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Belmonte signs pledge not to touch political issues in Charter change

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte has signed a pledge vowing that only the economic provisions of the Constitution, and none of the political ones, such as the elected officials’ term limits, would be amended as part of the charter change moves in the House of Representatives.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

House seen as pushing Charter change in re-distributing committee slots

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Charter change is dead, says Gonzales

House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Did you know: Women Suffrage Bill

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

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Business group backs Belmonte call for constitutional amendment

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: July 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »