Aquino, Poe prefer ConCon in changing Constitution

MANILA, Philippines — Changing the Constitution through a constitutional convention will ensure the integrity and transparency of the process and prevent pol.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 11th, 2018

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic (2)

Constitutonal change options CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – Now that President Duterte has clearly expressed his preference for a constitutional convention (ConCon) as a mode of changing the Constitution, and incoming speaker Pantaleon A.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 17th, 2016

SEC decision vs Rappler a loss for dissenting voices, free speech – senators

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Senators on Monday, January 15, questioned the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commisson (SEC) revoking the registration of news organization Rappler for allegedly violating the Constitution and the Anti-Dummy Law. Opposition senators slammed the move, with Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV saying "the shutdown of Rappler ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Enrile: 2019 polls can’t be postponed without changing Charter first

Former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile on Friday dismissed proposals for a no-election scenario in 2019 saying the 1987 Constitution mandates the conduct of nationwide and local polls every three years. Source link link: Enrile: 2019 polls can’t be postponed without changing Charter first.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Sen. Bam Aquino votes to reject Martial Law extension

December 13, 2017. Senator Bam Aquino voted to reject the government’s call to extend Martial Law in Mindanao because of the absence of actual rebellion now that firefighting in Marawi City has ceased. Sen. Bam mentioned that in the deliberations of the 1987 Constitution, the framers used the word actual instead of… Source link link: Sen. Bam Aquino votes to reject Martial Law extension.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Shameless bill defies Constitution: Exempts telecoms, power, broadcast media from foreign ownership limits

THE plot in the past regime by the once powerful Liberal Party—whose biggest supporters were in the telecoms and power industry—to remove the 40 percent limit on foreign ownership of public utilities as prescribed by the Constitution fell through, as the ending bell rang on the Aquino regime and ended that conspiracy. But a more [...] The post Shameless bill defies Constitution: Exempts telecoms, power, broadcast media from foreign ownership limits appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 19th, 2017

Shadowy group calls for Duterte’s ouster

MANILA – A shadowy group called Patriotic and Democratic Movement or PADEM, composed of disgruntled military and police officers and members, has called for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte and cited 10 reasons for its action. It accused Duterte of treating the military and police as his private armies and for betraying and violating public trust. It also urged Filipinos to join PADEM in condemning and fighting Duterte and his administration and to stage mass actions and demand the President’s ouster. In a manifesto, Antonio Bonifacio, who claimed to be PADEM’s spokesman, called on members of the military and police to also join the people in demanding Duterte’s resignation and also his administration. It said the group is working for the withdrawal military and police support for Duterte.  “We urge all Filipinos as individuals and as groups in whatever social sector, field, institution or organization to exercise their right of assembly and expression to undertake mass actions demanding the ouster of Duterte and his administration. We call on our fellow officers and members of the AFP and the PNP to join the people in demanding the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration.” “We pledge to work for the withdrawal of military and police support for Duterte and his administration in conjunction with mass mobilization of the Filipino people in millions to manifest their demand for the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration. Upon the change of administration, we pledge to follow the principle of civilian supremacy and support a new civilian administration, in accordance with the 1987 Constitution and the rule of law,” the manifesto, released by Bonifacio &'' believed to be a nom de guerre – said. PADEM also condemned and holds accountable for gross crimes in betrayal of public trust and in violation of national sovereignty and democratic rights of the Filipino people. It cited the following reasons as alleged crimes of Duterte:   Treating the AFP and the PNP as these were his private armies and practising favoritism and violating professional and service standards in the promotion and assignment of officers; Corrupting the PNP and the AFP with a system of monetary awards for the extrajudicial killing of alleged illegal drug users and of NPA suspects; Condoning and protecting top-level illegal drug lords; Emboldening/inciting police officers to engage in extrajudicial killings of poor suspected illegal drug users and pushers by publicly telling officers to plant evidence and by guaranteeing their pardon and promotion in case of conviction; Aggravating corruption in government and criminality through the collusion of Duterte trustees and crime syndicates; Allowing China to occupy maritime features in the West Philippine Sea and to violate Philippine sovereign rights upheld by decision of the Arbitral Tribunal in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; Bungling the operations in Marawi City and indiscriminately destroying lives and property through aerial bombings, artillery and mortar; Favoring certain Chinese businessmen and Duterte relatives and cronies in the award of projected infrastructure projects using loans from China; Betraying the sovereign rights of the Filipino people by making the Philippines a debt vassal of China and offering to China the oil and gas resources under the West Philippine Sea as collateral for Chinese loans; and Seeking to replace the partnership with the United States in matters of national security with an even more lopsided relationship with China and Russia.  Television network GMA reported that the military has reiterated its support for the administration of Duterte and strongly denied PADEM’s allegations. Military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines, along with all the men and women of the uniformed services and all their civilian personnel, stand by the government and support Duterte, their commander-in-chief. Padilla said the accusations and issues cited by the group are unfounded and uncalled for. “Such issues are clearly politically motivated and a matter that the AFP does not and will not subscribe to,” GMA quoted him as saying, adding, they are the constitutionally mandated protectors of the people and will stand by law-abiding citizens whenever and wherever they are needed. “Having affirmed this, the AFP, however, will not hesitate in acting against forces who shall undermine the stability and security of our country and those who wish to destabilize our nation thru unconstitutional means,” he said. Communist rebels had previously said that the Central Intelligence Agency is plotting to oust Duterte alongside the plan to assassinate Jose Maria Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Sison, in a statement he issued in May, said those who continue to support him assert that performance in a year is not enough basis for a final judgment and that there is more than enough time ahead for him to accomplish promises that have most impressed them, such as the eradication of the drug problem, criminality, and corruption. He said Duterte has, in fact, pleaded that he needs three or four more years to bring about the significant changes that he previously thought would be done in six months’ time. His promised campaign against the pork barrel and other forms of corruption of the Aquino regime has not yet materialized. “Where he has been most successful at, projecting himself as a strong leader by calling on the police and the public to kill drug addict-pushers, he has attracted the most severe and sustained condemnation by institutions, the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2017

MILF firm on demand, wants wider Muslim autonomy

COTABATO CITY – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF said it will not back down from its original demand to have a wider autonomy for minority Muslims in southern Philippines as it rejected anew any government offer other than an expanded territory, not even the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM.   The MILF signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014 and has been pushing for the approval and ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL and other provisions stipulated in the accord -Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro, including the establishment of the new Bangsamoro autonomous region.   The BBL was rejected by Congress during President Benigno Aquino’s administration after some of its proposed laws violated the Constitution. The MILF said it will not revisit the BBL and insisted on the original draft submitted to Aquino.   Many politicians and residents in the proposed Bangsamoro areas also rejected the BBL and wanted out of the deal, citing various reasons and the failure of the Aquino government and peace negotiators from both sides to include recommendations submitted by the provinces in the autonomous region.   The BBL was drafted by the 15-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission appointed by the MILF and the Aquino government.   If ratified, it will pave the way for the establishment of the Bangsamoro region that would replace the ARMM which is composed of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao, including the cities of Lamitan and Marawi. The creation of Bangsamoro autonomous region would have to be decided on a referendum in the ARMM and in areas where there are large Muslim communities.   Let SC Decides on Unconstitutional Provisions   “The position of MILF is very clear. First, MILF will never accept an autonomy that is lower than the ARMM; secondly, the MILF will not accept an autonomy that is equal to the ARMM. The MILF only accepts an autonomy law that is better than the ARMM,” said MILF Vice Chairman Mohagher Iqbal.   Iqbal also suggested the BBL should be passed as it is and let the Supreme Court decides on its unconstitutional infirmities. “Yung BBL ngayon kung ako lang ang masusunod ang maganda diyan ipasa na nila ng walang bawas at walang dagdag. Hayaan nalang natin ang Supreme Court maghusga kung alin dyan ang unconstitutional,” he said. “And then kung maghusga ang Supreme Court, ipunin na lang natin yun dahil meron pang function ang BTC mag-propose to amend the constitution.”   He said the government offered the ARMM thrice to the MILF and three times it was rejected by the rebel group. He said: “Congress may opt to pass all the constitutional provisions and for Congress to amend the Constitution to accommodate unconstitutional substances on the proposed Moro law, and then later it will incorporate to the working of committee which will draft the federal system of the country.”   Provisions   According to the BBL, the purpose of the law is to establish a political entity, provide for its basic structure of government in recognition of the justness and legitimacy of the cause of the Muslim people and their aspiration to chart their political future through a democratic process that will secure their identity and posterity and allow for meaningful self-governance.   In the draft law, the following areas shall be included in new political entity – the towns of Baloi, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Tagoloan and Tangkal in Lanao del Norte and all villages in the towns of Kabacan, Carmen, Aleosan, Pigkawayan, Pikit, and Midsayap which voted in the 2001 plebiscite. And also included are the cities of Cotabato and Isabela, and contiguous areas where 10% of residents may petition for its inclusion into the new Bangsamoro territory.   And under its General Principles and Policies, it stipulates “in the exercise of its right to self-determination and self-governance, the Bangsamoro is free to pursue its political, economic, social, and cultural development; the Bangsamoro Government shall be parliamentary. Its political system is democratic, allowing its people to freely participate in the political processes within its territory; the Bangsamoro Government, consistent and suitable to its parliamentary form of government, shall adopt an electoral system which shall allow democratic participation, encourage formation of genuinely principled political parties, and ensure accountability.”   It further said that: “Governance in the Bangsamoro is the responsibility of the duly elected civilian government. Civilian authority is, at all times, supreme over the military. The Bangsamoro Government shall promote unity, peace, justice, and goodwill among all peoples, as well as encourages a just and peaceful settlement of disputes. The Bangsamoro abides by the principle that the country renounces war as an instrument of national policy, adopts the generally accepted principles of international law as part of the law of the land, and adheres to the policy of peace, equality, justice, freedom, cooperation, and amity with all nations.”   “The Bangsamoro shall adhere to the principle of enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. The Bangsamoro shall establish a government that ensures that every citizen in the Bangsamoro is provided the basic necessities and equal opportunities in life. Social Justice shall be promoted in all phases of development and facets of life within the Bangsamoro. The Bangsamoro Government shall respect and adhere to all international treaties and agreements which benefited the Bangsamoro Government.”   President Rodrigo Duterte is also [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2017

Opinion: Grassroots & Governance -- Teresa S. Abesamis: "Rule of law or of men"

Following the EDSA Revolution, when we overthrew the authoritarian Marcos regime, President Corazon Aquino quickly set about the task of restoring the democratic structures which had been rendered ineffective by the "strong man" rule of Ferdinand Marcos. She pushed for a New "People's" Constitution, which provides safeguards against abuses of power and one-man rule. Soon after, although she was governing under a revolutionary government and could issue decrees, she pushed for the restoration of the Senate and the House of Representatives as provided in the newly ratified 1987 Constitution. And before her six-year term had ended, she signed the Local Government Code of 1991, transferring more political and budget authority to local governments from the national government. Clearly, President Corazon Aquino was for strengthening our democracy by broadening citizen and grassroots participation in the shaping of government policy and allocation of resources......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 1st, 2017

Duterte eyes changing martial law provision in Constitution

Duterte eyes changing martial law provision in Constitution.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thepinoyRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2016

President Duterte warns Congress against taking advantage of proposed Constitutional change

By Joann Santiago, Philippine News Agency MANILA, Aug. 3 &'' - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday called on lawmakers to do their part in changing the Constitution but warned them not to take advantage of it otherwise face the consequence. “M.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 3rd, 2016

Con-Com or Con-Ass?

Our present Constitution of 1987 was drawn up by a Constitutional Commission of 48 members appointed by President Corazon C. Aquino......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2016

Rody defends con-ass; House eyes con-com

MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte yesterday defended Charter change and constituent assembly (con-ass) as a mode of changing the Constitution for the s.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 1st, 2016

44% of Pinoys oppose Cha-cha

MANILA, Philippines - More Filipinos are against changing the 1987 Constitution than there are in favor, results of the latest Pulse Asia survey showed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 1st, 2016

Alvarez: ConAss to revise 1987 Constitution, not ConCon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) &'8212; There will be no Constitutional Convention (ConCon) but Congress will just convene as a Constituent Assembly (ConAss) to revise the 1987 Constitution to allow for the shift from the highly centralized Presidential sy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 28th, 2016

Con-Ass replacing Con-Con

There will be no constitutional convention (ConCon), as leaders of Congress have decided to transform the legislative body into a constituent assembly (ConAss) for the purpose of amending the 1987 Constitution......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsJul 28th, 2016

TRIVIA: SONA date changes through the years

MANILA, Philippines President Corazon Aquino and all the presidents after her are mandated to deliver the annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July. The 1987 Philippine Constitution fixed the date of the SONA "every year on the fourth Monday o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2016

Legal stars, scholars join Cha-cha debate

LEGAL luminaries and scholars exchanged ideas and gave their views and opinions on the controversial move to change the 1987 Constitution as they expressed contradicting opinions on the matter in a joint hearing of the Senate Committees on constitutional amendments and revision of codes, and electoral reforms and people’s participation….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News29 min. ago

Senators nix joint voting

SENATOR Panfilo Lacson has proposed expulsion of members of the Senate who will join the House of Representatives in its constituent assembly (con-ass) to amend the 1987 Constitution. “I was just concerned that in case of that remote possibility na meron in the future, he or she cannot escape a….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News29 min. ago

Done Deal

Frigate project ‘done deal’ sa panahon ni PNoy; former Navy chief itinanggi na nakialam si SAP Go IGINIIT kahapon ng Malacañang na ‘done deal’ na sa panahon pa ni dating Pangulong Benigno Aquino III ang kontrata para sa P15.7 bilyong frigate project na computer system ng mga barko ng Philippine….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News29 min. ago

WATCH | Ex-CJs Davide, Puno, Nene Pimentel differ on need for Cha-cha but agree Con-con is the way to go

Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. sees “absolutely no need to amend or revise” the 1987 Constitution he helped draft, his fellow ex-Chief Justice Reynato Puno and former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III believe it should be, but all three agree amendment or revision is best done through a constitutional convention......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated News42 min. ago