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What you need to know about people's initiative

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:42 PM

People's initiative is an exercise of 'power of the people' to enact laws, but it entails a long and expensive process

Rex Robles, armed forces reformist, dies at 75

Jul 05, 2020 - 4:07 PM

'He is one of the bright minds of the Philippine Navy. Everybody listens when he speaks,' says Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo

REMEMBERED. Rex Robles. Photo from Robles' Facebook page

SC reiterates Filipino, Panitikan not required in college

May 26, 2019 - 1:30 PM

The Supreme Court will no longer accept further pleadings and motions on the case

FIGHT RULING. Students and Filipino language advocates march towards the Supreme Court in Manila on November 26, 2018 as they hold a protest action condemning the recent CHED Memorandum Order 20 which aims to remove the Filipino subject in the college level. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

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

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

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.

Duterte eyes ex-CJ Puno to lead his own Cha-cha team

Jan 14, 2018 - 11:11 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also rejects Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s charter change timeline, saying his own Constitutional Commission will not be ready to present their recommendations until after the Holy Week break

NO EXTENSION. President Rodrigo Duterte rejects the proposed term extensions and suspension of polls. Malacañang photo

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

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, Dela Rosa, Arroyo | Evening wRap

Mar 20, 2017 - 10:11 PM

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Arroyo to head constitutional commission? Duterte says, 'Maybe'

Mar 20, 2017 - 1:17 PM

The President is open to appointing Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as head of the consultative committee that will study possible amendments to the Constitution

MEETING IN PALACE. President Rodrigo Duterte and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo share a light moment during a courtesy visit in Malacañang on November 28. Photo by King Rodriguez/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

Framers of Constitution condemn Marcos burial, draw hope from youth

Nov 24, 2016 - 3:14 PM

We are inspired by the outpouring of protest by the youth who give life to our hope for generations of heroes who are the antithesis of everything that was Marcos say members of the 1986 Constitutional Commission

YOUTH PROTEST VS MARCOS BURIAL. Students protest the state interment of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Ombudsman questions DBM: Why not allow us to use savings?

Aug 25, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno clarifies that the Office of the Ombudsman may use its savings but it is time bound

FISCAL AUTONOMY. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales sits beside House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas during the agency's budget briefing on August 25. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

SC consolidates petitions vs Marcos burial, 3rd plea filed

Aug 19, 2016 - 5:03 PM

Our appeal to President Duterte is the Marcos burial is a promise you can break Whose hearts will you break if you don t go through with it? It s only the Marcoses says one of the petitioners

NO TO HERO'S BURIAL. Three petitions have been filed against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Supreme Court image from Wikipedia Commons

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

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

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

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

Charter Change, Pacquiao, Harry Potter | 6PM wRap

Aug 01, 2016 - 8:16 PM

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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

FAST FACTS: 1987 Philippine Constitution

Feb 02, 2016 - 9:48 AM

February 2 of each year is Constitution Day to commemorate the highest law of the land

Grace Poe's residency in PH: When do we start counting?

Nov 26, 2015 - 10:46 AM

The senator believes her period of residence in the Philippines up to the day before elections is 10 years and 11 months but her critics say she still lacks months to meet the residency requirement for presidential candidates

Tagle, Yusoph bid Comelec goodbye

Feb 02, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Retiring Comelec commissioners Lucenito Tagle and Elias Yusoph share their experiences and lessons learned in the poll body

RETIRING. Comelec commissioners Lucenito Tagle and Elias Yusoph. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Key women in Philippine government

Mar 08, 2014 - 11:32 PM

How many women are there in the executive legislative and judicial branches of the Philippine government?

Supreme Court Wins in Budget Battle with Malacanang

Nov 29, 2011 - 8:00 AM

Congress ratifies P1 8 trillion budget for 2012