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By Gil C. Cabacungan
The majority bloc’s push to get the three-fourths vote needed for charter change has shifted to high gear with the distribution of additional committee slots to the members of the independent bloc, including detained Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her son, Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado Arroyo.
For a leader in the Lower House, proposals to amend the Constitution may as well be dead. This, as the proposals to amend the Constitution’s economic provisions continue to languish in Congress as the next presidential elections near, House majority leader Mandaluyong City Rep. Neptali Gonzales II said on Tuesday.
In Article V of the 1934 Philippine Constitution, the Women Suffrage Bill paved the way for Filipino women to have the distinction of being the first in Asia to be granted suffrage. In the national election of Dec. 14, 1937, 24 women were elected to various positions. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
By Doris C. Dumlao
A group of prominent economists and socio-political analysts voiced support for a recent initiative by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. to liberalize economic provisions in the Philippine Constitution, saying such reforms were direly needed to attract the “right kind” of investors and support economic growth that benefits the broader populace.
By Norman Bordadora
The sponsor in the Senate of the questioned Reproductive Health Law dismissed as old hat the arguments presented to the Supreme Court by anti-RH law petitioners during the first round of oral arguments on the constitutionality of the controversial measure.
By Christian V. Esguerra
Playing with fire. That’s what Quezon City Rep. Feliciano Belmonte is doing by seeking to relax the Constitution’s economic provisions through a resolution calling for the passage of new laws, Bayan Muna Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate said Wednesday.
By Matikas Santos
Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Tuesday said that the proposed postponement of the barangay (village) elections is not unconstitutional because its timetable is not set forth in the Constitution.
By Doris C. Dumlao
Pres. Benigno Aquino III is still unconvinced that the Philippines should overhaul its Constitution to boost the country’s economic standing.
By Marlon Ramos
Thanks, but no thanks. Despite misgivings by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, defense lawyers on Monday said they would go ahead with the presentation of the asset declarations of other public officials to prove that Chief Justice Renato Corona did not violate the Constitution as alleged by the prosecution.
So it has come to this. At least 188 members of the House of Representatives voted last Monday to impeach Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona for culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust and graft and corruption. The articles of impeachment, grounded on eight charges, were transmitted to the Senate yesterday, which [...]
Former Supreme Court chief justice Reynato Puno pushes for the review of the 30-year-old 1987 Philippine Constitution. Puno was in Cebu yesterday to speak about the need of reforms in the Philippine political system before students from colleges and universities in Cebu City. “More than 30 years is a long time. We have seen developments [...]
“The judiciary, of course, is not perfect or omniscient. It can make, and it has made, mistakes. But mistaken or not, the court must be obeyed. But the judiciary has no guns to implement its orders. Thus, if every person is free to obey only what he or she considers a correct decision or order [...]
As if it takes an Aquino sitting in Malacañang for the Charter to become touchable, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte agreed in principle last week to convene the Lower House and Senate into a constituent assembly that would work to alter the economic provisions of the 1987 Philippine Constitution.