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Con-Ass pushing through with or without Senate – Alvarez

Jan 18, 2018 - 10:47 AM

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

PUSHING FOR CHACHA. Like his party mate President Rodrigo Duterte, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez supports a Constituent Assembly to pave the way for federalism. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Former CJ Puno: SC can't intervene in revising Constitution

Jan 17, 2018 - 5:02 PM

Former chief justice Reynato Puno is among those President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to head a 25-person Constitutional Commission

Former SC Chief Justice Reynato Puno during the Senate hearing on Charter Change on January 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lacson praises 'elevated level of discourse' at Senate Cha-Cha hearing

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:57 PM

'I can’t help but say, I’m proud to be a member of this Senate,' says the senator

'ELEVATED DISCOURSE.' Senator Panfilo Lacson (second from left) praises his colleagues and resource persons as the Senate resumes deliberations on proposals for Charter Change. Photo by Alex Nueva España/Senate

LOOK BACK: Past Charter Change attempts and why they failed

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Charter Change has been brought up by almost every administration since Martial Law

ATTEMPTS. Several administrations have tried to change the 1987 Constitution, which was created over 30 years ago. Photo by Rappler

Joma Sison: Rappler 'shutdown,' Cha-Cha show Duterte aping Marcos

Jan 17, 2018 - 10:55 AM

'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

JOMA SISON. The founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez

What you need to know about Charter Change

Jan 16, 2018 - 11:01 AM

The public should closely monitor the process of changing the 1987 Philippine Constitution to avoid abuses, say constitutional law experts

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Krisis ng tiwala sa Kongresong uukit ng Saligang Batas

Jan 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Magtitiwala ka bang isulat ng mga maginoong ito ang kinabukasan ng bayan at ng susunod na henerasyon?

FULL TEXT: Archbishop Villegas' guide on charter change

Jan 15, 2018 - 8:30 AM

What ethical norms must govern changing the Constitution?

PASTORAL GUIDE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas offers guidelines for his flock, the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, to help in understanding charter change. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Who should draft new charter? Not Congress, Villegas says

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:28 AM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas also slams proposals to extend the terms of government leaders as the Philippines shifts to a federal form of government

CHARTER CHANGE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas issues a pastoral guide on efforts to revise the Philippine Constitution. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NUPL lawyers file SC petition to stop martial law extension

Jan 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(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

Sereno calls out lawyer for ‘untrue’ accusation of delay in solving case

Dec 14, 2017 - 4:17 PM

Lawyer Eligio Mallari wants the House justice committee to include his land dispute case in the impeachment proceedings against Sereno

VACC. The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption is seeking the impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler


[OPINION] Time now to focus on RegGov

Dec 10, 2017 - 4:30 AM

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

'FOR THE MASSES'? In this file photo, pro-Duterte demonstrators gather in Mendiola, Manila on November 30, 2017 calling for the establishment of a revolutionary government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] War and law: Shooting-to-kill armed rebels

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:35 PM

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.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatEd: Impeachment ni Sereno, paghahati-hati ng Korte Suprema

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:00 AM

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

[OPINYON] Rebolusyonaryong gobyerno: Pagpapakita ng lakas o simbolo ng kahinaan?

Dec 02, 2017 - 7:40 AM

Ang mga nagtutulak ng rebolusyonaryong gobyerno ay isa lamang sa 3 paksyon sa koalisyong pampulitika ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. Nagkakagulo sila.

[OPINION] Revolutionary government: Show of force…or sign of weakness?

Nov 30, 2017 - 12:05 PM

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.

CHR's Gascon: Justice will prevail

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:37 PM

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

Can Duterte declare a revolutionary gov't? Here's what you need to know

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:36 AM

Under a revolutionary government, a person or a group can express dissent through a 'counter revolution' – an opening for civil war, says UP Political Science associate professor Aries Arugay

Pangilinan bill seeks new Constitution subject for Grade 12 students

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:43 PM

The proposed Constitutional Education subject would cover topics like the rights and duties of citizens, social justice, and human rights

CONSTI CLASS. LP president and Senator Francis Pangilinan wants Grade 12 students to learn about the Constitution in school. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Is the Duterte gov't attacking PH constitutional bodies?

Oct 25, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Heads of constitutional bodies and commissions are hounded by impeachment complaints and threats under the Duterte administration

Duterte can't participate in Sereno impeachment – lawyer

Oct 07, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says President Rodrigo Duterte cannot serve as a special prosecutor in the impeachment proceedings as it 'violates the constitutional role of the House of Representatives to act as sole prosecutors in impeachment cases’

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. Lawyer Josalee Deila, spokesperson of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, attends the hearing of the House justice committee regarding the impeachment complaint filed against Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, May 22-28, 2017

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 20, 2017

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