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Senate prepares anti-political dynasty provision

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

The Consultative Committee

MANILA, Philippines — The Consultative Committee (ConCom) still has to address several details of the anti-political dynasty provision in the proposed amendments to the Constitution.

According to a member of the ConCom, former Senate President Nene Pimentel, there remain questions on whether children, as well as husbands and wives of incumbent politicians, should be prohibited from running for office.

“We should include in the definition, the relationship of public officials and mistresses,” said Pimentel.

The proposal is similar to the anti-dynasty bill filed in the Senate by the Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes chairman Senator Francis Pangilinan.

The bill might be incorporated in the proposed amendments to the Constitution.

“Up to the second degree is the prohibition whether they will run simultaneously, or interchangeably,” said Pangilinan.

Meanwhile, people in the academe are against a no-election scenario in 2019.

The possible postponement of the polls surfaced due to the discussions in Congress to postpone anew the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

It can be noted there are proposals to reschedule the polls from May 14 to October 18 to pave way for the proposed federalism.

“First, this power grab is damaging democracy since Filipino voters will be deprived for one legislative term,” said University of the Philippines assistant professor of political science Gene Pilapil.

Senator Pangilinan is also not in favor of the said proposal.

“It’s too tight and hindi dapat sigurong madaliin ito kung charter change ang pinag-uusapan at pwersahan ng October. Palagay ko malaking disservice ito sa ating mamamayan,” said Pangilinan.

(It’s too tight and the charter change should not be fast-tracked. I think this is a huge disservice to the public.) — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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ConCom aprroves proposed anti-political dynasty provision

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2018

The Consultative Committee

MANILA, Philippines — After deliberating for three days, the Consultative Committee (ConCom) has finally come up with a provision that will ban political dynasties in the new Constitution.

Under the proposal, relatives of an incumbent official are prohibited to run for the same position.

These include parents, siblings, children, grandchildren, and grandparents.

If simultaneously running, relatives are limited to only two positions — one in the national and another in the regional or local.

The members of committee unanimously voted to adopt the provision, even if some of them belong to political families.

“I can claim to be a capital of a political dynasty and my family is no exception,” said ConCom member Atty. Ali Balindong. “I support the banning of political dynasties in this country,” he added.

On the other hand, ConCom member Atty. Ferdinand Bocobo said, “Political dynasties indirectly and silently threatens the national security, particularly in the political, social and economic dimensions.”

On a similar note, ConCom member,  Atty. Randolph Parcasio said, “I vote no to political dynasties. I vote yes to obliterate it in the political scene in our country.”

For some of the committee members, this is already a victory.

But they know they are courting the ire of political families.

“Of course, it might affect current political players but our mandate is to come out with a provision that will effectively address the issue,” said ConCom member and De La Salle University (DLSU) Dean Julio Teehankee.

Retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno said that it is very important to have a prohibition on political dynasties before the country shifts to the federal system.

“It ought to be self-evident that the constituent units of the federation cannot successfully exercise these rights to self-rule and shared rule if their government has been captured by political dynasties,” said Puno.

The only concern now is whether or not Congress will adopt the proposal considering most of the legislators are members of political families. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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Militant students to hold mass walkout from classes to protest against Duterte admin

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Militant students will once again conduct a mass walkout on Friday, February 23.

They are going against charter change, martial law in Mindanao, alleged fake free education, jeepney phaseout and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

The group said they are not afraid to be kicked out of their universities because of their mass walkout.

“Kung sinasabi mong iki-kick out mo kami, ang sagot namin sa iyo ay iki-kick out ka namin diyan sa iyong posisyon,” said Almira Abril, chairperson of the group Stand Up.

(If you’re saying you are going to kick us out, we say, we will kick you out from office. )

From Friday morning to Monday, the universities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will unite.

Meanwhile, according to Commissioner Ronald Adamat of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), it is up to the admin of the universities if they will sanction the students who will participate in the mass walkout.

He also advised the students not to participate in the protest.

“Talagang may violation yan (there really is a violation) because they do their walkout during their classes. They are supposed to be guided by the charter of their school. Dapat mag-aral na lang sila kasi wala namang patutunguhan yan (They should just focus on studying because [joining protests] will lead to nowhere),” said the commissioner.

The group estimates that thousands of students will join the mass walkout protest on Friday. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue




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Consultative committee to start job in February

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, February 1st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The consultative committee is preparing for the review of the 1987 Constitution.

President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier appointed its 19 members who will be headed by retired Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Puno.

“Second week of February, after we take our oath of office before the president tentatively set on Feb. 13. Meantime, we are doing all preparatory, organizational work,” said Puno in a text message.

The former chief justice said they will immediately convene after the group takes its oath before President Duterte in the second week of February.

Some of the members of the committee are former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr., former Supreme Court associate justices Antonio Nachura and Bienvenido Reyes.

In December 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte released Executive Order 10 that ordered the creation of a consultative committee that will conduct consultations and review the provisions of the Constitution concerning the structure and power of the government, local governance, and economic policies.

The committee is given six months to submit a report, recommendation, and proposal to the president.

The president said the Constitution should be amended to be able to give way to the federal form of government.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said they are ready to adopt the recommendation of the consultative committee even if they are now conducting a hearing on charter change.

“Source material din yun, reference material din po yung output nila yung transcript ng kanilang discussion. This can help us,” Pimentel said.

Meanwhile, the PDP-Laban Federalism Institute launches a book that contains the version of federalism that they are campaigning. The book will be among the material data that will be endorsed to the committee. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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