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Charter-change non-negotiables

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:28 AM

To counter vested interests, all citizens must be prepared to rally around key reforms that will truly bring about change

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Sep 13, 2017 - 6:44 PM

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1st impeach complaint vs Sereno 'sufficient in form, substance'

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:54 AM

2nd UPDATE The House committee on justice finds the second complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno – filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution – insufficient in form

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. The House committee on justice tackles the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Conclusion: The misuse of impeachment

Sep 06, 2017 - 10:00 AM

We have opened the Pandora’s box One can only hope that we will be also to correct ourselves and restore impeachment to its rightful use as a means of accountability and not a political weapon that will only destroy this country

Gina Lopez asks Duterte not to lift ban on open-pit mining

Sep 04, 2017 - 2:31 PM

Sir open pit mining will really disadvantage the Filipino our farmers and fishermen forever for life says the former environment secretary

EX-ENVIRONMENT CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with then Environment Secretary Gina Lopez at a Cabinet Meeting on December 5, 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/ Presidential Photo

Rewriting for what?

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

What exactly are we rewriting the Constitution for? We should write for a clear purpose – and not merely because the chance to rewrite is open to us

Sereno impeachment: Supreme Court OKs release of documents to aid VACC complaint

Aug 08, 2017 - 6:06 PM

For a second impeachment complaint lawyer Larry Gadon asks for more documents including the results of the Chief Justice s psychological examinations

REQUEST GRANTED. Supreme Court Spokesman Theodore Te announces on August 8, 2017 that the en banc has approved the release of documents to groups seeking the impeachment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sereno impeachment case: Publicity first, documents later

Aug 04, 2017 - 4:59 PM

VACC and Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution send a letter request to the SC for copies of court orders and resolutions two days after filing a complaint before the House Secretary General

VACC seeks Chief Justice Sereno impeachment

Aug 02, 2017 - 2:43 PM

UPDATED The complaint is jointly submitted by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution but it has not yet been endorsed by a lawmaker

Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Panelo: No constitutional limit to number of martial law declarations

Jul 06, 2017 - 6:00 PM

If the President lifts martial law one week prior to the expiration and then suddenly there is another rebellion are you saying he cannot declare martial law again? He can says Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo in response to the criticism of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

[Newspoint] Alive but annoyed

Jun 24, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Duterte should be made to understand somehow that if people wonder whether he is sick or worse it’s not personal; it’s constitutional

Martial law: When Congress defaults, Supreme Court can step in

Jun 07, 2017 - 9:00 AM

UPDATED Congress’ refusal to convene is tantamount to a waiver in favor of the Supreme Court of the legislature s priority in performing the duty to reviewing the martial law declaration

Duterte: Only AFP, PNP can tell me to end martial law

May 28, 2017 - 11:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Congress and the Supreme Court cannot tell him what to do because they are not the ones risking their lives on the battlefield

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the troopers of the Joint TaSk Force (JTF) Sulu prior to his visit to the wounded soldiers at Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu on May 27, 2017. Joining the President are Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Eduardo Año, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa and JTF Sulu Commander Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana among others. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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May 28, 2017 - 1:29 PM

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ANOTHER FIRE. Black smoke billows from burning houses near the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol in Marawi. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP


Martial Law 2.0 in Mindanao: Beta version of Duterte's authoritarian project

May 28, 2017 - 12:50 AM

Duterte is using a sledgehammer to take on a job that is properly accomplished with precision tools It is the convenient but indiscriminate weapon of an authoritarian leader

President Duterte must explain to Congress

May 26, 2017 - 11:00 AM

And whoever says that Congress need not convene to deliberate on the matter had better read the Constitution again

NATIONWIDE? President Rodrigo Duterte says on May 24, 2017 that the martial law declaration could be expanded to cover the entire Philippines if the terror threat persists. Malacañang photo

DND to AFP: Uphold rule of law, human rights in Mindanao

May 25, 2017 - 11:40 AM

With martial law in place in Mindanao the Department of National Defense reminds the Armed Forces of the Philippines not to violate the Constitution

Troops from different units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines march as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the inspection of troops during the 81st anniversary celebration of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on December 21, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

SC affirms ruling in favor of SEC’s 60-40 foreign ownership rule

Apr 18, 2017 - 11:21 PM

The Supreme Court affirms its rejection of a petition that alleges the SEC guidelines on foreign ownership were ‘tailor made’ to allow PLDT to skirt the cap set by the Constitution

Rewriting other parts of the Constitution?

Mar 29, 2017 - 7:18 PM

Are we content with the modes provided for rewriting the Constitution?

No to impeaching Duterte and Robredo

Mar 28, 2017 - 6:09 PM

What is a good thing – making top officials accountable – has now been distorted as a way of defeating the will of the people

Who said women are 'great partners' in nation building? Apolinario Mabini

Mar 11, 2017 - 5:07 PM

If only Apolinario Mabini s draft constitution was not politicized by his nemeses Filipinas would have started enjoying the rights they have now as early as 1898

The women in Mabini’s grand plan

FULL STATEMENT: Leila de Lima on her arrest

Feb 24, 2017 - 10:38 AM

From all these violence killings and crooked governance of the Duterte regime clearly I am not the Public Enemy No 1 here but this regime which has no respect for basic human rights especially the right to life says Senator Leila de Lima

'FIGHT FOR JUSTICE'. Senator Leila de Lima talks to reporters before she walks out of the Senate building to surrender to authorities on February 24, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Recto withdraws support for Cha-Cha, opposes federalism

Feb 22, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto who wants to limit charter change to economic provisions believes federalism will harm the economy

STRONGLY OPPOSED. Senator Ralph Recto says federalism will only harm the country. File photo

House plenary debate on charter change eyed in May

Feb 13, 2017 - 3:04 PM

Southern Leyte Rep Roger Mercado: We will be busy discussing the death penalty [first] Then it is our hope that Congress give priority on our business when we open our session come May this year

The House of Representatives in Quezon City on June 2, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Jan 20, 2017 - 10:36 AM

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Paranoid over martial law

Jan 17, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Is it wrong for a president to warn the nation that he is poised to declare martial law? My answer is unequivocal: No

Media 'misreported' Duterte's martial law remarks – Palace

Jan 15, 2017 - 9:25 PM

2ND UPDATE We consider this kind of reportage as the height of journalistic irresponsibility says Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

COMMUNICATING DUTERTE. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar leads the FOI Roadshow at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on January 14, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Federalism's implications on our legal and judicial systems

Jan 07, 2017 - 11:00 AM

The emergence of separate and distinct legal and judicial systems within the country need not necessarily divide Filipinos but it bears to recognize that such a threat does exist and it should at least cause one to think though the consequences of shifting to a federalist system

Thinking of martial law? Time for collective action

Dec 31, 2016 - 3:00 PM

As the year ends Mr Duterte his PNP chief his loyalists in Congress and the Cabinet should take a long hard look at what they have accomplished in these 6 months – before it is too late

Robredo: Threat of martial law 'worst Christmas gift'

Dec 23, 2016 - 5:03 PM

The Vice President asks Filipinos to remain vigilant against the threat of martial law calling President Duterte s challenge to the Constitution appalling

Duterte: Give president sole power to declare martial law

Dec 23, 2016 - 12:05 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also wants to amend in the Constitution another reckless reaction to the Marcos regime – the term limits on local officials

CONSTI CHANGE? President Rodrigo Duterte points out difficulties in the current Constitution. Photo by Robinson Ninal/Presidential Photo

Supreme Court upholds SEC foreign ownership rules

Dec 21, 2016 - 8:49 PM

UPDATED The High Court decides on a 2013 case involving PLDT s alleged attempt to skirt the constitutional cap on foreign ownership in public utilities

SEC AFFIRMED. In a vote of 8-5, the SC on Wednesday, December 21 denied the petition filed by Jose Judd Roy III, questioning the constitutionality of SEC Memorandum Circular No. 8, Series of 2013 or Guidelines on Compliance with the Filipino-Foreign Ownership Requirements. Rappler file photo

Retiring SC Justice Brion to be part of body reviewing Charter?

Dec 11, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Brion had previously indicated he was for charter change saying it should be done through a Constitutional Convention where delegates are elected

Senate panel to tackle charter change proposals next week

Nov 30, 2016 - 12:40 PM

The Senate committee on constitutional amendments and revision of codes will hold its first hearing on December 8 says Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon

CHA-CHA. Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon says the Senate committee on constitutional amendments will begin its hearing on charter change proposals on December 8, 2016. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

PCC: Make policy changes to open telco, energy markets

Nov 27, 2016 - 11:10 PM

What needs to be done is to pass proposed amendments to the 80 year old Public Service Law says a PCC commissioner

TELCO HIGHWAY. The amount of spectrum assigned to a telco impacts the cost of the build capacity, overall network performance, ability to offer new multimedia services, and general customer experience of wireless services.

Framers of Constitution condemn Marcos burial, draw hope from youth

Nov 24, 2016 - 3:14 PM

We are inspired by the outpouring of protest by the youth who give life to our hope for generations of heroes who are the antithesis of everything that was Marcos say members of the 1986 Constitutional Commission

YOUTH PROTEST VS MARCOS BURIAL. Students protest the state interment of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Is federalism a Trojan horse for other agenda?'

Oct 20, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Constitutionalist Christian Monsod says President Rodrigo Duterte s rush to amend the Constitution is dangerous demagoguery

FEDERALISM NOW? Constitutionalist Christian Monsod questions President Rodrigo Duterte's push for a federal form of government during the second day of the Global Autonomy, Governance, and Federalism Forum at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City on October 20, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Oct 13, 2016 - 9:44 PM

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Speaker Alvarez on lawmakers' fight: It's embarrassing

Oct 13, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Despite the near brawl during a committee hearing House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says they will continue to push for Congress to be convened as a Constituent Assembly to initiate the shift to federalism

EMBARASSED. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said that the conflict between two lawmakers during a House hearing on constitutional amendment is an embarrassment. Rappler file photo

Why federalism is not the answer

Oct 10, 2016 - 12:12 PM

Writes a retired Supreme Court justice: We don’t need to change to a federal system but only push hard for decentralization to break up the concentration of power in the central government

SC orals on Marcos burial: Issues and answers

Aug 30, 2016 - 10:30 PM

On Wednesday morning August 31 the Supreme Court hears arguments on the petitions filed by Martial Law victims to stop the burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

MARCOS BURIAL. The Supreme Court will hold its oral arguments on Wednesday, August 24, to resolve whether the late President Ferdinand Marcos deserves a slot at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

SC consolidates petitions vs Marcos burial, 3rd plea filed

Aug 19, 2016 - 5:03 PM

Our appeal to President Duterte is the Marcos burial is a promise you can break Whose hearts will you break if you don t go through with it? It s only the Marcoses says one of the petitioners

NO TO HERO'S BURIAL. Three petitions have been filed against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Supreme Court image from Wikipedia Commons

Martial Law 101: Things you should know

Aug 15, 2016 - 6:00 PM

UPDATED Under the 1987 Philippine Constitution a declaration of Martial Law can be revoked or extended by Congress and reviewed by the Supreme Court

Ex-Chief Justice Davide against amending Constitution

Aug 14, 2016 - 10:30 AM

If plans for charter change push through he hopes amendments will be done via a Constitutional Convention

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

#AnimatED: Time to Cha-Cha

Aug 08, 2016 - 9:00 AM

While the Constitution enshrines our rock solid fundamental principles it shouldn’t be impervious to change

Con or Ass: We can misbehave!

Aug 04, 2016 - 11:45 AM

For charter change a convention of appointed members would still be perfectly constitutional

CHANGE OF PLANS. President Rodrigo Duterte foregoes his earlier preference to call for a Constitutional Convention to switch to federalism. He now wants a Constituent Assembly composed of sitting lawmakers. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

44% of Filipinos oppose charter change – survey

Aug 01, 2016 - 1:39 PM

The Pulse Asia survey also reveals that a big majority of respondents in the survey say they have little to no knowledge of the Constitution

TRIVIA: SONA date changes through the years

Jul 23, 2016 - 10:30 AM

The date of delivering the annual SONA has changed through time

Political comeback after Palace? Only when I'm needed – Aquino

Jun 08, 2016 - 6:35 PM

President Benigno Aquino III looks forward to recharging himself in Tarlac after June 30

QUIET LIFE VS POLITICAL COMEBACK? President Benigno Aquino III discusses his plans after stepping down from the presidency in a Rappler interview at the Music Room of Malacanang Palace in Manila on June 7, 2016

[Dash of SAS] Love and sex advice from the Pope

May 19, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Many of the laws in the Philippines are based on the love and sex advice dispensed by the Church says sex and gender columnist Ana Santos