Philippine charter change - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine charter change

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Duterte federalism campaign goes online during pandemic

May 18, 2020 - 4:19 PM

The Duterte government gives a quota of at least 100,000 signatures per region

PLEDGE. The statement of support signatories commit to in signing for the Duterte government's constitutional reform campaign. Rappler screenshot

Gov't to still pursue Cha-Cha, federalism despite non-mention in SONA

Jul 23, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says the charter change task force he heads will continue its work, believing the President still thinks federalism is a 'priority'

FOR NEUTRALITY. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año distances himself from the Liga ng mga Barangay, which allegedly used government funds for shirts promoting administration Senatorial bet Bong Go. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

House approves draft federal constitution

Dec 11, 2018 - 4:38 PM

But the draft federal charter's chances of getting signed into law remain bleak, with senators earlier saying it would be 'dead on arrival' at the Senate

HOUSE OF THE PEOPLE? The House of Representatives seek to control access of reporters to Batasan Complex and content of their reports. File Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

College degree requirement for elected officials anti-poor – lawmaker

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:51 PM

The House's draft federal constitution adds a college degree among the requirements for those running for president, vice president, senator, and representative

ANTI-POOR PROVISION. Residents look for the precinct where they can cast their vote during the 2016 presidential elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

House panel puts Robredo back in line of succession under draft charter

Nov 12, 2018 - 4:50 PM

As agreed upon by the plenary in October, the House committee on constitutional amendments holds an executive session to approve the amendment in favor of Vice President Leni Robredo

BACK IN SUCCESSION LINE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the launch of Istorya ng Pag-asa for the province of Capiz in a ceremony held at Filamer Christian University on November 9, 2018. Photo by OVP

House to put Robredo back in line of succession of draft constitution

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:53 PM

The House agrees to return the draft constitution to the constitutional amendments panel, which will make the necessary changes in favor of Vice President Leni Robredo

BACK IN SUCCESSION. Vice President Leni Robredo attends the House of Representatives' plenary deliberations on her office's proposed budget for 2019  on October 1, 2018. File photo by OVP

No set number of federal states under Arroyo’s draft constitution

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:57 PM

It leaves it with local government units to group themselves and petition Congress to turn them into autonomous states or regions

MORE POWER FOR CONGRESS. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (5th from R) and other lawmakers pose for the camera while doing President Rodrigo Duterte's signature fist pump. Photo from Facebook page of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

'Dead on arrival': Senate leaders reject Arroyo's draft charter

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'We don't have time to even talk about it,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who stands to benefit from the House proposal

Con-Com appeals to senators ‘sense of patriotism’ in charter change push

Aug 07, 2018 - 4:04 PM

(UPDATED) ‘This is the only chance that we’ve had since what, 120 years ago, when we established the first republic in Asia,’ says Presidential Consultative Committee spokesman Ding Generoso

EXECUTIVE SESSION. Con-Com spokesman Ding Generoso speaks to journalists after a closed-door meeting with members of the House committee on constitutional amendments on August 7, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

[OPINION] Duterte’s federalism Con-Com missed most important homework

Jul 21, 2018 - 4:30 PM

No wonder the Consultative Committee has finished its draft constitution two weeks ahead of President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address – it passes to someone else the crucial, dirty, and most difficult job of having a transition plan

Con-Com draft gives president all powers to prevent secession of regions

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The draft constitution 'allows the president to assume all the necessary powers of government – executive, legislative, and judiciary – to prevent the breakup' of the federated republic, says Consultative Committee chairman Reynato Puno

Ret. Associate Justice Antonio Nachura, Ret. Chief Justice Renato Puno and former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. leads the 22 member Constitutional Committee as they approve the draft Charter for the proposed PH federal gov’t at the PICC in Pasay City on July 3, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[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] 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

More 'dangers' if federalism pursued before anti-dynasty law, says Robredo

Mar 02, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the absence of an anti-dynasty law under a federal system may lead to the emergence of 'fiefdoms' nationwide

CHARTER CHANGE CONCERNS. Vice President Leni Robredo says constitutional amendments should not be rushed, especially as the Philippines has become 'very divided' as a nation. File photo from OVP

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

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

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

Philippines may not be 'ready for 2015 Asean free trade'

Sep 02, 2012 - 5:42 PM

Twenty years after signing the AFTA Philippines may still not be ready to join the ASEAN Economic Community AEC by 2015