Category Archives: 1987 Constitution

Duterte to step down by 2020 if federal system is set up; says no to transition position for him

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 February) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday vowed to step down “if there can be a working federal set-up by the year 2020.” “I do not want any transition position. I do not have any plans of perpetuating myself in power. It ain’t in my system,” he told newly-appointed officials […]

BEYOND THE BEND: Cha-Cha, RevGov and ML

RevGov (Revolutionary Government) is now a discredited initiative given the anaemic public support it received last November 30, 2017. Although many political commentators still urge Filipinos to remain vigilant against threats to overthrow the existing constitutional order. The Philippines’ system of democracy and economic regime are far from perfect. But as a democratic nation, we […]

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: The Rappler Case: What is at stake (2)

Part 1I: Balancing Constitutional Norms in the Rappler case Antonio G.M. La Viña with Christian Laluna CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 02 February) —The drafters of the 1987 Constitution acknowledged the fear of government regulating mass media (even for laudable purposes) becoming government regulating the free press. Even in radio and TV, the licensing was […]

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: The Rappler Case: What is at stake? (1)

Part 1: Constitutional choices in the Rappler case Antonio G.M. La Viña, with Christian Laluna CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 01 February)  — At the outset, we disclose our bias: We consider the nationality requirement in the 1987 constitution as important but we are open to its revision in some sectors, such as telecommunications and […]

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Cha-Cha At This Time Would Be A Travesty

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 26 January) – Before Congress succeeds in railroading the shift to federalism, its proponents should be asked to produce whatever empirical evidence they have of its desirability, acceptability, and viability. Given such a momentous proposal, no credible studies and surveys have been undertaken or made generally available. Yet the […]

Castro says proposal to amend Consti guarantee of free press, speech came from Palace; Pimentel says no need to amend

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /18 January) — The proposal to amend the Bill of Rights’ guarantee of freedom of speech, expression, press and right to peaceably assemble did not come from his committee but from Malacanang, House Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro told ANC’s Early Edition on Thursday. “It came from an extrinsic source,” Castro said, adding […]

Whatever happened to Duterte’s EO 10 re  25-member ConCom on constitutional amendments?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 January) — Whatever happened to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 10 which he signed on December 7, 2016, creating a 25-member Consultative Committee (ConCom) to review the 1987 Constitution and recommend amendments? Duterte told MindaNews in a sit-down interview at the Presidential Guest House late Friday afternoon that he is […]

Duterte’s Federal Philippines: no Senate but unicameral body with around 50 reps

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 January) — President Rodrigo Duterte envisions a Federal Philippines without a Senate but a unicameral legislature composed of around 50 members with no party list representatives and a central government still based in Malacanang. This sums up Duterte’s response when MindaNews asked him on his vision of a Federal Philippines […]

COMMENTARY: What’s happening to the country, Mr. President?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 10 January) — President Digong Duterte early on last year publicly expressed his desire to form a 25-man Commission to review the 1987 constitution, prepare a draft of a new federal constitution that Congress, sitting as a Constituent Assembly, can work on to expedite charter change that will see […]

PDP’s draft federal Constitution submitted; is EO on Consultative Committee scrapped?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 October) —  Is Executive Order No. 10 on the creation of a 25-member Consultative Committee (ConCom) that would study the 1987 Constitution and recommend amendments to Congress considered scrapped given that the President’s political party, Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan  (PDP-Laban) has submitted its draft federal Constitution […]

Nene Pimentel on 1,000 peso budget for CHR:  Congress can’t abolish CHR

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Sept) — “The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is a Constitutional body that Congress has no power to abolish,” former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel said in reaction to the House of Representatives’ 119 – 32 vote Tuesday to give only 1,000 pesos budget to the rights body in 2018. […]

Martial law declaration arbitrary — Ka Satur

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/27 July) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to declare martial law in Mindanao with the avowed goal to contain terrorism in the island is arbitrary, a former lawmaker on Thursday said. Duterte relied mainly on the military, a tack that the Supreme Court followed when it decided on petitions questioning the legality of […]

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

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) — 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 […]

COMMENTARY: For the Con-Com: food security must be a constitutional right!

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/17 March) — The United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development identified food security as an extremely urgent global priority. But truth be told, this matter is particularly more critical for the Philippines. It was just a year ago, when farmers from North Cotabato left their drought-ridden farms to protest the government’s failure […]

COMMENTARY: Con-Com can learn from the BBL

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/16 January) — One tool which can help the Constitutional Commission (Con-Com) organized by the Duterte administration with its mission is the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Presently, the BBL is in limbo given the pending petitions with the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). Many […]

COMMENTARY: What to expect in the constitutional drafting process

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/02 December) — Congress’ shift to Cha-Cha mode is happening soon. And the only way this does not eventuate at all is if Bongbong Marcos wins his election protest and becomes Vice-President. For I highly doubt Filipinos will ever agree to change the charter while there is a Marcos in Malacañang. Ironically, the […]

COMMENTARY: Gearing up for the next battle: Cha-Cha

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/21 November) — Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have indicated that they are about to move into the Cha-Cha phase of this administration’s national development plan. The debate being framed now is between Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) versus Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass). I expect this debate to be spirited, but I hope […]

PEACETALK: “To negotiate for the people, with the people and through the people” Antonio B. Arellano

(Opening statement of Government peace panel member Atty. Antonio B. Arellano at the media roundtable on Addressing Marginalization: The Indigenous Peoples and the Peace Process between Government and the National Democratic Front,” held at the Pinnacle Hotel in Davao City on 28 September 2016) DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 September) — In the formulation of […]