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Senate prepares anti-political dynasty provision

by UNTV News   |   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 begins regional public consultations on June 18

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Consultative Committee

MANILA, Philippines — Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the Constitution, will begin the conduct of public consultations across the country on Monday, June 18.

ConCom will visit several regions in the country to get the pulse of the public and inform them of the planned amendments to the Philippine Constitution.

ConCom’s first stop is Dumaguete City followed by Baguio City, Tacloban City, Butuan, and Legazpi City among others.

“Karapatan na magkaroon ng disenteng bahay, karapatan na magkaroon ng edukasyon at karapatan sa kalusugan. Bakit po mahalaga? 20 porsyento po. Twenty-six million Filipinos ang tinatawag ng NEDA as under the poverty line. Ibig sabihin po walang sapat na kita sa maghapon para kumain ng tatlong beses maghapon,” said …

(The right to have a decent life, the right to education,  and the right to health. Why is it important? There are 20 percent or 26 million Filipinos whom NEDA calls as, under the poverty line”, which means they do not earn enough to afford three meals a day.)

It can be recalled that among the provisions ConCom seeks to add in the Constitution are the mechanism to end political dynasty; preventing politicians from party jumping, and the proposed prohibition among politicians to solicit or accept campaign contributions from religious organizations, and foreigners and from illegal activities.

In his speech in Davao City on Saturday, June 16 in line with the Eid’l Fitr celebration, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated that once the federal government is formed, he is ready to step down from his office.

“The time for federalism has come to our country. We have to move away from the style of a unitary form of government,” said Pres. Duterte.  “If you want a new leader to handle the transitioning of this country from unitary to federal, I would be happy to step down. I will resign,” he added.

ConCom aims to submit to the president the adopted draft on July 9 ahead of his State of the Nation Address. — UNTV News & Rescue


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Pulse Asia: 64% of Filipinos oppose Charter Change

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition against the proposed shift in government is rising, according to the latest survey conducted by Pulse Asia.

The survey, conducted from March 23 to 28 among 1,200 respondents, revealed that 64% of Filipinos “believe that the Philippine Constitution should not be amended now.”

Only 23% believes in change in the Constitution while 13% cannot decide on the matter.

Despite the increase in the number of disapproval, 32% of those who oppose the charter change said the Constitution “may be amended sometime in the future.” Meanwhile, another 32% said it “should not be amended now nor any other time.”

As compared to last year’s survey, the latest data showed 20% more of the country’s population has decided not to agree on charter change.

The survey also noted that 66% of the country’s population opposes the federal form of government.

 The Makabayan Bloc, reacting to the survey, said it just shows that President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration’s popularity has started to sink. The opposition bloc added that the survey results suggest that the administration should do away with its plan to shift to federal form of government.

“Sixty-four percent ang tutol. Isang tumataginting na sampal sa mukha ni Panguong Duterte ito sa kabila ng so-called popularity niya. Nire-reject na ng taong bayan ang sinasabing number one platform ng kanyang presidency, iyong shift to federalism and charter change na dala nito,” ACTS Teachers Party List Representative Antonio Tinio said.

(Sixty-four percent [of respondents] are against it. This is a slap in the face of President Duterte despite his so-called popularity. The people are rejecting what is said to be the number one platform of his presidency —the shift to federalism and charter change that comes with it.)

In a statement, the administration’s consultative committee believes otherwise. It said “The Consultative Committee views the results of the most recent survey of Pulse Asia on Constitutional change as a guide and a challenge that the proposed constitution is drafting shall face at the proper time—when it is submitted for ratification.”

The Committee added that “Once we are done and the proposed revisions are presented to the public, we are confident that the public perception will change.”

Malacañang admitted that the survey implies “a lot of work to be done by the government in informing, educating and reaching out to our countrymen regarding constitutional reforms.

Nevertheless, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque added that “The Duterte administration is thus working tirelessly in promoting to the public the workings of a federal set-up, a campaign promise of the President to bring government closer to the people.” – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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ConCom mulls creation of ‘federated’ regions

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Philippine Map (Google Map)

MANILA, Philippines — The Consultative Committee (ConCom) is presently deliberating on the creation of “federated” regions that will constitute the Federal Republic of the Philippines.

According to Prof. Edmund Tayao, the sub-committee chair on the structure of the federal government, each federated region will be created based solely on economic factors.

The committee will also consider natural resources, revenues, population, contiguity of the territory as well as language and ethnicity.

The committee has yet to determine which of the current 17 regions will qualify into a federated region.

Tayao said they will also consult the administration’s economic managers and other experts on this issue.

“Pero kung economics lang ang pag-uusapan (If economics were the only issue), the lesser, the better. Pero, hindi nga economics lang ang pinag-uusapan (But economics is not the only matter being considered),” Tayao said. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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