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The Philippines and China are also considering fisheries cooperation, maritime search and rescue, and maritime safety initiatives
Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) now bring more cash to the local economy than business process outsourcing companies, says Leechiu Property Consultants
The Cagayan Valley regional police, however, claims that Randy Malayao's comrades in the Left might be behind his killing, citing internal problems within the movement
'I will have them arrested, unless the President will order me not to effect the arrest,' says Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año
Manila ranked poorly in the social, environmental, and economic sub-indices of the 2018 Sustainable Cities Index and 'needs to reinvent itself'
The figure is much smaller than those given by the National Economic and Development Authority and think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies
The presidency of Rodrigo Duterte 'is the best chance we’ve got to shift to a federal system of government,' says Consultative Committee spokesman Ding Generoso
Under current laws, the Commission on Elections is both an administrator and a quasi-court. Its split personality presents a lot of complications.
Father Ranhilio Aquino says the recent remarks of the two secretaries may indicate President Rodrigo Duterte himself has grown 'cool to federalism'
(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
(UPDATED) Previously enthusiastic about Uson's role in the information drive, Consultative Committee spokesman Ding Generoso now says the assistant secretary should give the topic of federalism 'a rest'
(UPDATED) Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar confronts Ding Generoso, but hasn't been able to discuss the matter with Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, his own staff member
Consultative Committee chairman Reynato Puno clarifies to members that he never authorized tapping Mocha Uson for the information drive, says a source
The loss of prestige of a single Supreme Court would 'result in the impoverishment of the judicial process,' says former Supreme Court justice Vicente Mendoza
The Foundation for Economic Freedom calls for the lifting of foreign ownership restrictions and the removal of 'protectionist' provisions in the proposed charter
Federal states will still be dependent on fiscal transfers from the national government. Without fiscal autonomy there is no real local autonomy.
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
If you needed to know just 4 things about the draft constitution crafted by President Rodrigo Duterte's charter change committee, these would be it
Members of President Rodrigo Duterte's own charter change committee say that the two houses of Congress must vote separately on proposals to amend the Constitution
'This could only be described as a reverse power grab or a sort of impeachment-via-new-constitution,' says UP political science assistant professor Gene Pilapil in the charter change Senate hearing
The Con-Com's modified transitory provisions ban President Rodrigo Duterte from reelection, call for the election of a new Transitory President, and expand the membership of the powerful Transition Commission
The final draft incorporates changes President Rodrigo Duterte asked for: that he be prohibited from running for president in the 2022 elections, and the election of a Transition President
Only two out of 10 Filipinos support moves to change the 1987 Constitution at this time, according to a June survey conducted by Pulse Asia
It appears that not much thought was given to the provinces' readiness for federalism, nor to federalism’s ultimate impact on regional growth and development
The bid to cancel the 2019 elections so that lawmakers can fast-track the shift to federalism does not have President Rodrigo Duterte's blessing, says his spokesman
(UPDATED) Consultative Committee chairman Reynato Puno personally hands a copy of the draft federal constitution to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Vicente Sotto III
President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo may be forced to step down earlier than 2022, according to the Consultative Committee's revised transitory provisions
President Rodrigo Duterte, however, wants amendments in the document's transitory provisions before he endorses it to the legislature
Here is the complete copy of the Consultative Committee's draft federal constitution submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on July 9, 2018
Malacañang hails the submission as a 'significant step' towards the shift to federalism and hopes Congress will give the Consultative Committee's proposal 'much weight'
A provision that will make it impossible for him to run for president under a new constitution is the President's 'special request' to Congress
The proposed charter creates a powerful Federal Transition Commission which, according to a Con-Com member, lacks safeguards against abuse
Julio Teehankee takes back his interpretation of the draft constitution after consulting fellow Consultative Committee members
'In other words, elect a president before you make the transition from unitary to federal. I would be willing to accept the proposal,' Duterte says in his speech at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on Friday, July 6.
(UPDATED) Here's what the Office of the President spent on in 2017
Because the Consultative Committee's draft charter sets a 4-year term for the president, with one re-election, President Rodrigo Duterte can potentially stay in power for another 8 years, says Con-Com member Julio Teehankee
The Consultative Committee's draft constitution is just one step in a long arduous process towards revising the Constitution and shifting to a federal system of government
EXCLUSIVE: Here, in full, is the draft federal constitution crafted by President Rodrigo Duterte's Consultative Committee
EXCLUSIVE: A complete copy of the draft constitution includes an entirely new article on 'National Security and Public Order.' Here are highlights of each article.
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
Is the Consultative Committee's draft part of a strategy to 'sanitize' charter change? The body's chairman Reynato Puno says such fears are baseless.
The draft constitution rules out a term extension for President Rodrigo Duterte, creates 18 federated regions, and 3 high courts. Here are some highlights of the draft document.
Estate tax and donor's tax will be collected by the regions and not by the national government. An equalization fund will help lagging regions catch up with more prosperous ones.
In the Consultative Committee's draft federal constitution, there will be 18 regions to be led by a regional governor elected by their regional legislative assembly
Rappler contributor Boris Joaquin talks to Pauline Fermin, managing director of Acumen Brand Strategy Consultants, about a generation that is beginning to enter the workforce
The sole power to declare a state of war is returned to Congress in the latest printed version of the Consultative Committee's draft constitution
A 10-member transition commission headed by President Rodrigo Duterte will complete the shift to a new system of government by June 30, 2022, according to the transitory provisions drafted by the Con-Com
The National Democratic Front says in a statement on Thursday, June 21, that it agrees 'to continue peace negotiations and to overcome obstacles and impediments'
The proposed fund is designed to empower small political parties that lack resources to go up against more powerful, dominant ones
Laws proposed directly by the people must be declared as consistent with the constitution by the proposed Federal Constitutional Court, under the article being proposed by the Con-Com