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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

Where do 2019 senatorial bets stand on key national issues?

Oct 27, 2018 - 11:15 AM

When the senatorial campaigns kick off, check the candidates' claims against this list of issues that have so far made headlines in 2018

ISSUES. Rappler looks into the stands of senatorial bets on various political and national issues. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Highlights of the House's draft federal constitution

Oct 15, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Here are the key provisions under each article of the draft federal charter authored by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and 21 other lawmakers

CHARTER CHANGE. The House of Representatives wants to pass its draft federal charter by early 2019.

House to put Robredo back in line of succession of draft constitution

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:53 PM

The House agrees to return the draft constitution to the constitutional amendments panel, which will make the necessary changes in favor of Vice President Leni Robredo

BACK IN SUCCESSION. Vice President Leni Robredo attends the House of Representatives' plenary deliberations on her office's proposed budget for 2019  on October 1, 2018. File photo by OVP

Robredo: Critics ‘too desperate’ to remove me

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also slams House committee on constitutional amendments chair Vicente Veloso for his defense of the proposed provision removing her in the line of succession

VP ANSWERS BACK. A Philippine flag is seen behind Vice President Leni Robredo as she delivers a speech on October 2, 2018. File photo by OVP

House aims to pass draft federal charter by early 2019

Oct 10, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has given the House committee on constitutional amendments marching orders to finish work on the proposed new charter 'on time'

CHA-CHA. Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso chairs the House committee on constitutional amendments. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

No set number of federal states under Arroyo’s draft constitution

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:57 PM

It leaves it with local government units to group themselves and petition Congress to turn them into autonomous states or regions

MORE POWER FOR CONGRESS. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (5th from R) and other lawmakers pose for the camera while doing President Rodrigo Duterte's signature fist pump. Photo from Facebook page of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

'Dead on arrival': Senate leaders reject Arroyo's draft charter

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'We don't have time to even talk about it,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who stands to benefit from the House proposal

Robredo camp: 'Outright ridiculous' to remove VP as Duterte's successor

Oct 09, 2018 - 12:53 PM

'Since when did a pending election protest become the basis of succession to the highest position of the land?' asks Romulo Macalintal, election lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo

OUT OF SUCCESSION LINE? Vice President Leni Robredo gestures during a speech at  Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet on September 28, 2018. Photo by OVP

House draft charter skips VP in line of succession to avoid 'instability'

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:46 AM

The chairman of the House panel on constitutional amendments says future developments in the vice presidential electoral protest may encourage 'military adventurists' to attempt a power grab

VP PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo is facing an electoral protest filed agianst her by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos

11-year-old PH wushu athlete dead after falling from bunk bed

Sep 30, 2018 - 7:49 PM

Junior wushu fighter Rastafari Daraliay died after a freak accident in the athletes’ dorm at the Rizal Memorial Complex

TOO YOUNG. Rastafari Daraliay was a promising wushu athlete. Photo from Instagram (@rastoogi_)


No budget for federalism plebiscite in 2019, says Comelec

Sep 20, 2018 - 9:53 PM

The Commission on Elections will need P6-8 billion if the federalism plebiscite pushes through, says poll chief Sheriff Abas

FEDERALISM PLEBISCITE. Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas says the poll body will need P6-8 billion for a possible plebiscite on federalism. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NEDA pitches roadmap for federalism shift

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The National Economic Development Authority proposes that the shift to federalism should be carried out in 5 phases spanning 15 years

PITCH. NEDA proposes a phased, 15-year plan to shift to a federal form of government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Why should Filipinos fund P100-M campaign for 'uncertain' federalism?

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:22 PM

'Mukhang waste of funds ang nakikita natin dito,' says ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio

'UNCERTAIN'. ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio warns the DILG of campaigning for a draft constitution. Rappler screenshot file 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

Dominguez warns unclear federalism proposal would scare investors

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says foreigners 'will not invest' if the rules under federalism are not clear

CLARITY. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez says the fiscal provisions under federalism must be clear. Photo by DARREN LANGIT


[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

Misleading: Senators 'block' approval of federalism budget

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Senators are only questioning the P90-million budget for the information drive on federalism

Business groups support economic managers over federalism risks

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The groups 'echo the concerns of fiscal and economic experts about the ambiguous provisions on the division of revenue and expenditure responsibilities' under federalism

Economic managers DBM Sec. Benjamin Diokno (2nd-right), NEDA Sec. Ernesto Pernia (2nd-left), BSP Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo (right), DOF Sec. Carlos Dominguez (left) on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, during hearing on the proposed P3.8-trillion budget for 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

[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.

[OPINION] Bangsamoro sub-state, not federalism

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:00 AM

This political nonsense about 'federalism' should be stopped as an exercise in political witchcraft

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Grace Poe wants Senate probe into federalism info campaign

Aug 10, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Public 'officials must at all times exercise professionalism in the performance of their functions,' Senator Grace Poe says in her resolution

SENATE PROBE. Senator Grace Poe files a resolution seeking a Senate inquiry into the government's federalism information drive. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sara Duterte says Mocha Uson should be 'more circumspect' about federalism video

Aug 10, 2018 - 7:54 AM

The President's daughter thinks the controversial PCOO official must 'fix' her manner of promoting federalism

DAVAO CITY MAYOR. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says the Davao City government has addressed the concerns of the Commission on Audit on the former's expenses in 2017. Photo from the City Government of Davao Facebook page

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'

All Cabinet members support federalism, insists Malacañang

Aug 09, 2018 - 1:52 PM

It is 'incumbent' upon all Cabinet members to make the shift to federalism happen, says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, after two economic managers questioned the Consultative Committee's draft charter

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the members of his cabinet before presiding over the 21st Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on January 8, 2018. Also in the photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINYON] Interbiyu sa ‘ekspeperto’

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Ano’ng opinyon ng ‘ekspeperto’ sa Palasyo tungkol sa Train Law, national ID, at ‘pepederalismo’?

Andanar silent on call for Mocha Uson to go on leave

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is still 'welcome' to help promote federalism, says Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte 'very cool' about Mocha Uson federalism video

Aug 07, 2018 - 1:27 PM

'He’s a believer in freedom of expression...To him, it was not really a big thing,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque about President Duterte's reaction to the latest Mocha Uson controversy

Comelec may need P6-8 billion for federalism plebiscite

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The Commission on Elections also needs 4 to 5 months to prepare for a nationwide plebiscite, says Chairman Sheriff Abas

BUDGET BRIEFING. Comelec Chair Sheriff Abas (right) and Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (left) appear at the Comelec's budget briefing at the House of Representatives on August 6, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Remove PCOO budget, use it for what Filipinos need'

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson's federalism video is 'not the first time that the PCOO made a fool of itself'

Celebs on Mocha's federalism video: 'We pay people like them for this?'

Aug 06, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Actresses Chai Fonacier, Agot Isidro, Ethel Booba, among others, hit Mocha Uson and blogger Drew Olivar over the lewd jingle-and-dance video on federalism

Why don't you just say sorry, Mocha?

Aug 06, 2018 - 4:16 PM

From rage to unprintable words, netizens react to Mocha Uson's video on federalism

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

Medialdea annoyed by Mocha Uson federalism video controversy

Aug 06, 2018 - 1:05 PM

No less than Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea is unhappy about the controversy sparked by Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson's federalism jingle

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea leads the commemoration of the 76th Araw ng Kagitingan at Mt. Samat Shrine in Pilar, Bataan on April 9, 2018. Also in the photo are United States Embassy Charge d' Affaires Michael Klechesk, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda and Armed Forces of the Philipines Deputy Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Salvador Mison Jr. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senators raise hell over Mocha's 'vulgar, desperate' federalism video

Aug 06, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Federalism is already dead even without Mocha Uson, says Senator Ping Lacson. 'With Mocha Uson, the ashes should be thrown far away.'

Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

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.

Pimentel hits Mocha Uson over lewd, 'bullshit' federalism dance

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Uson should be removed from the government's federalism campaign, says Senator Koko Pimentel

Nancy Binay to Mocha Uson: Show senators how you will explain federalism

Aug 01, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Senator Binay says it's important to know what Uson will discuss with the public because she will be using the P90-million information campaign budget of the DILG and the Con-Com

Arroyo wants House to 'work hand in hand' with Senate for federalism

Jul 31, 2018 - 5:58 PM

'We will be working closely with the Senate and find a common ground to push forward the approval of the federal constitution,' says Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfredo Benitez, relaying what Speaker Gloria Mapacagal-Arroyo told her allies

ARROYO ALLIES. Representatives Magnolia Antonino and Alfredo Benitez call for a press conference after meeting with Speaker Gloria Arroyo on July 31, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Businessmen see upside in federalism, but wary of pesky politics

Jul 26, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Lemuel Magracia, former president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Rizal says strengthening local governments will encourage good business competition among provinces

Gov't to allot P40M-P90M for federalism info drive

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:40 PM

An inter-agency task force will lead an information campaign to promote the Consultative Committee's draft constitution down to the barangay level, says Malacañang

[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

New antitrust body under proposed constitution 'good for competition'

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio Balisacan says the Consultative Committee's proposed constitution creates a Federal Competition Commission, a constitutional body that has 'more teeth' than the PCC

SUPPORT. Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio Balisacan supports federalism. PCC Photo

Alvarez floats using People’s Initiative to scrap 2019 polls

Jul 18, 2018 - 1:56 PM

There is, however, no enabling law for this provision in the 1987 Constitution

PANTALEON ALVAREZ. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez addresses the crowd as President Rodrigo Duterte looks on. File photo from Malacañang.

Federalism will ‘wreak havoc’ on Philippine economy – Pernia

Jul 17, 2018 - 3:43 PM

'[The] momentum of infrastructure improvement in the regions is going to be disrupted,' Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says

Federalism is the spoiler of the Cordillera autonomy party

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:32 PM

Thirty-one years after the Cordillera Administrative Region was created, the region has not moved toward autonomy – and the Duterte government’s barnstorming of federalism may derail it once again