Con-Ass is the least democratic and participatory among the modes of changing the charter provided in the 1987 Constitution

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

Senators want info drive amid public sentiments vs cha-cha, federalism

May 02, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Opposition senators say the government should listen to Filipinos' voices and instead focus on solving gut issues

Photo by Alex Nueva España/Senate

Con-Com proposes 'indissoluble' federal republic in preamble to amended charter

May 02, 2018 - 3:12 PM

The preamble finalized by the Consultative Committee rules out secession by any region or entity, says Con-Com Chairman Reynato Puno

Con-Com confident public support for charter change will grow

May 02, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The body tasked to study amendments to the Constitution says the Pulse Asia survey results are a 'guide and challenge'

DISCUSSING BANGSAMORO. Con-Com members listen to a presentation by Bangsamoro Transition Commission members. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

SWS won't be used for 'undemocratic change' – Mangahas

Apr 14, 2018 - 7:36 AM

'We are a democratic institution. Our work is helping democracy,' says Social Weather Stations president Mahar Mangahas

SWS president Mahar Mangahas at a UP forum on April 13, 2018. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Con-Com proposals 'highly persuasive' to Duterte partymates – Malacañang

Apr 13, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Malacañang defends the importance of the Consultative Committee after former solicitor general Florin Hilbay says it has no constitutional value and is merely a 'deodorizer' of Charter Change

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the members of the Consultative Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte wants charter change to ‘avoid accountability’ for EJKs – analyst

Apr 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) UP political scientist Gene Lacza Pilapil says there are 3 ways for President Duterte to be protected from prosecution after his term under the 1987 Constitution ends in 2022

Rappler Talk: Is the Philippines ready for federalism?

Apr 09, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Is federalism fundamentally problematic for the Philippines, or is it simply not the right time?

For Puno, no term extension for Duterte in new charter

Mar 26, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Consultative Committee Chairman Reynato Puno thinks the 1987 Constitution on presidential term limits will apply during the transition to federalism

Con-Com wants environmental rights in new constitution

Mar 26, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Self-executing environmental rights would be part of the bill of rights of the new federal constitution, says Consultative Committee Chairman Reynato Puno

Con-Com leaning toward requiring college degree or equivalent for lawmakers

Mar 20, 2018 - 12:50 PM

The proposed additional qualification is 'to improve the quality of laws,' says Consultative Committee Chairman Reynato Puno

Con-Com finalizes wording of anti-dynasty provision

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:20 PM

The vote of the Consultative Committee is a step toward regulating political dynasties but will Congress, full of scions of such dynasties, adopt the body's recommendation?

Nene Pimentel, IBP, Namfrel reject no-election scenario in May 2019

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'The principal effect of a no-election scenario would be to upset the constitutional mandate that requires elective officials to be subjected to periodic check by the sovereign people,' says former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr

Additional P44B to P72B needed for federalism shift – gov't think tank

Mar 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies' estimate is conservative, as it assumes that the existing bureaucracy will not require any additional costs

Photo from PIDS website

New charter should ban Duterte reelection 'to protect democracy'

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:30 PM

A UP professor doubts President Rodrigo Duterte's vow not to extend his term, saying it is like his 'campaign promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys'

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Con-Com considers electing president-VP as a team

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The Consultative Committee members who want this provision say it would lead to less conflict and more collaborative governance

Photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Con-Com leaning toward regulating political dynasties in proposed charter

Mar 07, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The group reaches a tentative agreement to include a provision regulating political dynasties in the constitution it will propose to President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the members of the Consultative Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sereno hints at opposition to Charter Change

Mar 07, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno rallies support for the constitutional bodies facing threats of either abolition or dilution under Cha-Cha proposals

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Con-Com's 12 committees, subcommittees and their members

Mar 07, 2018 - 12:32 PM

The committees and subcommittees of the Consultative Committee are assigned to tackle specific parts of the Constitution, from the bill of rights to powers of the president

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the members and officials of the Consultative Committee following their meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Con-Com to visit provinces for consultations from April to June

Mar 05, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The feedback will be treated as additional input to the new constitution which will be proposed to President Rodrigo Duterte and Congress in July

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Consultative Committee Member Aquilino Pimentel Jr. on the sidelines of the oath-taking ceremony of newly-appointed officials at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sereno won’t resign, Malacañang on joint exploration, Duterte on UN rapporteurs | Evening wRap

Mar 02, 2018 - 8:03 PM

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Cha-Cha proposal, Omidyar donates PDRs, DOLE eyes Middle East deployment ban | Evening wRap

Feb 28, 2018 - 9:51 PM

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Duterte's Con-Com picks presidential-federal form of gov’t

Feb 28, 2018 - 11:34 AM

However, the power of the consultative committee, which is under President Rodrigo Duterte, is what the name states – consultative

Alvarez’s flip-flop on Cha-Cha hit in forum

Feb 27, 2018 - 9:25 AM

'I find it absurd that some brilliant mind in the House said that they should just vote jointly. No,' says a UE law professor on Speaker Alvarez

FLIP-FLOP? House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez files a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention but quickly shifts to calling for a Constitutional Assembly and strongly pushes for it. File photo

IN PHOTOS: Protesters mark 32nd anniversary of People Power

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Various sectors call on Filipinos to 'fight tyranny and dictatorship' and oppose moves to change the Constitution

'RESIST TYRANNY'. Various sectors protested at the People Power Monument on February 24, 2018, to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA Revolution. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Watchdogs slam proposed Charter Change as 'anti-poor'

Feb 20, 2018 - 2:20 PM

A new coalition of watchdogs says the proposed shift to federalism would only empower political dynasties

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DILG opens federalism campaign office

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform, headed by Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, hopes to put a system to the government's information campaign at the village level

CAMPAIGN CHIEF. Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya speaks to reporters during the barangay elections briefing at the DILG headquarters, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

A comparison of Cha-Cha proposals: From federalism to foreign equity

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Here are some of the topics among the proposed changes to the 1987 Constitution

[OPINION] Train to nowhere?

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:00 AM

There is no way Speaker Alvarez can get a new constitution approved in a plebiscite at the time of the May 14 barangay elections

Changing the Constitution: What are being proposed so far

Feb 03, 2018 - 8:42 PM

We track the proposed revisions to the 1987 Constitution, based on draft constitutions and proposed changes by the House of Representatives

DOH on Dengvaxia deaths, Pimentel on Cha-Cha, LTFRB on new ride-hailing applications | Evening wRap

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:24 PM

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Is there a need to change the 1987 Philippine Constitution?

Feb 02, 2018 - 3:30 PM

While the Constitution is not perfect, many argue now is not the time to change it

HIGHEST LAW. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is attempting to change the Constitution to make way for Federalism. Photo by Rappler

No budget for Cha-Cha plebiscite in 2018, says Escudero

Feb 02, 2018 - 10:37 AM

Senator Francis Escudero says a plebiscite can happen if Congress would pass a supplemental budget for it

PLEBISCITE IN 2018? Senator Francis Escudero says there is no funds in the 2018 budget for any plebiscite. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

No term extension for Duterte in our proposal – PDP-Laban think tank

Feb 01, 2018 - 5:55 PM

However, there is no assurance that the PDP-Laban Federalism Institute model would be the one adopted by Congress, as both the Senate and House are proposing their own versions

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Congress, not Constitution, is the problem – Monsod

Feb 01, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'The problem is not the Constitution but the legislators who slept on the job for 30 years to fully implement it,' says Christian Monsod, one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution

Panel session on Autonomy and Federalism Debate in the Philippines during the 2nd day of the Global Autonomy, Governance & Federalism forum at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City on October 20, 2016.

Ex-SC justice suggests judiciary appointees go through CA

Feb 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Retired Supreme Court justice Vicente Mendoza also says Congress' voting power in the Judicial and Bar Council must be clarified

Supreme Court justices led by SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno starts the oral arguments on the 1-year extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao by the Supreme Court in Manila on January 16, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

New constitution must directly ban political dynasties – former SC justice

Feb 01, 2018 - 3:47 PM

However, UP political scientist Clarita Carlos says banning political dynasties goes against the citizens' constitutionally provided power to vote

POLITICAL DYNASTIES. Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza (L) calls for a new constitution that will directly prohibit political dynasties. File photo

LIVE: Senate hearing on Charter Change

Feb 01, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Among the invited guests are justices and former members of the 1986 Constitutional Commission

Law prof asks SC to break impasse between House, Senate on Cha-Cha

Jan 25, 2018 - 8:16 PM

'A final and definitive resolution of the constitutional questions... would diffuse the tension in the nation that would go a long way to keep and maintain stability in the political system in the Philippines,' says petitioner Arturo De Castro

Malacanang on Charter Change, Mayon Volcano eruption, Roque on Navy frigate deal | Evening wRap

Jan 23, 2018 - 8:20 PM

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Bypass Senate? Nene Pimentel tells Alvarez to re-read Constitution

Jan 23, 2018 - 3:25 PM

'Basahin niya ulit yung Constitution sapagkat that is not what is envisioned,' former Senate president Nene Pimentel tells House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who insists they could change the charter without the Senate

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

P283-B increase in local gov't funds possible without Cha-Cha – Recto

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:59 PM

Raising the internal revenue allotment of local governments can be done through ordinary legislation, says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto

CHA-CHA. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said Charter Change is not needed to increase internal revenue allotment. File Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Navy frigate project controversy, Aguirre on Rappler probe, SWS survey | Evening wRap

Jan 18, 2018 - 8:52 PM

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Rappler on NBI probe, Nene Pimentel on No-El, North and South Koreas in Winter Olympics | Midday wRap

Jan 18, 2018 - 12:24 PM

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No-elections, long transition to federal gov't? 'Kalokohan,' says Nene Pimentel

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:30 PM

'Excuse me, but I think that's a lot of kalokohan,' says the former Senate President and framer of the 1987 Constitution

EXPERTS. A former senate president and former chief justices attend the Senate hearing on Charter Change on January 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Despite unanimous Senate 'no,' Alvarez insists on joint voting for Cha-Cha

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:06 PM

'We are representatives of the people. We are the nearest link to the people, so why should senators' vote have more weight than a congressman?' says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

SPEAKER ALVAREZ. The House Speaker insists on joint voting, contrary to the opinion of those who framed the Constitution. File photo by Malacañang

Nene Pimentel rejects abolition of Ombudsman in new Constitution

Jan 17, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'Let me emphasize that the good provisions of the Constitution should not be revised!' says the former Senate President

FOR FEDERALISM. Former Senate President Nene Pimentel speaks before a Senate hearing on proposals to change the Constitution. Photo by Alex Nueva España/Senate