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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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Aug 10, 2018 - 9:17 PM

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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

Federalism might lead to hyperinflation – economists

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:35 PM

(UPDATED) Economists from the University of Asia and the Pacific warn that sky-high inflation may happen to the Philippines should it shift to federalism

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Kumakalembang na ba ang kampana para kay Duterte?

Jul 16, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Bakit bumagsak ang ratings ni Duterte nang 20 points sa Metro Manila at 18 points sa Visayas?

[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

Alvarez wants no elections in 2019 to speed up federal shift

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Congress would be pressed for time to amend the 1987 Constitution while tackling other matters like the 2019 budget and the filing of the certificates of candidacy for the midterm polls

FEDERALISM OVER POLLS? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (R) joins President Rodrigo Duterte (middle) and  Senate President Vicente Sotto III (L) at the 117th anniversary celebration of the Office of the Solicitor General on July 3, 2018. File photo by Malacañang

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

Robredo worried DILG federalism roadshow being used for 2019 polls

Jul 10, 2018 - 3:44 PM

'Doon sa amin sa Bicol, maraming nagrereklamo na mga kababayan ko na pinapunta sila [sa] DILG-sponsored event, so pera ng taumbayan. Pero may mga nagsalita na mga kandidato para sa susunod na senatorial elections,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

WARNING VS CAMPAIGNING. VP Leni Robredo questions why the DILG invited officials expected to run for the Senate to its federalism roadshow in Albay. Photo of convention by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler, photo of Robredo by OVP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 29, 2018

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Less than half of Filipinos want federalism in PH – survey

Jun 28, 2018 - 4:14 PM

(UPDATED) Awareness of and support for a federal system of government is highest in Mindanao and among Muslims, shows a Social Weather Stations survey in March

66-year-old Torre suits up again for PH in chess Olympiad

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The National Chess Federation of the Philippines to name the rest of the Olympiad team

SOLDIER. Veteran Eugene Torre leads the charge for Philippines' campaign in the 31st Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PSC to recognize Jiu-jitsu Federation of the Philippines

Jun 18, 2018 - 1:52 PM

The national federation will need PSC's recognition for financial assistance in the upcoming Kazakhstan tournament

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 2, 2018

May 02, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary discuss some of the provisions of the Executive Order (EO) prohibiting illegal contractualization during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. The President signed the EO during the event signifying his firm commitment to put an end to illegal contractualization. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO