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Senators to walk out if Con-Ass pushed in joint session

Jul 23, 2018 - 11:59 AM

The Senate has a game plan should it happen: Senate President Vicente Sotto III will adjourn the session on the part of the chamber, with senators walking out of the hall

WALKOUT? Senators threaten to walk out if a constituent assembly is pushed during Monday's joint session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Why I am against Con-Ass – and why you should be, too

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The Constituent Assembly or Con-Ass is the least democratic and participatory among the modes of changing the charter provided in the 1987 Constitution

Professors, scholars launch signature campaign vs constituent assembly

Jul 13, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) With at least 79 signatories as of 7 am of July 14, the manifesto also condemns talks of cancelling the 2019 elections

The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 or the Death Penalty Bill during the on the 3rd and final reading at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alvarez’s flip-flop on Cha-Cha hit in forum

Feb 27, 2018 - 9:25 AM

'I find it absurd that some brilliant mind in the House said that they should just vote jointly. No,' says a UE law professor on Speaker Alvarez

FLIP-FLOP? House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez files a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention but quickly shifts to calling for a Constitutional Assembly and strongly pushes for it. File photo

[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] 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

Bypass Senate? Nene Pimentel tells Alvarez to re-read Constitution

Jan 23, 2018 - 3:25 PM

'Basahin niya ulit yung Constitution sapagkat that is not what is envisioned,' former Senate president Nene Pimentel tells House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who insists they could change the charter without the Senate

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Pimentel says House should wait for Senate concurrence on Con-Ass

Jan 22, 2018 - 6:42 PM

This comes after the House transmits to the Senate its concurrent resolution no. 9 calling for Congress to constitute a constituent assembly

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Drilon counters Alvarez: Con-Ass dead without Senate

Jan 20, 2018 - 3:21 PM

'Walang patutunguhan iyan kundi sementeryo,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

NO SOLO CON-ASS. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says a Constituent Assembly can only be convened if lawmakers both from the House and Senate are present. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

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Jan 18, 2018 - 8:52 PM

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Robredo favors Con-Con over Constituent Assembly to amend charter

Jan 18, 2018 - 2:24 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo reasons forming a Constituent Assembly will divide lawmakers' attention between proposing amendments and passing legislation

CON-CON OVER CON-ASS. Vice President Leni Robredo wants the Filipinos to be given a chance to select a new set of representatives should the charter be amended. Photo from OVP

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Jan 18, 2018 - 1:58 PM

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‘Con-Ass without Senate won’t pass legal, constitutional, logical test’

Jan 18, 2018 - 11:53 AM

Tony La Viña: 'The only way a Constituent Assembly can be convened is if there is a joint resolution by both Houses'

JOINT SESSION. In this file photo, members of the Senate and House of Representatives attend a special joint session on the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao at the House of Representatives on July 22, 207. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

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Jan 17, 2018 - 8:31 PM

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Despite unanimous Senate 'no,' Alvarez insists on joint voting for Cha-Cha

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:06 PM

'We are representatives of the people. We are the nearest link to the people, so why should senators' vote have more weight than a congressman?' says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

SPEAKER ALVAREZ. The House Speaker insists on joint voting, contrary to the opinion of those who framed the Constitution. File photo by Malacañang

Senate mulls expulsion of members who will attend House-led Constituent Assembly

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Senators votes unanimously to demand that a joint assembly with the House to revise the Constitution allows separate voting by the two chambers

'RED FLAGS'. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon cites red flags in President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Opposition hits House 'railroading' constituent assembly resolution

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:39 PM

The chairperson of the House committee on constitutional amendments says, 'Mapaki-usapan natin ang ating mga kasama dito na hindi na sana nila mag interpellate, maka-save tayo ng time'

RAILROADED? The House opposition hits their colleagues for allegedly rushing the adoption of a resolution to convene Congress as a Constituent Assembly. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Lacson files Senate resolution to form constituent assembly

Jan 15, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson also calls for the Senate and the House of Representatives voting separately on Charter Change

LUMPSUM. Senators question the lump sum allocations in the 2017 budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways. Photo from Sen Lacson's official Facebook account

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

Joint voting on Cha-Cha? Senate's problems, plans against it

Jan 14, 2018 - 8:03 AM

If the Senate's vote is needed on ordinary bills, why not on the crucial task of amending the 1987 Constitution?

File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Enrile on cha-cha: House and Senate must vote separately

Jan 12, 2018 - 7:14 PM

Enrile says elections postponement and term extension are always possible, but only after amendments have been made to the constitution

NO TO JOINT VOTING. Former senate president Juan Ponce Enrile says the House of Representatives and the Senate must vote separately if they are to amend the constitution. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Jan 10, 2018 - 7:52 PM

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Senate minority bloc eyes questioning Cha-Cha vote before SC

Jan 10, 2018 - 4:07 PM

'We are open to it. Ultimately it will have to be decided by the Supreme Court,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, as he insists Congress should vote separately in a Constituent Assembly

HEARING ON CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION BILLS: Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin M. Drilon, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, shares a light moment with resource persons during the committee hearing on the proposed bills on the formation of a Constitutional Convention that will amend or revise the 1987 Philippine Constitution on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Drilon said the committee intended to find out (1) if the Constitution needs to be amended, (2) what the best mode of amending the charter is, (3) whether the two houses of Congress will vote jointly or separately, and (4) if Congress as a legislative body, can limit the powers of a Constituent Assembly or a Constitutional Convention. Also in photo is Senator Leila de Lima.(PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo/ 08 December 2016)

Congress eyes charter change working group, won’t wait for Con-Com

Jul 26, 2017 - 2:35 PM

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says the technical working group will recommend amendments to the Constitution to pave the way for federalism

FOR FEDERALISM. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas explains the planned TWG on charter change by the 17th Congress. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

17th Congress to convene as Con-Ass by 2018, says Alvarez

May 16, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the Senate and the House will convene as a Constituent Assembly next year with or without the constitutional committee created by the President

STILL ON HOLD. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Malacañang has not appointed any members yet to the consultative body tasked to review the 1987 Constitution. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Decentralization, not federalism, key to PH progress – constitutionalists

Apr 18, 2017 - 7:09 PM

If the development of the regions can be achieved by decentralization why still make them independent states and divide the country as a result? asks former Supreme Court Justice Vicente Mendoza

IS FEDERALISM THE WAY TO GO? Former SC Justice Vicente Mendoza, UP Alumni Association president Ramon Maronilla, and ex-UP president and now Kalayaan College President Jose Abueva during the forum on April 18. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte forms consultative body on constitutional amendments

Dec 09, 2016 - 1:46 PM

Under Executive Order 10 the 25 member committee will have 6 months to submit recommendations on amendments to the 1987 Constitution

CHARTER CHANGE. Will the Duterte administration achieve the Philippines' shift to federalism. File photo of SONA 2016 by ALBERTO ALCAIN/PPD

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

Senate to begin ‘informal’ talks on charter change next week – Pimentel

Nov 16, 2016 - 10:22 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says they will finish budget deliberations this week before discussing how to amend the 1987 Constitution

CHA-CHA NEXT WEEK. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says they will soon be discussing charter change at the Senate. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gov’t to review foreign investment negative list in May 2017

Nov 14, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The window will open for us to review that in May and certainly the economic team is going to look at lifting administratively some of those restrictions says Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez

Pichay files ethics complaint vs Barbers after near brawl in House

Oct 26, 2016 - 3:27 PM

UPDATED Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers says he had expected the ethics complaint and will file a more meaty counter complaint soon

ETHICS COMPLAINT. As promised, Representative Prospero Pichay Jr (right) files an ethics complaint against Representative Robert Ace Barbers. Photo of Pichay by Rhona Wise/AFP, photo of Barbers from his FB page

Super Typhoon Lawin, Con-Ass, U.S. Embassy protest | 6PM wRap

Oct 19, 2016 - 8:46 PM

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6 bills passed on final reading as House adjourns session

Oct 19, 2016 - 8:14 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas commends his colleagues for a truly productive session The House of Representatives resumes session on November 7

SESSION ADJOURNED. The House of Representative adjourns session on October 19. Session resumes on November 7. Photo by Mara Cepeda/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

Lawmakers squabble at House hearing on amending Charter

Oct 12, 2016 - 6:47 PM

Surigao Del Norte Representative Robert Ace Barbers and Surigao del Sur Representative Prospero Pichay Jr get into a heated argument at a hearing of the House committee on constitutional amendments

SQUABBLE. Lawmakers try to keep apart Representatives Prospero Pichay (right( and Ace Barbers (left). Sourced photo

Alvarez submits draft Con-Com EO to Malacañang

Aug 31, 2016 - 10:42 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is hoping that President Rodrigo Duterte will issue the EO in September so the Constitutional Commission may begin working by October

HOUSE SPEAKER. The challenge ahead for new House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is tremendous, but he is undaunted. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

No allocation for charter change in 2017 budget

Aug 15, 2016 - 7:46 PM

Senator Franklin Drilon says the non inclusion of appropriation for charter change is not surprising since the Duterte administration prefers a Constituent Assembly

NONE FOR CHA-CHA. The proposed 2017 budget did not allocate funds for charter change, one of the priorities President Rodrigo Duterte's administration. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

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

Gloria Arroyo: 'Strategic direction' is to fully support Duterte

Aug 10, 2016 - 3:43 PM

Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Arroyo says she supports the legislative agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte including the reimposition of the death penalty which was abolished during her presidency

BACK TO VMMC. Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Veterans Memorial Medical Center director Nona Legaspi during the signing of a deed donation on August 10. Arroyo donates two dialysis machines, two beds, and an air-conditioning unit to the hospital where she was detained for almost 4 years. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Con-Com EO for federalism being drafted – Alvarez

Aug 09, 2016 - 6:49 PM

Senate President Pimentel supports the formation of a Constitutional Commission saying it would help Congress save time as it focuses on other legislation

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

Congress to prioritize 2017 budget before Con-Ass

Aug 09, 2016 - 4:30 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he has no problem with senators interpretation that both chambers would have to vote separately to amend the Constitution

MEETING ON CHA-CHA. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Koko Pimentel lead a meeting among top leaders of the 17th Congress on August 9. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Fariñas: Suspension of lawmaking for Con-Ass 'not fatal'

Aug 05, 2016 - 2:25 PM

You are talking about divorce you are talking about death penalty E paano kung sa bagong Constitution bawal pala ‘yun? Sayang lang ang ginawa mong batas says House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

STOP PASSING BILLS? House Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas is in favor of temporarily stopping legislation for charter change. File photo by Rappler

House to appoint more deputy speakers to prepare for federalism

Aug 04, 2016 - 7:51 PM

The Lower House plans to increase its deputy speakers from 5 to 12 They will represent the regions should the Philippines become a federal state

PRO-FEDERALISM. The leadership at the House of Representatives is in favor of shifting to federalism, just like President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

Duterte: I'll close Congress if Con-Ass ruins Charter

Aug 04, 2016 - 1:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells critics of a Constituent Assembly that he is their last line of defense against a bastardized Constitution

DUTERTE'S THREATS. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a press conference at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang Palace on August 1. TOTO LOZANO/PPD

Lawmaker wants fast Con-Ass to make Con-Com new Cha-Cha mode

Aug 03, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Davao Oriental 2nd District Representative Joel Mayo Almario wants Congress to approve the creation of a Constitutional Commission as another legal mode for Charter Change

CON-COM FOR CHA-CHA. Davao Oriental 2nd District Representative Joel Mayo Almario wants charter change through a Constitutional Commission. Photo of Almario from his Facebook page

Congress vows to 'work day and night' as Constituent Assembly

Aug 03, 2016 - 4:36 PM

The deputy speakers say the House of Representatives can its working hours so members can equally focus on legislation and amending the 1987 Constitution

'WE CAN DO IT.' Deputy House Speakers Raneo Abu, Miro Quimbo, and Fredenil Castro assure that the 17th Congress can handle convening as a Constituent Assembly. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Filipinos vs Cha-Cha teach Congress they can disagree with Duterte – lawmakers

Aug 02, 2016 - 2:45 PM

The legitimate and real House minority bloc says they prefer to amend the Constitution through a Constitutional Convention purely elected by the people

'LEGITIMATE AND REAL MINORITY.' Six of the 8 members of the so-called "legitimate and real" House minority bloc call a press conference on August 2. From left to right: Caloocan 2nd District Representative Edgar Erice, 1-SAGIP Representative Rodante Marcoleta, Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, and Capiz 1st District Representative Emmanuel Billones. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Aug 02, 2016 - 12:55 PM

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