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Aquino ‘confident’ Robredo can handle presidency

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter On the 35th death anniversary of his father, former president Benigno S.C. Aquino III said he is “confident” that his...

Senate committee report on charter change out by October — Pangilinan

The Senate committee on constitutional amendments and revision of codes may release its report on charter change by October, the panel chair Senator Francis...

Palace reiterates federalism won’t hurt the economy

Malacañang on Wednesday, July 18, maintained that the country's shift to federalism would have no adverse impact on the economy. But Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto...

Senator says shift to federal government will make regions poorer

Senator Risa N. Hontiveros-Baraquel on Tuesday, July 17, questioned the draft Federal Constitution proposed by the President's Consultative Committee, warning that the shift to...

Proposed federal regions (by land area)

These are the 18 proposed federal regions, with the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) being the largest region in terms of land area,...

FULL TEXT: Con-Com submits draft federal constitution

The Consultative Committee (Con-Com) submitted to President Rodrigo R. Duterte its draft of the proposed federal constitution on Monday, July 9. Congress will begin...

Sotto: Charter change may not be Senate’s top priority in next...

Charter change will take a backseat in the Senate priorities in the third regular session, Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III said on Monday,...

ConCom: CHR to become independent body in proposed federal government

The Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the 1987 Constitution, voting 16-1-1, ruled en banc to elevate the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) as...

Duterte is ‘for’ abolition of political dynasties but doubts it will...

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte doubts if the proposal to abolish political dynasties in the Philippines will hurdle Congress. Mr. Duterte told local...

Pimentel: Push for charter change not about extending Duterte’s term

Senate President Aquilino 'Koko' L. Pimentel III on Friday, March 16, allayed concerns by some groups in Baguio City over the purported intentions of...

Charter review body wants to regulate political dynasties

By Arjay L. Balinbin The Philippines’ federal constitution will have “stricter, self-executing anti-dynasty provisions,” President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Charter review body announced on Wednesday, March...

Charter review body meets, sets August as deadline

By Camille A. Aguinaldo THE 19-MEMBER consultative body created by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution held its preparatory meeting at the...

House passes bill on rights already enshrined in 1987 Charter

AN ACT seeking to strengthen the right to free expression, to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances -- precisely...

Legal experts, local execs divided over ‘Cha-cha’

By Camille A. Aguinaldo LEGAL EXPERTS and local government leaders bared a sharp difference in views in Thursday’s Senate hearing on Charter change. Local officials called...

VP Robredo welcomes consultative group on charter change

  VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo, whose position could be dissolved with a shift to a federal form of government, has welcomed the consultative commission...

Duterte forms review body on 1987 Charter

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has formed a consultative committee to review the 1987 Constitution, by way of appointment letters sent out by Malacañang on...

DoF chief flags ‘potential nightmare’ in federalism

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan Reporter THE SHIFT to a federal form of government could be a “nightmare” for the Philippines, particularly in the fiscal policy...

House to go it alone on ‘Cha-cha’

By Minde Nyl R. dela Cruz THE HOUSE of Representatives is pushing through with constitutional amendments even without the Senate, Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez said...

‘Cha-cha dead in the Senate’ — Pro tem

By Camille A. Aguinaldo THE SENATE president pro tempore on Wednesday warned that the priority agenda to revise or amend the Constitution is “dead,” based...

Senator files resolution on constitutional assembly

SENATOR PANFILO M. Lacson on Monday, Jan. 15, filed a resolution calling on the Senate to convene itself into a constituent assembly to propose...

Ex-congressman warns of abolition of Robredo’s post

By Minde Nyl R. dela Cruz THE OFFICE of the Vice-President (VP) may be abolished should a new constitution be in place on the watch...

Alvarez: ‘No-El’ in shift to federalism ‘possible’

HOUSE SPEAKER Pantaleon D. Alvarez on Wednesday, Jan. 3, raised the possibility of the 2019 midterm elections giving way to the shift toward a...