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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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Con-Con won’t guarantee election of 'right people' – Alvarez

Aug 02, 2016 - 11:38 AM

In defending the Constituent Assembly Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says all elections – even the polls for Constitutional Convention delegates – may be influenced by big businessmen and other vested interests

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

Senators divided on Con-Con, Constituent Assembly

Aug 01, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Some senators remain open to a Constituent Assembly as long as the Senate and the House of Representatives will be allowed to vote separately on proposals

Alvarez to ask Duterte to pass Con-Com EO for federalism

Aug 01, 2016 - 11:46 AM

UPDATED The Speaker proposes the formation of a Constitutional Commission after critics said there would be abuse of power in a Constituent Assembly

Members of the Philippine Congress sing the Philippine National Anthem during the opening session prior to The State of the Nation Address of President Duterte at the Philippine Congress building in Quezon City, 25 July 2016. Mark Cristino/EPA

Fariñas: Con-Ass 'simply practical and common sense'

Jul 31, 2016 - 7:30 PM

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says there is no ulterior motive in the decision to push for a Constituent Assembly

The problem with Con-Ass? Distrust of Congress

Jul 31, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Critics oppose the move to convene a Constituent Assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution: The 17th Congress cannot be trusted to legislate against its own

Guests stand up as President Rodrigo R. Duterte arrives at the Gallery of the Batasang Pambansa to deliver his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday July 25, 2016. ALBERTO ALCAIN/PPD

Duterte: New Constitution should abolish party list

Jul 29, 2016 - 9:54 PM

President Duterte insists the party list is being abused by wealthy Filipinos who create them just to get seats in Congress

DUTERTE AND CONGRESS. President Rodrigo Duterte greeted by lawmakers during his SONA in Batasang Pambansa on July 25, 2016. Photo by Presidential Photographers Division

Lawmakers warn vs abuse of power under Constituent Assembly

Jul 29, 2016 - 1:30 PM

A [Constituent] Assembly under a supermajority in both chambers of Congress is like having zombies to rewrite our Constitution says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

FEDERALISM CHAMPION. In his first State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte urges Filipinos to have a federal parliamentary form of government. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

Constituent Assembly reason behind Suarez’s minority leadership?

Jul 29, 2016 - 12:44 PM

For me my detractors should be able to face the mirror and look at themselves Before you accuse me look at yourself Minority Leader Danilo Suarez tells his accuser Representative Edcel Lagman

RIVALS. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman disagrees with the election of House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez.

Duterte wants Constituent Assembly to amend Constitution – Alvarez

Jul 28, 2016 - 4:50 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the Duterte administration wants to start the shift to a federal system after the 2019 midterm polls

CHANGE OF PLANS. President Rodrigo Duterte foregoes his earlier preference to call for a Constitutional Convention to switch to federalism. He now wants a Constituent Assembly composed of sitting lawmakers. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

Federalism 'much deeper change' than war on drugs – analysts

Jul 26, 2016 - 10:09 AM

During his first State of the Nation Address President Rodrigo Duterte urges Filipinos to hurry up the federal system of government and to make sure a president with ceremonial powers is elected – even if it s not him

PITCH FOR FEDERALISM. Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address during the opening of the 17th Congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, on July 25, 2016. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Alvarez to PDP-Laban lawmakers: Bring back trust in Congress

Jul 22, 2016 - 8:02 PM

In the Pulse Asia survey released on April 4 the House of Representatives registered the lowest approval rating top government institutions

THE SPEAKER AND SENATE PRESIDENT. Presumptive House Speaker Bebot Alvarez and incoming Senate President Koko Pimentel, PDP-Laban stalwarts, are expected to take the reins at the 17th Congress. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

How many states should PH have under federalism?

Jul 12, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Advocates of federalism want to divide the country into 11 autonomous states

Infographic by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

Federalism will not solve corruption, poverty – lawmaker

Jul 07, 2016 - 2:57 PM

Kabayan party list Representative Harry Roque says there is no public clamor for federalism but AKO Bicol s Rodel Batocabe says if the administration is serious about charter change it should be pursued now

CHARTER CHANGE. Kabayan Party-list Representative Harry Roque and AKO Bicol Party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe give their two cents on the proposal to switch to federalism.

How do you want to elect your Con-Con delegates?

Jul 06, 2016 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED There are 3 proposals filed with the House of Representatives calling for a constitutional convention to pave the way for federalism Each seeks a different number of seats and manner of electing delegates

Graphic by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler

Lawmaker wants Constituent Assembly for charter change

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:05 PM

Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfredo Benitez wants the formation of a Council of Elders from different sectors to guide lawmakers in crafting the amendments

CON-ASS. Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfredo Benitz is calling for a constitutional assembly to make way for federalism.

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Drilon files Con-Con reso to 'review' 1987 Charter

Jul 03, 2016 - 2:01 PM

The resolution bars incumbent lawmakers and candidates in the May 2016 polls from qualifying as a convention delegate

File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Alvarez files con-con bill for federalism

Jul 01, 2016 - 1:02 PM

UPDATED Davao del Norte First District Representative Bebot Alvarez who is expected to be the House Speaker is eyeing to set up a federalist form of government within President Rodrigo Duterte s term

FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS. Davao del Norte First District Representative Bebot Alvarez is pushing for federalism. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ex-CJ Puno: Include charter change in presidential debates

Oct 06, 2015 - 7:27 PM

Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno says the 1987 Constitution allows for the concentration of power with the elites and political dynasties who always almost always never pro poor or pro masses

Cha-cha by legislation: Constitutional or not?

Feb 26, 2014 - 7:00 AM

Retired SC Justices: Amending economic provisions must go through a Constituent Assembly