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Ban on political dynasties in Charter should be self-enforcing—Santiago

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiiago INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Instead of passing a law against political dynasty, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is proposing a “self-enforcing” prohibition that can be introduced as an amendment to the Constitution.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino shuns Charter change as more LP members joining bandwagon

President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III means what he says when it comes to Charter change, Malacañang said Wednesday.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Recto to Senate: Let’s talk ‘Cha-cha’

Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Amid a pronouncement that Charter change would be tackled in the Senate only after the House passed its own Cha-cha resolution, a party mate of President Aquino’s called on his colleagues on Tuesday to begin discussions on amending the Constitution, particularly the provisions that restrict foreign ownership of businesses in the country.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Lawmakers urged to sign pledge on Charter change

Buhay partylist congressman Lito Atienza . INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Members of the House of Representatives should sign a pledge to the people saying that lawmakers should not touch on the political aspects of the Constitution and focus only on lifting the economic restrictions of the charter, a partylist representative urged Wednesday.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Charter change bill takes off in House

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.: Why the rush? INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Charter change took a step closer to reality with the approval on Monday of a resolution to amend the protectionist provisions and foreign participation limits in the Constitution, despite dire warnings from local businessmen and legal experts.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Cha-cha’ train starts rolling again but Palace not keen

Batasang Pambansa. FILE PHOTO

The House of Representatives has started the ball rolling for Charter change (Cha-cha), with business leaders endorsing Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and his allies’ initiative to make a surgical revision of economic provisions in the 1987 Constitution.

Posted: January 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Egypt holds key vote on country’s new charter

An Egyptian worker carries boxes of ballots at the Giza courthouse, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. AP

Egyptians have started voting on a draft for their country’s new constitution that represents a key milestone in a military-backed roadmap put in place after President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown in a popularly backed coup last July.

Posted: January 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

In the Know: What is realignment?


Lawmakers are allowed to introduce amendments to the national expenditure program during the committee hearing of the appropriations bill and during floor debates, according to the Senate Legislative Budget Research and Monitoring Office.

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Death threats delay Tunisian constitution vote

Parliament members gather at the National assembly in Tunis. AP FILE PHOTO

Tunisia’s constitutional assembly prepares to select a new committee to oversee elections after its work weekend was disrupted by death threats against one of its members.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Egypt’s constitutional panel holds final meeting

University students supporting Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi occupy in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. AP

A panel that amended a constitution drafted under ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi is holding a final meeting before it hands over the final draft to Egypt’s interim president.

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

PDAF, Malampaya fund use unconstitutional


The Supreme Court on Tuesday declared as unconstitutional the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the use of Malampaya funds for other purposes other than energy-related projects.

Posted: November 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino’s DAP runs counter to previous advocacy, say groups

President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER.net Photo

An old bill he once filed to minimize presidential power over the national budget has come back to haunt President Aquino.

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Calls on SC to scrap DAP mount as sixth petition is filed

The Supreme Court building in Manila. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Another petition has been filed with the Supreme Court seeking to stop the implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and declare it null and void.

Posted: October 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

  1. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  2. Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service
  3. Santiago sees Palace hand in Gigi’s return
  4. Gigi Reyes’ only option: tell all
  5. Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst
  6. ‘Malang’ next crocodile attraction after ‘Lolong’
  7. Ancient enigmatic carvings in danger of disappearing
  8. New plant to boost supply of clean energy
  9. Unease in Vatican over cardinal’s luxury flat—report
  10. In the know: Gigi Reyes
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  5. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  6. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  7. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  8. Massive infra spending set
  9. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  10. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia


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  • Port Area fire spares Red Cross warehouse
  • PNP may use ‘reasonable force’ against of Etihad Airlines passengers refusing medical test
  • Intrigues mar signing of Bangsamoro draft law
  • Singson apologizes for delay in Edsa road repairs
  • Sports

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  • Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters
  • Ageless Hopkins pitches 50-50 Mayweather deal
  • Goodbye MGM, Las Vegas for Pacquiao?
  • Lifestyle

  • Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Entertainment

  • Lindsay Lohan says she had a miscarriage
  • Discovery network cancels Everest jump
  • ‘Captain America’ stays strong atop US box office
  • Easter musings
  • Solenn in shorts
  • Business

  • Oil prices down in quiet Asian trade
  • Asian shares mixed in holiday-thinned trade
  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Bataan freeport investment pledges up 1,302%
  • Golden Week
  • Technology

  • PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia
  • Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks 25th anniversary
  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • Filipinos in Middle East urged not to panic amid MERS-CoV scare
  • Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics
  • Search for Etihad passengers launched
  • Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
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