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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

[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.

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

Same-sex marriages allowed in Cuba's draft constitution

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:05 AM

It defines marriage as the 'voluntary and consensual union between two people' without specifying their biological sex

CONSTITUTIONAL? Cuban lawmakers are set to debate on the Caribbean country's draft charter. Shutterstock photo

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: Duterte's wish for new transition leader complicates federalism shift

Jul 10, 2018 - 3:49 PM

The Consultative Committee will comply with President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a new provision explicitly barring him from seeking reelection under the new federal constitution

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

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

Thai king orders charter amendment in rare intervention

Jan 10, 2017 - 6:52 PM

Like most things regarding Thailand s secrecy shrouded monarchy Vajiralongkorn s approach to the crown remains a mystery and is not open to detailed scrutiny

THAILAND'S NEW KING. A woman holds an image of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on December 2, 2016. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/ AFP

Thai journalist charged under draconian charter law

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:10 PM

Prachatai reporter Taweesak Kerdpoka faces charges along with 4 members of the New Democracy Movement

epa05343844 Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha ooks delivers the keynote address of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 15th Asia Security Summit in Singapore, 03 June 2016. The IISS Asia Security Summit is an annual gathering of defence officials in the Asia-Pacific region and is dubbed the Shangri-La Dialogue in honor of the hotel where the event is held. The summit will go on from 03 to 05 June 2016. EPA/WALLACE WOON

Turkey PM says draft constitution will guarantee secularism

Apr 27, 2016 - 10:00 PM

UPDATED Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vows to ensure that the state is at an equal distance from all faith groups

Turkish Prime Minister and the leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu delivers a speech during AK Party's provincial chairmen meeting in Ankara on April 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Thailand files first charge under draconian anti-campaigning law

Apr 27, 2016 - 7:15 PM

UPDATED I want this case to serve as an example that from now on criticizing [the charter] must be done in a polite manner says an election official

epa05265004 A military police officer stands in front of a military base in Bangkok, Thailand, 18 April 2016. Pheu Thai party's core member, Watana Muangsook, a former minister during the government of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, turned himself in for an 'attitude adjustment' session at the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on 18 April, as he was called from the military junta after publishing political messages on his Facebook account. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Thailand unveils latest charter perpetuating army's power

Mar 29, 2016 - 8:25 PM

The military junta warns it will not tolerate criticism of the draft constitution in the run up to a referendum on August 7

epa05079072 Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha speak as he delivers the one-year performance presentation of his government at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, 23 December 2015. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK