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PADILLA BATS FOR CHARTER CHANGE BY CONCON

Now is the best time to discuss amendments to the 1987 Constitution via a Constitutional Convention (ConCon), Senator Robin Padilla said. Padilla is the chair of the Senate hearing tackling amendments to the 1987 Constitution – including a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention to revise the Charter. “Ako ay matagal nang nagsusulong na ating […]

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SENATE HOLDS CHARTER CHANGE HEARING IN BAGUIO

The Senate Subcommittee Resolution of Both Houses No. 6 (RBH No. 6) proposing amendments to economic provisions of the Constitution has brought its public hearings closer to the people, starting with what Senate President Migz Zubiri described as a very encouraging Baguio public consultations. “The Constitution is the bible of any nation. The bible of […]

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DRAFT SENATE RULES ON CHA-CHA HEARINGS — ESCUDERO

Senator Chiz Escudero cautioned his colleagues against proceeding with future hearings on Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) No. 6 without a clear set of guidelines that are contained in the Rules of the Senate. Speaking at the plenary, Escudero noted that the Rules of the Senate does not have a specific section on procedures on […]

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POE: ECONOMIC CHA-CHA MAY OPEN A CAN OF WORMS

Senator Grace Poe said proponents should tread carefully in tinkering with the 1987 Constitution to amend its economic provisions, warning it could instead open a can of worms. Poe said treading the path of constitutional reforms should be done in careful and measured ways as it could open a can of worms. “Sabi nila, sarado […]

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CHA-CHA NOT A MAGIC SOLUTION TO PH ECONOMY – BINAY

Senator Nancy Binay said the proposed amendments to the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution are “not a magic solution” to the problems confronting the Philippine economy and every struggling Filipino citizen. In a radio interview, Binay questioned whether the proposed amendments would genuinely lead to lower prices of basic commodities. “Hindi lang ito ang […]

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ESCUDERO TO HOUSE: PRESENT DATA ON CHA-CHA NEED

A classic case of “the pot calling the kettle black.” This was the reply of Senator Chiz Escudero when asked to comment on the challenge to the senators made by House Majority Leader Manuel Jose Dalipe to declare their position on the Charter change (Cha-cha) issue. Escudero turned the table and dared Dalipe as well […]

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BARBERS WILLING BROKER HOUSE-SENATE CHA-CHA TALK

Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Ace Barbers said he is willing to play the role of House of Representatives’ emissary to the Senate leadership amid the continuing word war between the two chambers on constitutional economic amendments.Barbers had this to say in a press briefing wherein he underscored the need to “sit down and […]

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NO PUBLIC FUNDS FOR PEOPLE’S INITIATIVE — PADILLA

The People’s Initiative (PI) remains a valid method of introducing amendments to the 1987 Constitution, but it is unacceptable if it is bastardized. Senator Robin Padilla stressed this amid the recent People’s Initiative efforts that included a question on whether the Senate and House should vote jointly or separately. Padilla, in an interview on ANC, […]

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PIMENTEL TO HOUSE: JUNK PEOPLE’S INITIATIVE DRIVE

Senate Minority Leader Koko Pimentel III issued a challenge to the House of Representatives – to urge their fellow members to call for the abandonment of the people’s initiative aimed at amending the Constitution. In a radio interview, Pimentel urged those behind the initiative to “abandon ship” and not proceed further with the process. “Sana […]

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SHUN ‘PEKENG INITIATIVE’ – POE

Senator Grace Poe called on the public to reject the fake people’s initiative being peddled to amend the 1987 Constitution. What the Filipinos urgently need are food on the table, jobs, healthcare, education, and quality life, Poe stressed. “Sa bangayan dito sa pekeng initiative, inuuna na naman ng ibang tao ang politika kaysa problema ng […]