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[OPINION] Acting local against COVID-19

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:00 AM

With a government that is not exceptionally wise, just, and benevolent, one nationally mandated decision can cause damage to all

Federalism is the spoiler of the Cordillera autonomy party

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:32 PM

Thirty-one years after the Cordillera Administrative Region was created, the region has not moved toward autonomy – and the Duterte government’s barnstorming of federalism may derail it once again

Senate dissects Bangsamoro’s fiscal autonomy on last day of session

May 30, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law should be able to stand Supreme Court review, citing the failure of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain, which was declared unconstitutional

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[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

Sereno hints at opposition to Charter Change

Mar 07, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno rallies support for the constitutional bodies facing threats of either abolition or dilution under Cha-Cha proposals

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Avengers or Suicide Squad? When Sereno and Morales attend a forum together

Dec 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The former colleagues on the bench tease each other, but they also send a strong message

Human Rights Commissioner Chito Gascon, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales attend the Constitutional Fiscal Autonomy Group (CFAG) forum on November 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman/PRIMB

CHR's Gascon: Justice will prevail

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon reiterates that constitutional bodies are not part of a destabilization plot against the government – an accusation the administration and supporters have thrown in the past year

Spain readies to roll back Catalonia's regional autonomy

Oct 27, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy asks parliament's upper house, where his party holds a majority, to 'proceed to the dismissal of the president of the Catalan government, his vice-president and all regional ministers'

AUTONOMY. Students hold placards reading 'good bye' as they protest during a demonstration in Barcelona on October 26, 2017. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Catalan separatists weigh options after Spain raises the stakes

Oct 22, 2017 - 8:06 PM

(UPDATED) Catalan parties will meet on Monday, October 23, to discuss their next steps

AUTONOMY. People shout slogans as they wave Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flags during a protest in Barcelona on October 2, 2017. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

EU parliament chief "fears" spread of small nations as Italy votes

Oct 22, 2017 - 6:48 PM

'That's why nobody in Europe intends to recognize Catalonia,' says European Parliament chief Antonio Tajani

EU Parliament chief Antonio Tajani says the region should fear the 'spread of small nations' amid the crisis over Catalonia. File photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Regions should retain taxes paid by big firms – CAR, ARMM execs

Jun 28, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Cordillera and Muslim Mindanao officials tell congressmen the regions can t attain fiscal autonomy because firms that exploit their resources pay taxes in Manila

FEDERALISM TALK. Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan are among the officials from CAR who had a dialogue with lawmakers on June 28. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'Is federalism a Trojan horse for other agenda?'

Oct 20, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Constitutionalist Christian Monsod says President Rodrigo Duterte s rush to amend the Constitution is dangerous demagoguery

FEDERALISM NOW? Constitutionalist Christian Monsod questions President Rodrigo Duterte's push for a federal form of government during the second day of the Global Autonomy, Governance, and Federalism Forum at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City on October 20, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Federalism not the only way to empower local governments – experts

Oct 20, 2016 - 8:00 AM

As the Philippines mulls shifting to federalism global experts gather in a forum in Makati to share the challenges of federalism in their countries

Day 1 of the Global Autonomy, Governance & Federalism forum at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City on October 19, 2016.

Federalism? Bangsamoro law first, MILF tells Duterte

Oct 19, 2016 - 2:47 PM

The MILF awaits the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law Then the prospective Bangsamoro government shall serve as template of a Philippine federal state

FEDERALISM FORUM. MILF Central Committee member Ahmed Amer reads the speech of MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim. Rappler photo

Experts meet in Manila for global forum on federalism

Oct 18, 2016 - 5:40 PM

The inaugural Global Autonomy Governance and Federalism Forum 2016 on October 19 and 20 features over 30 international experts who will share first hand experiences and programs from 15 countries

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

Tens of thousands at Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil despite boycott

Jun 04, 2016 - 3:39 PM

3rd UPDATE Semi autonomous Hong Kong is the only location on Chinese soil to see a major commemoration to mark the military s brutal crushing of pro democracy protests in central Beijing in 1989

BOYCOTT? An activist sits in front of a poster of the 'Tank Man' photo at his stall in Hong Kong on June 4, 2016, ahead of the commemoration of the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. Photo by Anthony Wallace/ AFP

The Leader I Want: Miriam Santiago's to-fix list for 2016

Oct 16, 2015 - 11:05 AM

Rappler PHvote s The Leader I Want series looks at Miriam Santiago s stand on key issues that the next president will have to address

Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Group pushes for 'realistic and doable' Bangsamoro plan

Sep 23, 2015 - 2:38 PM

The Institute for Autonomy and Governance calls on the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to accept the hard reality that a full implementation of the agreement is not possible now

The Leader I Want: Chiz Escudero’s to-fix list for 2016

Sep 17, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Rappler PHvote s The Leader I Want series looks at Chiz Escudero s stand on key issues that the next vice president is expected to help the president tackle

VP. Sen. Francis Escudero is set to declare his vice presidential bid on Friday, September 17. Rappler file photo.

The Leader I Want: Mar Roxas’ to-fix list for 2016

Jul 31, 2015 - 10:31 AM

Rappler PHvote s The Leader I Want series looks at Mar Roxas stand on key issues that the next president will have to address

'CONTINUITY'. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas wants to continue the Aquino administration’s good governance and anti-corruption programs, tagged the 'Daang Matuwid.' Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

The Leader I Want: Jejomar Binay's to-fix list for 2016

Jul 01, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Rappler PHvote s The Leader I Want series looks at Jejomar Binay s stand on key issues that the next president will have to address

File photo by Agence France-Presse

Marcos reveals Bangsamoro bill provisions to be amended

Jun 11, 2015 - 8:06 PM

Civil society groups call on Marcos to re evaluate his position to reject the draft Bangsamoro law

IN HIS HANDS. What would be the contents of the alternative bill to the draft Bangsamoro law that Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr is set to file at the Senate? Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Rodriguez to Marcos: Reconsider proposal to amend ARMM law

Jun 10, 2015 - 2:44 PM

The House of Representatives won t finish debates on the Bangsamoro bill before Congress adjourns session

CONFLICTING VERSIONS? Cagayan De Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez, primary sponsor of the Bangsamoro bill, appeals to the Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr to consider the House version of the bill. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate, House set to remove Bangsamoro bill's opt-in clause

Jun 09, 2015 - 7:01 PM

The option for outside areas to join the proposed Bangsamoro government is a polarizing provision that only invites opposition says Senate President Drilon

Cardinal to Bongbong: Correct your father’s sins vs Muslims

Jun 09, 2015 - 1:38 PM

Cardinal Quevedo says Marcos should not disregard aspirations of the Bangsamoro urging the senator to learn from the mistakes of his father

Amended ARMM law may replace Bangsamoro bill – Marcos

Jun 08, 2015 - 6:36 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is inclined to reject this

ALTERNATIVE BILL. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr is considering amending the organic act of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao as a substitute to the Bangsamoro bill. Photo by Senate PRIB.

Drilon eyes September passage for Bangsamoro bill in Senate

Jun 08, 2015 - 2:17 PM

Senate President Franklin Drilon opposes the opt in provision

TIMETABLE. Muslim groups call for the immediate passage of the proposed Bangsamoro basic law. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Palace not losing hope on draft Bangsamoro law

Jun 04, 2015 - 5:51 PM

The draft Bangsamoro law is not as bad as how Senate Bongbong Marcos described the Palace spokesperson says

CONTROVERSIAL BILL. Muslim groups rally at the gates of the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, June 1, to thank the House ad hoc committee members who voted yes for the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

New Senate deadline for Bangsamoro bill: October

Jun 02, 2015 - 1:15 PM

This coincides with October s signing of the certificates of candidacy for the 2016 elections

TIGHT TIMELINE. The Senate eyes a new deadline for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro basic law. Photo by Mark Cristino

Bangsamoro bill: 7 issues for PH, MILF to resolve

Jun 01, 2015 - 7:13 PM

With such a tight deadline will lawmakers manage to legislate a peace deal within the bounds of the Constitution?

Bangsamoro bill reaches House plenary

Jun 01, 2015 - 5:54 PM

Compared with the reproductive health law approving the BBL in the House of Representative is proving to be more difficult Gonzales says

DEADLINE. Muslim groups rally at the gates of the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, June 1, to thank the House Adhoc Committee members who voted yes for the Bangsamoro Basic Law and calls for the immediate passage of the law in the plenary.

Opt-in clause top concern as House plenary tackles BBL

May 31, 2015 - 10:09 AM

The opt in provision is a deal breaker for many congressmen a House leader says

DEBATES. Muslim groups led by Mindanao Alliance for Peace rally at the gates of the House of Representatives in Quezon City to call for the immediate passage of the Bangsamoro basic law. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

5 co-authors signed Senate report on BBL unconstitutionality

May 28, 2015 - 6:05 PM

How has support for the proposed Bangsamoro basic law changed since it was filed at the Senate?

HIGHLIGHTS: House committee votes on Bangsamoro Basic Law

May 20, 2015 - 1:39 PM

Will the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law pass the committee level?

House panel finishes BBL amendments after marathon vote

May 20, 2015 - 12:42 AM

After holding a two day hearing the ad hoc committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law finished voting on all proposed amendments to the bill The final committee vote on the proposed is set for Wednesday May 20

COMMITTEE LEVEL. Members of the House Adhoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law vote on proposed amendments during the second day of the hearing at the House of Representative in Quezon City on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Photo Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino allies block Lobregat amendments in Bangsamoro law

May 18, 2015 - 11:49 PM

Will the committee vote on individual amendments serve as a preview on how the vote will go for the proposed Bangsamoro basic law?

FULL FORCE. The House of Representatives ad hoc committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law puts the bill to a vote May 18, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

If not BBL, what?

May 13, 2015 - 10:10 AM

On the Bangsamoro Basic Law it is prudent to take a stand only after knowing all the facts Let us resolve never to open our mouths or rant in social media without doing our homework

House panel set to vote on Bangsamoro bill

May 11, 2015 - 9:48 AM

What kind of Bangsamoro Basic Law would pass the committee level?

Is it time for plan B for the peace process?

Mar 23, 2015 - 5:11 PM

Peace advocates in the past have said there s no plan B in the peace process with the MILF After Mamasapano observers say it s time to talk about alternatives

Should opting out be an option in the BBL?

Mar 21, 2015 - 10:38 AM

The perceived strategic advantage of lodging the expanded powers exclusively with a regional bureaucracy needs to be challenged

Framers of Constitution back Bangsamoro autonomous region

Jan 13, 2015 - 11:50 AM

Public discussions on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law must be about people not semantics the surviving members of the 1986 Constitutional Commission say

House panel wants original Bangsamoro draft

Sep 24, 2014 - 5:56 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Teresita Deles says President Benigno Aquino III would decide on how to respond to the request

NITTY-GRITTY.  Peace negotiators answer questions from lawmakers on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo by Rappler

JDF hearings on hold as House scrutinizes budget

Aug 29, 2014 - 5:17 PM

Should the jurisdiction over the construction of halls of justice be transferred from the Department of Justice to the Supreme Court?

Constitutional bodies agree on stricter use of savings

Aug 04, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Fiscal autonomy has allowed the judiciary and the constitutional offices to be more creative in the use of their funds in the annual budget After DAP they rethink policies on savings

Tiangco: Palace trying to control funds of autonomous bodies

Oct 11, 2013 - 8:08 PM

The Navotas congressman says the Palace is being consistent in its attempts – it tried to do this with Supreme Court personnel budget before

NO RIGHT. UNA campaign manager Toby Tiangco says Sen Franklin Drilon has no right to tell him and UNA to concede. File photo

Thousands join protest in Aceh for separatist flag

Apr 04, 2013 - 4:00 PM

They wave the flag a white crescent and star on a red background during a protest

#MoveBenguet: Reporting for community development

Feb 26, 2013 - 9:34 AM

The event highlights lectures on emerging practices in journalism that enhance development communication

What's in Navarre, Spain?

Oct 24, 2012 - 4:35 PM

A delegation led by the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles embarked on a trip to Spain to study the local police mechanisms in Navarre that can serve as a model for the future Bangsamoro police force

Navarre's police system can provide lessons that will guide the future Bangsamoro police set up

Tracing back the Philippine Muslim conflict

Oct 07, 2012 - 4:35 PM

Fighting between the government and Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines who have sought autonomy trace back to the 1970s

ANNOUNCING AN AGREEMENT. President Benigno S. Aquino III announces that the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have agreed to create a new political entity called “Bangsamoro” during the press briefing at the Reception Hall, Malacañang Palace on Sunday, October 7. Malacañang Photo Bureau