CHR to become independent body in proposed charter

The Commission on Human Rights will be known as an independent constitutional commission which will probe not only rights offenses committed by state agencies, including soldiers and policemen, but also by private entities, although it will not have the power to prosecute them......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarApr 16th, 2018

ConCom elevates CHR as constitutional body

By Camille A. Aguinaldo THE Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the 1987 Constitution voted 16-1-1 on Monday to elevate the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) as an independent constitutional body under its proposed draft Charter. This meant the CHR would be a constitutional body similar to the Commission on Audit (CoA) and Commission on […] The post ConCom elevates CHR as constitutional body appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Despite public disapproval, consultative body to push federalism

Public disapproval of constitutional revision and federalism is no reason to stop moves to amend the 1987 Constitution, according to the spokesperson for the Consultative Committee that drafted a proposed federal charter for the Duterte administration. Conrado Generoso told a Senate hearing on Tuesday that public sentiment about revising the Constitution and adopting federalism was bound to change in the coming days, as the country had just begun discussions on the proposal. A Pulse Asia poll conducted from June 15 to June 21 found that 67 percent of Filipinos disapproved of the amendment of the 1987 Constitution, while 62 percent opposed the proposal for a shift to federalism....Keep on reading: Despite public disapproval, consultative body to push federalism.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Duterte, Robredo can seek two four-year terms under federal charter

President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo can seek another term in office under the proposed federal government constitution, a member of the special body tasked to draft the new charter said, amid concerns of a perceived lack of transparency on the document......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Federalism: More power vs monopolies proposed

The body crafting proposed charter amendments would vote on a proposal to form a constitutional body with the sole power under a federal system of government to stop monopolies and cartels and ensure fair trade competition.   The 22 members of the consultative committee, headed by former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, will vote on the proposals next week.   Consultative committee member Arthur Aguilar, who heads the subcomittee on economic reforms, said the new Charter would need stronger provisions against "inefficient market structures that restrain fair competition."   The 1987 Constitution, he said, has only one section devoted to monopolies and fair tra...Keep on reading: Federalism: More power vs monopolies proposed.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

Panel hopes to end US NCAA one-and-dones

By Ralph D. Russo, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The most difficult part of the NCAA’s attempt to clean up college basketball begins now. Hours after former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice presented the Commission on College Basketball’s sweeping recommendations for reforming a sport weighed down by corruption, NCAA leaders set in motion the process for turning those ideas into reality. The NCAA Board of Governors, a group of 16 university presidents and the association’s highest ranking body, unanimously endorsed all the commission’s recommendations Wednesday. Now it’s up to various subcommittees, working groups and college administrators to dig into a mountain of work over the next three months as the NCAA attempts to change NBA draft rules, create a new enforcement body, toughen penalties for rules violations, revamp summer recruiting and certify agents. All while trying to get buy-in from organizations that might not be motivated to help. “It’s going to be a challenge to say the least,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “This is a pace of decision making that the association’s really never done on this kind of scale before.” The Division I Council, comprised mostly of athletic directors and headed by Miami AD Blake James, has the job of turning the recommendations into rules. That requires feedback from schools, then council votes with some conference votes counting more heavily than others. Each proposal then goes to the Board of Directors, where a majority vote is needed to send it to the Board of Governors for final approval. It’s a winding path — crossing 351 Division I schools with varied priorities and concerns — and requiring consensus building and compromise for measures to pass. NCAA rule changes can sometimes take a full calendar year to sort out. “We’ve got to make sure we don’t let the good fall victim to the perfect here,” Emmert said. “Nobody believes we’re going to get everything perfect the first time through.” The independent commission Rice led released a much-anticipated and detailed 60-page report , seven months after the group was formed in response to a federal corruption investigation that rocked college basketball. Ten people, including some assistant coaches, have been charged in a bribery and kickback scheme , and high-profile programs such as Arizona, Louisville and Kansas have been tied to possible NCAA violations. “They believe the college basketball enterprise is worth saving,” Rice told the AP of commission members in an interview before addressing NCAA leaders. “We believe there’s a lot of work to do in that regard. That the state of the game is not very strong. We had to be bold in our recommendations.” The proposals were wide-ranging, falling mostly into five categories: NBA draft rules, specifically the league’s 19-year-old age limit that has led to so-called one-and-done college players; non-scholastic basketball such as AAU leagues and summer recruiting events; the relationship between players and agents; relationships with apparel companies; and NCAA enforcement. “Some people like some of (the recommendations) more than others, which is human nature, but as a board we’re unanimous in the endorsement and the acceptance of these recommendations for the NCAA,” said Minnesota President Eric Kaler, chairman of the Division I Board of Directors. It’s not yet clear how the governing body would pay for some of the proposals, though the NCAA reported revenues of more than $1 billion dollars for fiscal year 2017 in its most recent financial disclosures. The commission offered harsh assessments of toothless NCAA enforcement, as well as the shady summer basketball circuit that brings together agents, apparel companies and coaches looking to profit on teenage prodigies. It called the environment surrounding hoops “a toxic mix of perverse incentives to cheat,” and said responsibility for the current mess goes all the way up to university presidents. It also defended the NCAA’s amateurism model, saying paying players a salary isn’t the answer. “The goal should not be to turn college basketball into another professional league,” the commission wrote in its report. The commission did leave open the possibility that college athletes could earn money off their names, images and likenesses, but decided not to commit on the subject while the courts are still weighing in. Rice called the crisis in college basketball “first and foremost a problem of failed accountability and lax responsibility.” ONE-AND-DONE The commission emphasized the need for elite players to have more options when choosing between college and professional basketball, and to separate the two tracks. The commission called for the NBA and its players association to change rules requiring players to be at least 19 years old and a year removed from graduating high school to be draft eligible. The one-and-done rule was implemented in 2006, despite the success of straight-from-high-school stars such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett. “I’m confident they are going to be very supportive,” Emmert said of the NBA and NBAPA. The NBA and players union praised the recommendations on enforcement and expressed concerns about youth basketball. On draft eligibility rules, however, there was no commitment. “The NBA and NBPA will continue to assess them in order to promote the best interests of players and the game,” they said. The commission did, however, say if the NBA and NBPA refuse to change their rules in time for the next basketball season, it would reconvene and consider other options for the NCAA, such as making freshmen ineligible or locking a scholarship for three or four years if the recipient leaves a program after a single year. “One-and-done has to go one way or another,” Rice told the AP. ENFORCEMENT The commission recommended harsher penalties for rule-breakers and that the NCAA outsource the investigation and adjudication of the most serious infractions cases. Level I violations would be punishable with up to a five-year postseason ban and the forfeiture of all postseason revenue for the time of the ban. That could be worth tens of millions to major conference schools. By comparison, recent Level I infractions cases involving Louisville and Syracuse basketball resulted in postseason bans of one year. Instead of show cause orders, which are meant to limit a coach’s ability to work in college sports after breaking NCAA rules, the report called for lifetime bans. “The rewards of success, athletic success, have become very great. The deterrents sometimes aren’t as effective as they need to be. What we want are deterrents that really impact an institution,” said Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins, who was a member of the Rice commission. AGENTS The commission proposed the NCAA create a program for certifying agents , and make them accessible to players from high school through their college careers. AAU AND SUMMER LEAGUES The NCAA, with support from the NBA and USA Basketball, should run its own recruiting events for prospects during the summer , the commission said, and take a more serious approach to certifying events it does not control. APPAREL COMPANIES The commission also called for greater financial transparency from shoe and apparel companies such as Nike, Under Armour and Adidas. These companies have extensive financial relationships with colleges and coaches worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and Adidas had two former executives charged by federal prosecutors in New York in the corruption case......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

Consultative committee votes to elevate CHR as constitutional body

The consultative committee en banc on Monday voted to elevate the Commission on Human Rights into an independent constitutional body in the charter that they would propose......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

New charter to empower poor – Puno

THE Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the 1987 Constitution will include socioeconomic rights in the proposed draft of a new Charter to give the poor a “tool” to fight poverty. Retired chief justice Reynato Puno, ConCom chairman, on Wednesday said the body’s intention to expand the Bill of Rights in the draft Charter is [...] The post New charter to empower poor – Puno appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

Amendment to GSIS charter sought

The Government Service Insurance System is seeking an amendment to its charter so it can manage a proposed new dual pension scheme for uniformed personnel and help stop its fiscal bleeding caused m.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Anti-fedaralism senators nixed

ABOUT 100 members of the House of Representatives have launched a massive campaign against the election of senators who oppose Charter change and federalism. This is according to Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso, chairman of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments, who lamented that the proposed Charter change has been languishing….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Arroyo: I’m retiring. No plan to run for anything in 2019

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyoon Wednesdaysaid that she is not planning to seek any government seat in the 2019 midterm elections. The former president stressed that nothing can stop her from retiring next year. "I am retiring... I don't plan to run for anything in 2019," Arroyo, who is on her last term as representative of Pampanga,said in an interview on CNN Philippines' The Source. Arroyo also dismissed speculations that she aims to become prime minister once the proposed shift to a federal form of government pushes through. She claimed that the position of prime minister was not provided in the draft of the federal charter prepared by the Consultative Committee which...Keep on reading: Arroyo: I’m retiring. No plan to run for anything in 2019.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

Cha-Cha possible within Duterte’s term – ex-SolGen

THE proposed shift to the federal system of government could happen in the second half of the administration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, according to a former solicitor general. Atty. Florin T. Hilbay, who served as solicitor general during the time of former Pres. Benigno Aquino III, said the Congress would try to achieve Charter change […] The post Cha-Cha possible within Duterte’s term – ex-SolGen appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 26th, 2018

No Charter change before polls, says Tito Sotto

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that any discussion regarding the proposed shift in the form of government to a federal system would best be done after the May 2019 elections......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

No Charter change before polls, says Tito Sotto

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that any discussion regarding the proposed shift in the form of government to a federal system would best be done after the May 2019 elections. Source link link: No Charter change before polls, says Tito Sotto.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

Pernia wants a ‘more analytical’ draft federal charter

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the draft federal constitution must provide an “analysis” on the impact of the proposed change in form of government on the country’s economy and fiscal profile......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Palace welcomes healthy debate on Federal Charter

PRESIDENTIALspokesperson Harry Roque yesterday said Malacañang is all for having a healthy discussion of the proposed federal charter. “As we have said, we encourage a healthy discussion regarding the draft federal Constitution,” Roque said, in response to the statement of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez on Friday that the ambiguous and….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

Cha-cha passage before polls uncertain -- Koko

EVEN the prime mover of Charter change in the Senate has admitted that it will be hard to pass the proposed Federal charter before the May 2019 elections. Senator Koko Pimentel, president of PDP-Laban, acknowledged that the debates on federalism at least at the Senate will face many roadblocks. But….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

Solutions Expected Amid Concerns on Draft Charter

The concerns raised by the administration’s economic managers on the government’s proposed shift to federalism could still change as the current draft Charter is still subject to change, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Thursday. However, Malacañang respects the economic managers’ views, Roque said, adding that at the same time, they are expected to find […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Draft federal charter rejected

The Philippines’ investment grade credit rating will be at risk if the current draft of a proposed federal government is approved, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd warned lawmakers on Wednesday. At the continuation of a Development Budget Coordination Committee briefing at the Senate, Dominguez said framers of the draft federal constitution did consider how the national debt [...] The post Draft federal charter rejected appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

No budget for Bangsamoro, Cha-cha plebiscites — Comelec  

Officials from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) have admitted during discussions at the House of Representatives that the agency has no budget for the plebiscites on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and the proposed Charter change (Cha-cha). "There is no provision for the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite," a presenter from the Comelec told the House Committee on Appropriations' hearing on Monday, which was also attended by Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abbas, Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, and other officials. According to the presentation, the expenses for a plebiscite in the areas covered by the BOL in Mindanao would cost P854 million. When ACT Partylist Representative Antonio ...Keep on reading: No budget for Bangsamoro, Cha-cha plebiscites — Comelec  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

Faces of the news

Melchor Arthur Carandang The Office of the President on July 30 dismissed Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang for allegedly releasing to the media information about the Ombudsman's now-aborted investigation into the alleged unexplained wealth of President Duterte and his family. The Palace ignored the Supreme Court's Jan. 28, 2014, decision declaring unconstitutional the Ombudsman Act provision that gave the President disciplinary powers over the officials of this independent constitutional body. The Palace made its move only days after the retirement of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who had earlier resisted the order to suspend Carandang pending investigation a...Keep on reading: Faces of the news.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018