#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 15, 2018

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Dear Rappler reader,

The 1987 Philippine constitution is not perfect. It is also 30 years old and contains a number of provisions that are no longer applicable to current realities.

That said, what process should we use to change it?

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez already took initial steps to convene Congress into a Constitutional Assembly. His timetable: meet in January and hold the plebiscite to ratify the new Constitution in May!

Some senators have already spoken out against the idea. What do ordinary citizens and taxpayers think?

Send us your thoughts on the issue. Meantime, you may want to read the pastoral guide on charter change, prepared by Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas who spoke against proposals to extend the terms of government leaders as the Philippines shifts to a federal form of government.

Veteran journalist Vergel Santos also gives his 2-cents worth in the Thought leader piece, "Constitutional tyranny."

Rappler will keep giving you updates and explainers on this issue as we bring you today's top news. Stay tuned!

Who should draft new charter? Not Congress, Villegas says

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

'Hazardous' Mayon Volcano eruption possible within days

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raises Alert Level 3 for the Mayon Volcano in Albay

CHED chair Patricia Licuanan resigns

Licuanan announces her resignation during the flag-raising ceremony at the CHED headquarters in Quezon City

U.S. official defends early-warning systems after Hawaii 'failure'

The erroneous missile alert message comes after months of soaring tensions between Washington and Pyongyang

Prices of McDonald's drinks could go up due to tax reform

The exclusive franchise holder of McDonald's in the Philippines says it is thinking of ways to balance the impact of the newly-enacted tax on sugar-sweetened beverages

Greece set to allow medical cannabis use

Deputy Agricultural Development Minister Yannis Tsironis says the legalization of medical cannabis could attract investments up to $2.4 billion

Iran removes block on Telegram

Iranian officials confirm the app can now be used again after the lifting of restrictions imposed during recent protests

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