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Rappler's latest stories on constitutional amendment


House panel chair to DILG: 'Cha-Cha can wait'

May 21, 2020 - 2:26 PM

Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez says lawmakers would rather focus on measures 'that will save lives and the livelihood of our people' during the pandemic

RUFUS RODRIGUEZ. Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez chairs the House committee on constitutional amendments. Rappler screenshot

Changing the Constitution: What are being proposed so far

Feb 03, 2018 - 8:42 PM

We track the proposed revisions to the 1987 Constitution, based on draft constitutions and proposed changes by the House of Representatives

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

Framers of 1987 Constitution: Charter change, federalism not the answer

Jan 19, 2018 - 3:08 PM

'If we do not trust the process, how can we trust the outcome?' ask some members of the Commission that drafted the 1987 Constitution

CHARTER CHANGE. Framers of the 1987 Constitution, seen in the file photo above during their oath-taking, believe that charter change and federalism are not the answers to the country's problems. Photo from the Official Gazette

No-elections, long transition to federal gov't? 'Kalokohan,' says Nene Pimentel

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:30 PM

'Excuse me, but I think that's a lot of kalokohan,' says the former Senate President and framer of the 1987 Constitution

EXPERTS. A former senate president and former chief justices attend the Senate hearing on Charter Change on January 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Nene Pimentel rejects abolition of Ombudsman in new Constitution

Jan 17, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'Let me emphasize that the good provisions of the Constitution should not be revised!' says the former Senate President

FOR FEDERALISM. Former Senate President Nene Pimentel speaks before a Senate hearing on proposals to change the Constitution. Photo by Alex Nueva España/Senate

House sub-committee also proposes to clip powers of judiciary

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) The proposed amendment takes away the judiciary’s power to determine grave abuse of discretion and jurisdiction by the other branches of government

JUDICIAL OVERREACH? A House sub-committee on constitutional amendments want to remove the judiciary's power to determine grave abuse of discretion of the other branches of government, citing judicial overreach.

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

Abolish OVP? Let the public, not politicians, decide – Robredo

Jan 16, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says she would respect the decision to abolish her office under federalism only if it were 'the will of the people, not of other politicians'

House Cha-Cha proposals: No more Ombudsman, JBC, OVP

Jan 16, 2018 - 6:10 PM

At the same time, a House sub-committee proposes that the Commission on Human Rights be turned into a fiscally-autonomous constitutional commission

House sub-committee wants limited protection for free speech

Jan 16, 2018 - 4:37 PM

The House committee on constitutional amendments seeks to amend Article III, Section 4, to provide constitutional protection only for the 'responsible exercise' of free speech

LOOK: House sub-committee submits proposed constitutional amendments

Jan 16, 2018 - 12:59 PM

What will the Philippine government look like under federalism? Here's one proposal from the House

HOUSE AT WORK. The committee on constitutional amendments begins work on the push for federalism. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Plebiscite for federalism can't happen by May, Drilon says

Jan 06, 2018 - 8:22 PM

'From my experience, the moment mag-impeachment court kami, wala kaming ibang matatrabaho,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Rappler File Photo

Duterte: Most Filipinos not ready for federal form of gov't

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:30 PM

'It does not seem to ring a bell in the Visayas and Mindanao,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, with an uncharacteristic air of resignation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the conferment ceremony of the 2016 Presidential Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2017, urges the adults to allow the youth to play a role in shaping a future that the next generation of children deserve to inherit. Malacañan Photo

Duterte wants safeguards vs corruption in amended constitution

Nov 28, 2017 - 8:05 PM

(UPDATED) If an ideal constitution is crafted, President Rodrigo Duterte says he'll quit the presidency

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the San Beda Law Annual Alumni Homecoming at The Peninsula Manila in Makati City on November 24, 2017, explains how illegal drugs has grown into a multi-billion enterprise at the expense of the lives of the Filipinos. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China Communist Party agrees to amend constitution at key conclave

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:18 PM

Analysts speculate that President Xi Jinping's name could be added to the party's constitution, elevating him into the exclusive pantheon of Chinese leaders

AMENDMENT. Analysts say the party might add President Xi Jinping's name in the constitution elevating him into the exclusive pantheon of Chinese leaders. AFP photo

At charter amendments hearing, legislators berate CHR for UN reports

Oct 10, 2017 - 8:16 AM

'Kapag may problema pinag-uusapan sa loob ng pamilya, hindi kinakalat sa chismosong kapit-bahay,' says a former CA justice

DISCOURTESY? The CHR is grilled as a House panel tackles possible revisions to the Constitution. Rappler photo

LIVE: House discussion on proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution

Oct 09, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Rewriting for what?

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

What exactly are we rewriting the Constitution for? We should write for a clear purpose – and not merely because the chance to rewrite is open to us

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

Recto withdraws support for Cha-Cha, opposes federalism

Feb 22, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto who wants to limit charter change to economic provisions believes federalism will harm the economy

STRONGLY OPPOSED. Senator Ralph Recto says federalism will only harm the country. File photo

#AnimatED: Democracy watch in 2017

Jan 02, 2017 - 10:14 AM

President Duterte will appoint 25 men and women to propose changes in the Constitution The times call for vigilance

Pichay files ethics complaint vs Barbers after near brawl in House

Oct 26, 2016 - 3:27 PM

UPDATED Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers says he had expected the ethics complaint and will file a more meaty counter complaint soon

ETHICS COMPLAINT. As promised, Representative Prospero Pichay Jr (right) files an ethics complaint against Representative Robert Ace Barbers. Photo of Pichay by Rhona Wise/AFP, photo of Barbers from his FB page

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

House panel votes: Amend charter through Constituent Assembly

Oct 19, 2016 - 3:02 PM

UPDATED The House constitutional amendments will create a report on the resolution to have it approved at the plenary

Poe now 'open' to more amendments to Constitution

Apr 12, 2016 - 10:15 PM

The camp of the presidential candidate says she is not open to amending political provisions such as the lifting of the term limits of elected officials


Poe to push for changes in Constitution's economic provisions

Mar 16, 2016 - 9:45 PM

If elected Grace Poe says Constitutional amendment will be part of her agenda during her first month in office

1987 CONSTITUTION. Presidential candidate Grace Poe is open to amending the economic provisions of the Constitution. Screenshot from Rappler

Will federalism address PH woes? Pros and cons of making the shift

Jan 31, 2016 - 9:30 AM

At least 3 presidential and vice presidential candidates in 2016 are pushing for a change in the Philippine system of government

Rwanda votes yes to allow extra terms for Kagame

Dec 19, 2015 - 3:32 PM

The constitutional amendment allows President Kagame to run for a third seven year term in 2017 then at the end of which he will be eligible to run for a further two five year terms

ANOTHER TERM. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, speaks during the second day of the St. Gallen Symposium at the university of St. Gallen, Switzerland, May 8, 2015. File photo by Gian Ehrenzeller/EPA

Singapore concedes to FIFA: No more political interference in football appointments

Oct 01, 2015 - 10:37 PM

Singapore s decision to comply comes about 5 months since FIFA suspended Indonesia after the Jakarta government sought to oust the country s football association

FIFA CONCESSION. Singapore agrees to amend its football constitution after FIFA demands no political appointments. Photo by EPA

House adjourns session without charter change vote

Jun 10, 2015 - 11:33 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says there were not enough numbers to call for a vote

APPROVED. The House of Representatives passes the resolution seeking to amend economic provisions of the Constitution on third and final reading.

Bishops warn vs boosting foreign ownership of PH firms

Jun 08, 2015 - 2:54 PM

We have steered away from the prospect of foreigners enriching themselves by the country s resources and our labor force leaving us none the better

EARNING A LIVING. Filipino laborers prepare the steel reinforcement bars for the construction of new highway flyover leading to the Manila International airport in the Philippines on February 22, 2007. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Aquino junks second term: 'It's not a right solution'

Oct 28, 2014 - 3:53 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the continuity of the reforms and gains of his administration can still be enjoyed under a like minded successor

NO SECOND TERM. President Benigno Aquino III fields questions from members of the Semiconductor and Eectronics Industries in the Philippines (SEIPI) on October 28, 2014. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Why can’t the Philippines dance the Cha-cha?

Sep 02, 2014 - 5:00 PM

Shrill voices denounce constitutional change but miss the need for it

#AnimatED: Cha-cha: Pag-usapan na lang sa halalan

Sep 01, 2014 - 10:07 AM

Tapusin na natin ang paikot ikot na usapan Gawin natin itong usapin sa panahon ng kampanya para sa darating na eleksiyon Magkalabasan na ng tunay na intensiyon

Belmonte to Aquino: Just focus on last 2 years

Aug 29, 2014 - 2:17 PM

Just concentrate on doing the most we can during these last two years You have built so much in the first 4 years Belmonte tells the President

NO TO POLITICAL CHA-CHA. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr thumbs down anew proposals to allow President Benigno Aquino III to seek a 2nd term. Photo by Rappler

Aquino wants Cha-Cha? ‘Give it a rest’ – Palace

Aug 27, 2014 - 8:59 PM

Palace Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda says the President is only in the consultation stage regarding charter change

TWO MORE YEARS. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda says President Benigno Aquino III is not focused on charter change, and instead is addressing the problems of today. Malacañang Photo Bureau

House begins plenary debate on economic cha-cha

Aug 26, 2014 - 9:30 PM

A resolution wants to tweak 7 provisions that limit foreign ownership of business Akbayan s Walden Bello questions the wisdom and urgency of the measure

ANOTHER ATTEMPT. The House of Repsentatives begin debating charter change on economic provisions on the floor. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

House to prioritize economic over political cha-cha

Aug 19, 2014 - 4:19 PM

The House of Representatives cannot seriously consider proposals to allow the president a second term until a measure is filed in Congress the House majority leader says

NO OFFICIAL STAND. House Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales II answers questions from the media in a press conference 19 August, 2014. Photo by Rappler

Palace official: No chacha problem with ‘friendly’ Congress

Aug 16, 2014 - 5:27 PM

PLLO chief Manuel Mamba says President Aquino has a very good relationship with the Senate and the House which both support constitutional amendments though limited to economic provisions

Aquino: Justices must disclose wealth, JDF use

Aug 16, 2014 - 6:45 AM

The President says justices should make public their statement of assets and how they utilize the court s discretionary fund

SECOND TERM? President Benigno Aquino III says he is open to a second term if its what the people want. Malacanang Photo Bureau

Palace: Info from the ground led to Aquino change of heart

Aug 14, 2014 - 3:24 PM

The President is considering a second term because while surveys show declining approval of and satisfaction with his performance that is not the picture [the Palace] is seeing

CHOOSE WISELY. President Benigno Aquino III tells Filipinos to choose a leader that will sustain the Aquino administration's reforms. Malacanang Photo Bureau

Aquino now open to Charter change, 2nd term

Aug 14, 2014 - 8:09 AM

After insisting he is against Charter change he now admits he is open to amending the Constitution – and the lifting of term limits for presidents

File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Revilla: Palace, allies out to lift term limits

Mar 13, 2014 - 3:27 PM

The senator says amending the political provisions of the Constitution will benefit only the current administration who so far has a weak candidate for 2016

House committee OKs charter change

Mar 03, 2014 - 4:20 PM

The proposal will now proceed to the next stage where all members of the House can interpellate the proponents and possibly propose amendments to the proposal