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The current push for Federalism
« on: January 04, 2018, 07:36:11 PM »
Pimentel says Duterte term may be extended ‘if really necessary’
Published January 3, 2018 12:42pm
By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/638431/pimentel-says-duterte-term-may-be-extended-if-really-necessary/story/?just_in

President Rodrigo Duterte’s six-year term may be extended “if really necessary” during the “transitory period” under the shift to federalism, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said Wednesday.

Pimentel is the president of the ruling party PDP-Laban where Duterte is the party chairman.

Pimentel said a term extension will “depend on the transitory provisions.”

“Depends too on when we approve the new Constitution. If 2019, then the next three years will be the transitory period,” Pimentel explained in a text message to reporters.

“We can extend the President's term 1. if really necessary, and 2. if he is amenable to it, and 3. since that extension will be part of the new Constitution, the new Constitution is approved by the people themselves,” he said.

Duterte’s six-year term will end in 2022.

Pimentel earlier said that PDP-Laban wants to adopt a "uniquely Filipino” federalism model with two constitutionally established orders of government -- a federal government and regional governments.

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Re: Push for Federalism
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2018, 07:43:38 PM »
No-el scenario in 2019 possible – Alvarez
By: Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net / 09:54 AM January 03, 2018
Without mincing words, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has admitted that a no-election (no-el) scenario in 2019 was possible if the proposed shift to federalism succeeds this year.

Alvarez said Congress can convene this January to tackle the proposal and submit the issue to the public through a referendum in May this year, coinciding with the planned barangay elections.

While the Constitution was silent on how they should vote on any Charter amendments, the Speaker believes that Congress should vote jointly.

“Kung merong mag question, well of course justiciable issue yan. Pupunta sa Supreme Court ‘yun,” Alvarez said in an interview on Wednesday over ABS-CBN News Channel’s morning show, “Headstart.”

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Re: The current push for Federalism
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 01:53:51 PM »
House readies draft federalism charter
Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) - January 8, 2018 - 12:01am

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives is likely to transmit to the Senate a draft resolution paving the way for the shift to federalism in February, a key administration lawmaker hinted yesterday.

Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado, chair of the House committee on constitutional amendments, bared that only four lawmakers will interpellate on Concurrent Resolution 09 creating a constituent assembly that will draft the federal constitution.

“We started it at the plenary last Dec. 13, I think it will end in January. So by February, it can be transmitted to the senators for their concurrence,” Mercado said in an interview over radio dzBB.

House leaders led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez are rushing the draft federal constitution so that the plebiscite on it will be incorporated in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in May.

Mercado said the super majority coalition in the House prefers the constituent assembly (con-ass) mode over the costly constitutional convention (con-con), which Davao Rep. Karlo Nograles said will cost P7 billion, and people’s initiative (PI).

The House and Senate will resume sessions on Jan. 15 after a month-long break.

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Re: The current push for Federalism
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2018, 01:42:46 AM »
'Intelligent choice': Panelo highlights need to educate people first before 'cha-cha' plebiscite | ABS-CBN news - Jan 17 2018
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Manila - A plebiscite should not be held if Filipinos are not yet capable of making an "intelligent choice" on the issue of charter change, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said Wednesday.
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/17/18/intelligent-choice-panelo-highlights-need-to-educate-people-first-before-cha-cha-plebiscite