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PMPI statement on the appointment of charter change consultative committee

President Rodrigo Duterte finally named 19 out of the 25 members of the Charter Change Consultative Committee on amending the 1987 constitution, after several months of the committee’s establishment......»»

Category: newsSource: samarnews samarnewsFeb 13th, 2018

Duterte appoints 19 members of Charter Change consultative committee

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed 19 of the 25 members of the consultative committee on amending the 1987 Constitution, more than a year after creating the body. Duterte signed their appointment papers on January 23, but these were released to the media on Thursday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

Leaders’ consensus, consultative committee: Just more false turns for Charter reform

First word THE road to constitutional reform will remain mired in false hopes and false turns, despite the recent reports about 1) a break in the deadlock between the houses of Congress on the issue; and 2) the appointment by President Duterte... The post Leaders’ consensus, consultative committee: Just more false turns for Charter reform appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

‘Congress has final say on Charter change’

MANILA, Philippines — It is Congress that has the final say on Charter change (Cha-cha), not President Duterte’s 19-member consultative committee formed to r.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018

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 Thursday, Jan. 25. The appointments follow on the heels of a meeting over dinner Wednesday night between leaders of Congress to settle their row over how the legislature should vote on […] The post Duterte forms review body on 1987 Charter appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

Duterte to name 25 members of ConCom for Charter Change when… 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) &'8212; President Rodrigo Duterte will name the 25 members of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) that would review the 1987 Constitution and make recommendations towards a shift to federalism, after the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is submitted and there is substantial progress in the peace process with the National Democratic Front [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsApr 12th, 2017

Battle of experts looms in charter review

President Rodrigo Duterte’s consultative committee is set to begin Monday formal discussions on a proposed constitution, but facing strong opposition from other legal experts concerned over a shift to federalism. Source link link: Battle of experts looms in charter review.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2018

Senate eyes charter change committee report by March

Senate eyes charter change committee report by March.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

Consultative body on Charter change meets, to complete review before Duterte SONA

FORMER Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr.  said that they expected to complete the review of the 1987 Constitution before the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte in July. “Basically, they want us to submit the proposal by June towards the end of July (2018) so the president can already report the [...] The post Consultative body on Charter change meets, to complete review before Duterte SONA appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

Ex-Chief Justice Puno: Errors won’t be a policy of consultative panel

Committing mistakes is part of being human but in the consultative committee tasked to review the 1987 Constitution, there is no room for errors. Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, head of the executive consultative committee, remindedon Thursdaymembers of the body that "forgiveness of errors" would not be a policy in the drafting of the new Charter. "I have only one suggestion to make to the PMS (Presidential Management Staff) - let us put a big notice to the entrance of our office that will read: 'To err is human but forgiveness of errors will not be a policy of the consultative committee in the making our new Constitution,'" Puno said in his opening remarks at the body's pre...Keep on reading: Ex-Chief Justice Puno: Errors won’t be a policy of consultative panel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

SABAH IS OURS! ‘Malaysia tightens grip on mineral-rich island of Sulu sultanate’

MALAYSIA HAS tightened its grip on Sabah which is being claimed by the Sultanate of Sulu following a proposal – by a member of the Philippines’ 25-man consultative committee tasked with reviewing and proposing amendments to the Constitution – to include the mineral-rich island as the country’s 13th federal state. Former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr made the proposal while Filipino lawmakers are preparing to amend the 1987 Constitution and shift from presidential to federal form of government. He said the Duterte administration should continue to push for the country’s claim to Sabah in a way acceptable to international laws. “There should be a way that is acceptable under international laws to assert our claim to Sabah. I think we can defer it a little bit more, but to say that we stop doing it is not in the context of my proposal,” he told ABS-CBN Television recently. He also wanted Scarborough and Spratlys – which is being claimed by China and other ASEAN countries as theirs – to be part of the federated states of the Philippines.  Pimentel has also proposed the following to form part of the federal states Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Minparom, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Bangsamoro and Metro Manila as its capital. “Eventually once we have asserted our sovereignty and rights over Sabah, we should include Sabah. Not only Sabah, but also Scarborough, Benham Rise, and Spratlys,” Pimentel said. According to a report by Channel News Asia, Kuala Lumpur has strongly rejected Pimentel’s proposal to include Sabah as a federal state of the Philippines. “Malaysia is aware of remarks made by Mr Aquilino Pimentel Jr, a member of the Philippines’ Consultative Committee, which appeared in the media on the claim on Sabah recently,” it said, citing Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman as saying in a press statement. “The Government of Malaysia reiterates its position that Malaysia does not recognise and will not entertain any claims by any party on Sabah. Sabah is recognised by the United Nations and the international community as part of Malaysia since the formation of the Federation on 16 September 1963,” Anifah said. “Therefore, statements such as these will only expose the ignorance of history and international law of those who make them, as well as potentially harming the excellent bilateral relations which Malaysia and the Philippines currently enjoy.” Death Sentence Just last month, Malaysia’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for 9 Filipinos who were charged with waging war against the Malaysian King during the 2013 assault on Lahad Datu in Sabah. The Filipinos have been identified as Julham Rashid, 70; Virgilio Nemar Patulada, 53; Salib Akhmad Emali, 65; Tani Lahad Dahi, 64; Basad Manuel, 42; Datu Amirbahar Hushin Kiram, 54; Atik Hussin Abu Bakar, 46; Al Wazir Osman, 62; and Ismail Yasin, 77. Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif said the January 15 decision of the five-man panel of the Federal Court was unanimous, according to reports by The Star and Asia News Network, adding, the panel agreed with the Court of Appeal that the death sentence was the most appropriate based on the findings of the facts of the case. The other judges were Chief Judge of Malaya Ahmad Maarop, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjun, and Justices Ramly Ali and Azahar Mohamed. Basad Manuel is the son of the Jamalul Kiram III, the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu, who died from multiple organ failure in Manila in 2013. The bloody incursion by some 200 followers of Kiram from the southern Philippines in February 2013 was inspired by the supposed sultan’s claims of historical dominion over Sabah. The two-month siege was the most serious security crisis faced by Malaysia in years, involving armed conflict between the Sultan’s loyal followers and the Malaysian armed forces sent to root them out. The panel also dismissed the prosecution’s appeal against the acquittal of 14 men on the charge of waging war against the King and terrorist-related offences linked to the intrusion from Feb 12 to April 10, 2013, the reports further said. Chief Justice Md Raus said the panel has no reason to decide otherwise and affirmed the decision by the Court of Appeal delivered last June. At the height of fighting between Kiram’s followers and security forces, Malaysia deployed armoured vehicles and combat helicopters, including naval boats in an effort to flush out the Filipinos on the oil-rich island being claimed by both sides. About a dozen armoured personnel vehicles arrived in the town of Lahad Datu to support ground troops hunting down at least 50 members of the Sultanate of Sulu headed by Raja Muda Agbimuddin, the sultan’s younger brother. The group intruded Sabah in February 2013 to exert claim over Sabah, citing historical and legal claims, but Malaysia rejected this and launched a massive assault on about 200 of the sultan’s men following a deadline for them to surrender peacefully. The assault by Malaysian jets and ground artilleries left at least 62 intruders dead, but the fighting between the two groups also killed and wounded 18 Malaysian policemen and soldiers. Malaysia arrested more than 300 Filipinos who are suspected of supporting or aiding Raja Muda Agbimuddin’s group under a strict anti-terrorism law. More than 2,000 Filipino Muslims have returned to Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces after fleeing Sabah in 2013 for fear they would be arrested in a massive crackdown launched by Malaysian on illegal immigrants and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

LIVE: Senate hearing on charter change — Day 2

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate committee on constitutional amendments will resume its hearing on the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

Senate resumes hearings on Charter-change today

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate committee on constitutional amendments will resume today its hearings on various proposals to amend the 1987 Constitution......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

Cha-cha plebiscite to ride on brgy polls?

HOUSE appropriations committee chairman Rep. Karlo Alexie Nograles said holding the plebiscite on Charter Change with the barangay elections in May 2018 would be less costly for the government. While he assured that there is already a budget for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls on May 14, 2018, Nograles said they have yet to […] The post Cha-cha plebiscite to ride on brgy polls? appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018

Goodbye BBL, Hello Federalism

COTABATO CITY – For the third time around, majority Christian lawmakers in the House of Representatives are expected to reject the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL being pushed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014. Instead of BBL, lawmakers are now pushing for a federal form of government and President Rodrigo Duterte is also strongly advocating the shift to federalism, an advocacy he made even before when he was the mayor of Davao City. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also said Duterte’s priority now is to change the form of current government and this can only be achieved through amendments in the Constitution which lawmakers are currently working on. There was also a proposal to hold a plebiscite next year in time for the mid-term elections for Filipinos to decide whether to accept or reject federalism. But there are also many lawmakers who wanted to cling to power and extend their term of office until 2022 when voters would have to choose their leaders in national elections. BBL Duterte has previously backed the BBL and expressed optimism that the draft law will pass the scrutiny of Congress that previously opposed it – during Arroyo and Aquino’s presidency. But Duterte himself has been campaigning for BBL and federalism even before he won the presidency in 2016. And his political allies in Congress are supporting the proposed shift from the current presidential system to federalism, and not the BBL. The MILF, whose ageing leaders, called for the passage of BBL may be overridden by Duterte’s plans to grant regions autonomy through federalism. It said the administration of Duterte should immediately work for the passage of the BBL where the Aquino government left off. It stressed that the negotiation is completed following the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the MILF and government peace panels. Politicians questioning the BBL said the provisions in the draft law remain the same.  Zamboanga City Representative Celso Lobregat, who was one of those who opposed the BBL during the Aquino administration citing unconstitutional provisions in the draft law, is again raising the same issue. Unconstitutional In a previous statement, Lobregat made it clear, he will be vigilant and consistent with his stand with regards to the BBL. “I am for peace, I am not anti-peace, but we need a Bangsamoro Basic Law that is just, that is fair, that is acceptable, feasible and more importantly, it should not be contrary to the Constitution and existing laws,” he said. He said the BBL which the Bangsamoro Transition Commission submitted to Duterte still contains the same and even more contentious and questionable provisions. “Among the contentious provisions in the present version of the BBL is that there will be six plebiscites – one for ratification of the law, and second the periodic plebiscite every 5 years for a period of 25 years in the cities, municipalities and other geographic areas outside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which did not join the Bangsamoro after the ratification of the BBL,” Lobregat said. Lobregat, who was also former mayor of Zamboanga City, said Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) was the predecessor of the old BBL filed during the previous 16th Congress. The MOA-AD was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2008 describing the process that led to its crafting as “whimsical, capricious, oppressive, arbitrary and despotic.” He said the MOA-AD and the BBL have similar provisions, with some unconstitutional and controversial provisions. “Instead of promoting peace, there will be a constant tug of war on the political boundaries that will promote instability. The Bangsamoro will try to expand its area of jurisdiction and in turn, the local government adjacent, surrounding or neighboring the Bangsamoro will also fight tooth and nail in order to retain their territory,” Lobregat said. Lobregat said he will again be active and vigilant in the committee deliberations, plenary debates and caucuses to ensure that the interest of Zamboanga City and the rest of Mindanao are protected. Davao del Norte Representative and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s ally in the lower chamber, said the country’s push for federalism has almost the same concept of the BBL. “The BBL will be absorbed by the federal form of government, because that’s the same. The concept of BBL is the same in federal form of government,” he said, suggesting an amendment in the Constitution. “How can you implement the provisions of the BBL without amending the Constitution? You cannot do it because there are provisions in the BBL that run contrary to the provisions of the Constitution,” said Alvarez. MILF’s rival group, the Moro National Liberation Front under Nur Misuari, has strongly opposed the government peace talks with the MILF, citing a 1996 peace accord with Manila. And Misuari, who eventually became government of the Muslim autonomous region, is now facing rebellion charges for deadly attacks in Sulu’s Jolo town and in Zamboanga City in 2001; and another raid in 2013 in retaliation to government’s failure to fully comply with the peace agreement. Under the accord, Manila would have provided a mini-marshal plan in the restive region and livelihood and housing facilities for thousands of MNLF rebels. Misuari, a close friend and political ally of Duterte, also wanted to become a perpetual regional governor. He is also […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Senators welcome committee for charter change

Senators welcome committee for charter change.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018

Duterte appoints former chief justice, 18 others to consultative body to review Constitution

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed 19 of the 25-member “consultative committee” that will review the 1987 Constitution. Duterte signed on January 24 the appointment papers of the members of the committee with former Supreme Court chief justice Reynato Puno as chairman. Former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and former Supreme Court justice Bienvenido Reyes are [...] The post Duterte appoints former chief justice, 18 others to consultative body to review Constitution appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

House resolution on Cha-cha has been referred to proper Senate committee

"Everything is in order" following the Senate plenary's referral of the House of Representatives' concurrent resolution on charter change (Cha-cha) to the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes. "We have done the proper referral so nasa committee na," Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III told reporters on Monday. Asked if the Senate would also make its own resolution on Cha-cha, he answered: "Possible outcome na 'yun in a form of a committee report." "Pero hintayin na muna natin. Kare-refer lang po ngayong hapon sa proper committee. So everything's in order now," he added. "Everything is normal. Everything follows the procedure. Tama ito...Keep on reading: House resolution on Cha-cha has been referred to proper Senate committee.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

Business groups weigh in on charter change

By Minde Nyl R. dela Cruz THE SENATE is looking to invite business groups Makati Business Club (MBC), Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), and the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) in its next hearing on charter change following a joint statement recommending a focus on amending the economic provisions of the 1987 […] The post Business groups weigh in on charter change appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Public info campaign on Cha-cha pressed

SENATOR Nancy Binay yesterday underscored the need for an intensive public consultation and information campaign to help people fully understand the pros and cons of Charter change. “Personally, magandang pag-usapan pero para sa akin mahabang proseso. Huwag nating madaliin. Dapat talaga himayin,” Binay said in a statement. “Kung papalitan natin….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Nancy Binay: Public should be fully informed on Cha-cha

Senator Nancy Binay underscored on Sunday the need for an intensive public consultation and information campaign to help people fully understand the pros and cons of Charter change (Cha-cha). "Personally, magandang pag-usapan pero para sa akin mahabang proseso. Huwag nating madaliin. Dapat talaga himayin," Binay said in a statement. (Personally, it's good to discuss it but it's a long process. Let's not rush it. We need to really break it down.) "Kung papalitan natin iyong Konstitusyon, ano yung dapat palitan. Kailangan ba magchange tayo ng form of goverment or may certain provisions lang doon na i-aamend?" she added. (If we change the Constitution, what needs to be changed? Do we ne...Keep on reading: Nancy Binay: Public should be fully informed on Cha-cha.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018