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Con-Com wants to strip Congress of sole power to impeach

May 21, 2018 - 4:30 PM

In the federal constitution it is proposing, the Consultative Committee wants Congress and the judiciary to share the power to impeach officials

Con-Com eyes 3 high courts under federal constitution

May 21, 2018 - 11:25 AM

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

CHR: Granting of quo warranto petition vs Sereno 'erodes rule of law'

May 15, 2018 - 7:40 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it is in 'disbelief' over the decision of the Supreme Court to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

A group of lawyers led by the National Union of Progressive Lawyers troop the Supreme Court on May 15, 2018 to protest the quo warranto decision against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] A chance at deepening Filipino constitutionalism

May 14, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The palpable disconnect between majority of Filipinos and the national charter is a huge problem and must be addressed directly and comprehensively

‘Sizeable majority’ oppose federalism? Pulse Asia survey premature – DILG

May 04, 2018 - 6:01 PM

'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

'PREMATURE'. DILG Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya says the Pulse Asia survey on charter change was conducted even before a solid proposal was passed. Rappler Screengrab

Big majority of Filipinos against charter change – Pulse Asia

May 02, 2018 - 10:43 AM

(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

Duterte’s Con-Com eyes 17 regions, plus NCR, in planning federalism shift

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:16 PM

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

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Joint exploration with China must fit within PH constitution – expert

Apr 22, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'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

CONSTITUTIONAL? A joint exploration framework between the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea must follow the framework of the Philippine Constituion, according to Politcal Science Professor Herman Kraft. Photo by Rappler

Con-Com votes to make CHR a constitutional commission in new charter

Apr 16, 2018 - 3:20 PM

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

Con-Com eyes reelection for president, mandatory Cabinet post for VP

Apr 12, 2018 - 1:25 PM

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

Negros bishops tell Duterte: Don't rush federalism

Mar 28, 2018 - 12:35 PM

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'

IN PRAYER. President Rodrigo Duterte and members of his Cabinet pray before the the start of the joint AFP-PNP Command Conference at the Malacañang Palace on March 13, 2018. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Suspending elections involves shameless power grab

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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

[OPINION] Facing charter change head on

Mar 26, 2018 - 6:12 PM

We must be ready to actively participate in the hearings and consultations to be initiated by the Consultative Committee

[OPINION] Notes of caution on Duterte’s preferred constitutional overhaul

Mar 26, 2018 - 11:00 AM

No democratic country with an existing unitary-presidential setup has been crazy enough to make these constitutional overhauls at the same time

IBP seeks dismissal of quo warranto petition vs Sereno

Mar 22, 2018 - 1:57 PM

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'

SERENO. In this file photo, Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks during a forum at St. Scholastica's College in Manila, in celebration of International Women's Day. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[OPINION] Much has to be done to have more elected women

Mar 08, 2018 - 9:00 AM

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

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Duterte’s Cha-Cha disempowers Filipinos, especially poor, marginalized

Mar 06, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Duterte's Cha-Cha will in fact create a new dictatorship even as it strengthens and expands the political dynasties’ monopoly on power

In Bacolod, media oppression, Cha-Cha hit on People Power anniv

Feb 25, 2018 - 1:43 PM

The protesters stress the critical role of the media in the historic 1986 event

NEVER AGAIN. National Union of Journalists of the Philippines national director Nonoy Espina calls on the public to stand with the press during the 32nd commemoration of Edsa People Power revolution in Bacolod City, Saturday. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

[OPINYON] Ordinaryong mamamayan, di politiko, dapat bumuo ng Konstitusyon

Feb 23, 2018 - 7:11 PM

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

[OPINION] Constitution-making as a revolutionary process

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:00 PM

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

[OPINION] Major concerns in establishing a federal system

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:35 AM

Filipinos themselves must be reoriented, having been used to an over-centralized governance structure for so long

DILG opens federalism campaign office

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:15 PM

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

CAMPAIGN CHIEF. Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya speaks to reporters during the barangay elections briefing at the DILG headquarters, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Aquino, Sanofi, DOH officials face graft complaint over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:20 PM

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

ACCUSED. Former president Benigno Aquino III (center) is flanked by his former budget chief Florencio Abad (L) and ex-executive secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr at a Senate hearing in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Constitution 101 with Florin Hilbay

Feb 07, 2018 - 11:15 PM

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the 1987 Constitution and what historic event shaped it?

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Rule of law in a compromised democracy

Feb 05, 2018 - 9:00 AM

A compromised democracy results from arbitrary laws that define what is right and just according to standards of the ruling thugs

[OPINION] Train to nowhere?

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:00 AM

There is no way Speaker Alvarez can get a new constitution approved in a plebiscite at the time of the May 14 barangay elections

Changing the Constitution: What are being proposed so far

Feb 03, 2018 - 8:42 PM

We track the proposed revisions to the 1987 Constitution, based on draft constitutions and proposed changes by the House of Representatives

Is there a need to change the 1987 Philippine Constitution?

Feb 02, 2018 - 3:30 PM

While the Constitution is not perfect, many argue now is not the time to change it

HIGHEST LAW. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is attempting to change the Constitution to make way for Federalism. Photo by Rappler

Congress, not Constitution, is the problem – Monsod

Feb 01, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'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

Panel session on Autonomy and Federalism Debate in the Philippines during the 2nd day of the Global Autonomy, Governance & Federalism forum at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City on October 20, 2016.

[OPINION | Newspoint] A souring plot

Jan 27, 2018 - 6:04 PM

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.

Why 1987 PH Constitution unclear on Congress' Charter Change vote

Jan 27, 2018 - 4:49 PM

(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.

Cha-Cha without Senate 'pathetic, ridiculous' – senators

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:50 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alavarez is insisting that the House of Representatives can push through with amending the Charter even without the Senate's participation

STALEMATE? The House and Senate continued to be at odds over how they'll amend the Constitution. File photo of the House of Representatives plenary hall by Darren Langit/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Eh ano ngayon kung ma-padlock ang Rappler?

Jan 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Ang pamahalaang gumagamit ng corporate take-downs upang busalan ang mga tumutuligsa dito ay hindi mag-aatubiling sagasaan ang karapatan ng pangkaraniwang mamamayan

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