In the federal constitution it is proposing, the Consultative Committee wants Congress and the judiciary to share the power to impeach officials
Supposedly to make the process of appointing justices less politicized, the Con-Com wants, not just the president, but also Congress and the judiciary, to select justices for the 3 courts
The Commission on Human Rights says it is in 'disbelief' over the decision of the Supreme Court to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
The palpable disconnect between majority of Filipinos and the national charter is a huge problem and must be addressed directly and comprehensively
'There is no concrete proposal yet on the table.... This is premature because there is nothing really to debate about yet,' says DILG spokesperson Jonathan Malaya
(UPDATED) Survey results also show that a 'sizeable majority of Filipinos (66%)' are opposed to changing the present unitary system of government to a federal system at this time
The setup will 'provide better perspective on how to merge regions later on or how to strengthen existing regions,' says subcommittee vice chairman Edmund Tayao
'The principal issue is still the question of: How do you deal with the constitutional limits that are before us?' says UP associate professor Herman Kraft
This is meant to give the Commission on Human Rights more fiscal autonomy and strengthen its investigative powers in the constitution that will be proposed to President Rodrigo Duterte
The Consultative Committee is also 'more or less agreed' on regional voting for senators and a 4-year term for president, vice president, and lawmakers
The bishops of Negros Island insist 'that the voice of the people and not that of self-serving politicians be reflected in any constitutional change'
The statement of President Duterte that he will step down in 2022 even if a federal constitution is passed is as good as his campaign promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys
We must be ready to actively participate in the hearings and consultations to be initiated by the Consultative Committee
No democratic country with an existing unitary-presidential setup has been crazy enough to make these constitutional overhauls at the same time
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines says its intervention will note that under the 1987 Charter, 'impeachment is the only mode of removal of an impeachable officer for an impeachable offense'
A Comelec study reveals that while election players agree that females are competent and qualified, there is less acceptance of the idea of them actually running for a public office
Duterte's Cha-Cha will in fact create a new dictatorship even as it strengthens and expands the political dynasties’ monopoly on power
The protesters stress the critical role of the media in the historic 1986 event
Ang pagbabago ng Saligang Batas ay isang prosesong rebolusyonaryo na dapat mawala sa kamay ng elite at mga propesyonal na politiko, at dapat mapunta sa kamay ng mamamayan
The process of amending the Constitution or creating a new one will have to be a revolutionary process, one that takes it away from the hands of the elites and professional politicians, and places it in the hands of the people
Filipinos themselves must be reoriented, having been used to an over-centralized governance structure for so long
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
The VACC, VPCI, and physician Francisco Cruz claim that the accused government officials 'anomalously' funded the immunization program and favored Sanofi to procure the vaccine
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the 1987 Constitution and what historic event shaped it?
A compromised democracy results from arbitrary laws that define what is right and just according to standards of the ruling thugs
There is no way Speaker Alvarez can get a new constitution approved in a plebiscite at the time of the May 14 barangay elections
We track the proposed revisions to the 1987 Constitution, based on draft constitutions and proposed changes by the House of Representatives
While the Constitution is not perfect, many argue now is not the time to change it
'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
Duterte is in a great hurry. He wants to put federalism on track, hoping to construct around it some reason, some excuse, some pretext to stop the May 2019 midterm elections.
(UPDATED) Framers of the 1987 Constitution we spoke with say members of the committee on amendments and revisions forgot to adjust a provision in their final draft to reflect a bicameral congress voting on charter change. The Supreme Court can clarify that now.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alavarez is insisting that the House of Representatives can push through with amending the Charter even without the Senate's participation
Ang pamahalaang gumagamit ng corporate take-downs upang busalan ang mga tumutuligsa dito ay hindi mag-aatubiling sagasaan ang karapatan ng pangkaraniwang mamamayan
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez insists on his interpretation of the Constitution, even if it differs from that of his colleagues in the Senate and the framers of the 1987 Charter
Former chief justice Reynato Puno is among those President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to head a 25-person Constitutional Commission
'I can’t help but say, I’m proud to be a member of this Senate,' says the senator
Charter Change has been brought up by almost every administration since Martial Law
'Duterte is hellbent on imposing fascist dictatorship...and is flagrantly using basically the same strategy and tactics of mass murder, intimidation, corruption and charter change as the late fascist dictator Marcos used,' says Jose Maria Sison
The public should closely monitor the process of changing the 1987 Philippine Constitution to avoid abuses, say constitutional law experts
Magtitiwala ka bang isulat ng mga maginoong ito ang kinabukasan ng bayan at ng susunod na henerasyon?
What ethical norms must govern changing the Constitution?
Archbishop Socrates Villegas also slams proposals to extend the terms of government leaders as the Philippines shifts to a federal form of government
(UPDATED) Progressive groups say it's unconstitutional to extend martial law when there is no actual rebellion, and that President Rodrigo Duterte is really targeting dissenters and activists
Lawyer Eligio Mallari wants the House justice committee to include his land dispute case in the impeachment proceedings against Sereno
The ultimate reform objective we must have in mind is to establish a RegGov framework which can facilitate and maintain economic prosperity in the regions
It cannot be presumed a priori that 'no armed NPA will surrender to authorities,' because it has in fact happened. And any lethal self-defense can be justified only in the face of armed resistance.
Habang mahalagang manatiling matino ang mga pinuno ng Korte Suprema, kailangang manatiling alerto ang lahat, at di nababaling ang atensyon sa mga palabas na likha ng mga pulitikong may sariling interes o agenda
Ang mga nagtutulak ng rebolusyonaryong gobyerno ay isa lamang sa 3 paksyon sa koalisyong pampulitika ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. Nagkakagulo sila.
A Revolutionary Government would most likely lead not to authoritarian stability but to a succession of destabilizing military coups. This scenario, more than anything else, is what prevents the President from giving the green light to the RevGov faction.
Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon reiterates that constitutional bodies are not part of a destabilization plot against the government – an accusation the administration and supporters have thrown in the past year