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House body defers Cha-Cha report

A HOUSE body has deferred a committee report on proposed changes to the 1987 Constitution as it considers other proposals on federalism.

PCOO blames COA regulations for slow uptake of federalism funds

REPLYING to the demand letter sent by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) regarding the failure of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) to submit progress reports on the P10-million information campaign drive on federalism, PCOO Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag turned the tables on the Commission on Audit (COA), saying it was the COA’s own guidelines that slowed the transfer of funds.

Duterte concedes shift to federalism unlikely during his term

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte, who is midway into his six-year term, has said that the proposed shift to federalism, one of his campaign battle cries, may not be doable before he steps down.

Charot isn’t joking

FILIPINO slang that means “just kidding,” the word “charot” is conveniently used to lighten things up and make them fun with the aim of reducing serious discussions into jokes. But PETA’s new political show Charot will take matters seriously.

2019 polls to determine federalism push: analyst

THE 2019 midterm elections will determine the fate of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s federalism agenda, an analyst sought for comment said.

Federalism linked to greater inequality, UP study finds

FEDERALISM is a “strong predictor” of higher income inequality in developing economies and higher poverty on average for all countries, a study by the University of the Philippines School of Economics (UPSE) said.

MinDA: Federalism to foster more culture-responsive economies

THE MINDANAO Development Authority (MinDA) is advocating federalism, saying this form of government would foster localized economic policies that are more culturally responsive.

Business leaders tackle federalism in forum

BUSINESSMEN on Tuesday raised concerns on the proposed shift to a federal form of government and the tax system under the draft Charter crafted by the Consultative Committee (ConCom) to Review the 1987 Constitution. 

Federalism unlikely now but still relevant — analysts

THE SHIFT to federalism is now unlikely to move ahead within President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term, but its significance as a continuing public issue remains, analysts sought for comment said.

Business concern on federalism mounts

IN A joint statement on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 19 organizations have joined seven business groups that flagged on Sunday their concern over the costs and risks of transitioning toward a federal system.

Palace: Duterte ‘exploring’ options on federalism

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte is “exploring all options” on his proposed shift to a federal form of government amid concerns even in his own circle over its impact on the economy, Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. said Monday, Aug. 13.

Business chambers caution on federalism

BUSINESS GROUPS in a joint statement on Sunday, Aug. 12, supported the call by economic managers of the Duterte administration to “weigh carefully” the costs and risks in the government’s planned shift to a federal system.

Senate asked to probe economic implications of shift to federalism

SENATOR Sherwin T. Gatchalian has filed a resolution urging his colleagues to look into the economic implications of the proposed shift to a federal system of government.

Gatchalian files resolution on evaluating federalism’s economic implications

Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian has filed a resolution urging his colleagues to look into the economic implications of the proposed shift to a federal...

Senator seeks clarification on PCOO budget amid controversy over Uson video

SENATORS, members of the Consultative Committee, and even officials of the executive branch criticized on Monday a video pitch on federalism by Communications Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux J. Uson that made rounds in social media over the weekend.

Duterte to push federalism in report to the nation

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte is expected to push for a shift to a federal form of government in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 23.

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,...

Group under CBCP opposes Charter change, citing lack of transparency

AN ORGANIZATION under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has expressed its opposition to charter change, saying it is untimely and not transparent.

A primer: Unpacking federalism

THE PHILIPPINES has a total land area of about 300,000 square kilometer (sq km).

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...

All Moro Convention group drafts Bangsamoro constitution under federal system

DAVAO CITY -- A proposed constitution for a Bangsamoro region under a federal system of government will be submitted to the Consultative Committee to...

Full foreign ownership in utilities faces tough Senate debate amid federalism...

THE chairman of the Senate energy committee has expressed concerns about a plan to grant full foreign ownership over power distribution and transmission as well as water services under a federal form of government as called for in a proposed constitutional change.

Gov’t to new barangay captains: Help campaign for federalism

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) called on new barangay captains to help the national government in its campaign for federalism as President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday led the oath-taking of 3,003 new barangay captains from Central Visayas in Lapu-Lapu City.

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...

Expert warns: Charter change a classic strategy of autocrats

By Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon AS THE 20-member Consultative Committee (ConCom) appointed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte reviews the 1987 Constitution to pave the way for a federal...

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...

Former Senate leader maintains stand on Sabah

Former Senate president Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. on Thursday maintained the Philippines' long-standing claim over the state of Sabah, when sought for comment about a statement...

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...

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...