DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 Aug) – The inclusion of “lawless violence” as one of the bases for declaring martial law under the draft constitution for a federal setup intends to address cyber violence and acts committed by “barbaric” groups, a member of the Constitutional Commission said during a forum on Wednesday at city hall. […]
The seven Mindanawons in the 20-member Constitutional Committee (ConCom) that is reviewing the 1987 Constitution pose for a souvenir photo on 14 March 2018 (L to R): lawyers Randolph Parcasio of Davao Occidental, Antonio Arellano of Davao City, Roan Libarios of Butuan City, Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. of Cagayan de Oro City, Pangalian Balindong of Lanao […]
MANILA (MindaNews / 10 March) — Executive Order 10 creating the 25-man Consultative Commission or Committee (ConCom) to advise President Duterte on the revisions of the 1987 Constitution has been inordinately delayed. Signed on December 7, 2016, it took the President 14 months to constitute its membership. This delay is a fatal flaw as it […]
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MANILA (MindaNews / 02 March) — Now that the 25-man Consultative Commission (Concom) is constituted, the serious task of crafting the federal constitution is off to an auspicious start. Although the body is still six commissioners short, I hear from the grapevine that the Deegong may still add more women and some from the indigenous […]
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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 […]
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 30 January) — Charter Change is now an all too familiar refrain. The pattern is eerily recognizable: Proponents, usually with the tacit or explicit support of the current dispensation, would float the idea and test its acceptability and take initial steps to prosecute a plan of action. The political […]
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 […]
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 […]
(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk DEPARTURE STATEMENT AND MEDIA INTERVIEW OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE BEFORE HIS STATE VISITS TO THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA, KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN AND STATE OF […]
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 […]
MELBOURNE (MindaNews / 02 April) — In the eyes of society, all criminals are vile villains. This is a bitter fact of life that has numbed many in the country to the brutality of the War on Drugs. But silence should not be mistaken for apathy. The administration’s dogged determination is appreciated but their strategy […]