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Citizen participation and deliberation in constitutional reform

PATHOLOGIES in a constitution can emerge during its reign. These pertain to provisions in the constitutional text itself that may have been designed with good intentions but have eventually become debilitating to the political system it purports to govern.

Maximum Decentralization via legislative reform

THE CHARTER CHANGE initiative of President Rodrigo R. Duterte is now led by the Inter-agency Task Force on Federalism and Constitutional Reform or IATF as per Memorandum Circular No. 52, s. 2018.

Federal but not in name

ONE of the very first matters discussed by the 1986 Constitutional Commission was the form of government well-suited for Filipinos after two decades of authoritarian rule. A query by the sublime constitutionalist, Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas, SJ, is particularly relevant to us now, to wit:

IGR: The key to genuine and meaningful local autonomy

THE ESTABLISHMENT of intergovernmental relations (IGR) mechanisms is an innovative feature of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

BARMM must not be treated like a regular LGU

THE Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or BARMM has been described as a “radical transformation” from its predecessor, the ARMM. The former is a creation of Republic Act No. 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (hereafter referred to as BOL), while the latter came to be via the now superseded Republic Act No. 6734 as amended.

Why the 1987 Constitution has endured for 32 years without amendment

And yet another plausible, even fundamental, reason why the Philippine charter has remained unamended for 32 years lies in the nation’s tradition of judicial review, specifically the power of the judiciary, i.e. the Supreme Court, to interpret the Constitution.

Why the 1987 Constitution has endured for 32 years without amendment

INITIATIVES to change a constitution are part and parcel of being a constitutional democracy. Resisting such an initiative, provided it is supported by a rational public consensus-building process, is an integral component of constitutional democracy as well. As a constitutional democracy, the Philippines finds itself perfectly within this constitutional reform context.

Can’t leave charter change to politicians

THE 1987 CONSTITUTION is considered one of the most enduring constitutions in the world because it has stood for almost 32 years without any amendment. This is an odd quality considering that most constitutional scholars will agree that a constitution is never infallible or immortal even as they continue to debate among themselves the ideal lifespan of a nation-state’s charter.

Federalism, diversity, and national integration

By Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco WHEN Spanish explorers landed here centuries ago they had initially observed that the aboriginal people of these islands were of...