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Senate bets oppose removal of term limits, cha-cha for Duterte reelection

Feb 17, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Senatorial candidates, however, are divided on the issue of federalism

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte flashes his signature pose with Senate President Vicente Sotto III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and some members of the House and Senate before delivering his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Joint Session of the 17th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018. Also in the photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Malaysia slams bid to make Sabah the 13th PH state

Jan 31, 2018 - 9:56 PM

Malaysia warns that this proposal, bared by former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr, can harm ties between Manila and Kuala Lumpur

TOP DIPLOMAT. Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman speaks during a trilateral meeting on security in Manila on June 22, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

CBCP hits move to let Congress change Constitution

Jan 29, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The CBCP voices its fears of a 'creeping dictatorship' in the face of 'self-serving' motives for Charter Change

CBCP PRESIDENT. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, delivers the homily at the closing Mass of the National Conference for the Promotion of the New Ratio in Cebu City on January 26, 2018. Photo courtesy of Roy Lagarde/CBCP News

House, Senate leaders meet to break Cha-Cha impasse

Jan 24, 2018 - 10:51 PM

The Congressional leaders agree they will first review the 1987 Constitution before deciding on how to amend it

AGREEMENT. House and Senate leaders meet to discuss differences on how to amend the Charter. Photo courtesy of House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

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

Cha-Cha without Senate 'pathetic, ridiculous' – senators

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:50 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alavarez is insisting that the House of Representatives can push through with amending the Charter even without the Senate's participation

STALEMATE? The House and Senate continued to be at odds over how they'll amend the Constitution. File photo of the House of Representatives plenary hall by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang: Senate, House must reach 'consensus' on joint voting impasse

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:33 PM

The Palace position comes days after House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the lower chamber will convene itself into a Constituent Assembly even without senators

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III following the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) at the Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Alvarez slams Constitution framers: Why blame us for your mistake?

Jan 22, 2018 - 7:08 PM

'Yan ang problema sa kanila. Hindi nila gagawin ang trabaho nila ng maayos ang yet magclaclaim sila na this is the best Constitution in the world,' says the House Speaker

WHY BLAME US? House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez stands by his opinion that Congress should vote jointly to amend the Constitution. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

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

Alvarez: 'Con-Ass' not in Charter, no need for Senate OK

Jan 22, 2018 - 5:16 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez: 'Sinabi ko na na walang Con-Ass eh, bakit niyo pinipilit na may Con-Ass'

Constitution 'not a poem' you can put meaning into – Alvarez

Jan 22, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Amid moves toward Charter Change, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says laws must be interpreted in simple terms

HOUSE LEADER. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left) greets President Rodrigo Duterte during the latter's birthday celebration in Tagum City in January 2018. File Malacañang photo

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

'Majority of voters illiterate,' need education on Cha-Cha – Panelo

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:23 AM

It's crucial for Filipino voters to be educated on Charter change since they have the final say on proposals to amend the 1987 Constitution, says Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo

CHARTER CHANGE. Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo attends the Senate hearing on Charter Change on January 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Con-Ass railroaded? ‘Unfair, unfounded’ – Fariñas

Jan 18, 2018 - 9:03 PM

The House Majority Leader says more than enough time was given for members of the House to deliberate on the proposal

CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY. The House committee on justice as resumes its probe into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison on October 10, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

‘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

Con-Ass pushing through with or without Senate – Alvarez

Jan 18, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez insists on his interpretation of the Constitution, even if it differs from that of his colleagues in the Senate and the framers of the 1987 Charter

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

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

Lacson praises 'elevated level of discourse' at Senate Cha-Cha hearing

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:57 PM

'I can’t help but say, I’m proud to be a member of this Senate,' says the senator

'ELEVATED DISCOURSE.' Senator Panfilo Lacson (second from left) praises his colleagues and resource persons as the Senate resumes deliberations on proposals for Charter Change. Photo by Alex Nueva España/Senate

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

House OKs 'expeditious' constituent assembly to revise Constitution

Jan 16, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The House plenary approves the concurrent resolution on 2nd reading, saying it is 'deemed the most expeditious, open, and least costly among the options' in the Constitution

HOUSE FOR CON-ASS. The House approves a resolution that chooses Constituent Assembly over Constitutional Convention. Screenshot from the House of Representatives stream

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Jan 15, 2018 - 8:37 PM

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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

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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)

Alvarez open to cancellation of 2019 polls during transition to federalism

Jan 03, 2018 - 2:23 PM

It's going to be a quick push for federalism as Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez expects the Constituent Assembly to convene by January 2018 and a plebiscite to be held by May the same year

PUSH FOR FEDERALISM. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reopens the session on July 24, 2017. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Maduro says governors 'must submit' to new legislative body

Sep 08, 2017 - 10:48 AM

All of the governors who will be elected must submit to the Constituent Assembly or else they will be immediately dismissed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says in a speech

Venezuela will hold referendum on new constitution – assembly

Aug 25, 2017 - 9:22 AM

From next week we will write the chapters of the new constitution says Delcy Rodriguez leader of the Constituent Assembly

The week in photos: July 29-August 4, 2017

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ERUPTION. Hot lava flows down the Mount Sinabung volcano in the night in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on July 30, 2017. Photo by Tibta Pangin/AFP

Venezuela constitutional row: a quick guide

Jul 30, 2017 - 9:34 AM

What is the new body? Why does Maduro want it? And why is the opposition so angry?

VENEZUELA PROTESTS. A woman takes part in a protest in Caracas on the eve of the symbolic plebiscite called by the government's opposition on July 15 , 2017. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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