In rant vs COA, Duterte overlooks key element in war on graft—transparency

Kurt Dela Peña - Content Researcher Writer / @inquirerdotnet 08/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines—If corruption is a disease, U2 lead and activist Bono once said, the cure should be transparency. It has not been sufficiently explained, but Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s rant against the Commission on Audit (COA), the…

Behind the durability of institutions

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 07/25/2021

Administrations — or governments, as they are called in Europe — may come and go, but even the worst of them do not leave lasting damage on society if the institutions are strong. Institutions are the formed…

Comelec warns against appointing defeated poll candidates to gov’t offices

Rosalie O. Abatayo 07/04/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has warned government officials against the appointment of defeated candidates in the May 2019 polls. Lawyer Ferdinand Gujilde, election officer for Cebu province, said officials should observe the…

ConCom to explain Charter draft to officials

Jessa Mae Sotto 07/27/2018

THE Palace consultative committee (ConCom) will meet with Cebu officials to discuss the draft of the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution sometime today. Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said Secretary Adelino Sitoy, presidential adviser on Legislative…

Constitution, anyone?

Gerard Pareja 05/20/2018

Kon nakakita kamo sa royal wedding nila ni Prince Harry ug Meghan Markle nakamatikud kamo sa pagpangga sa mga Briton sa ilang mga tradisyon. Grabe kahugot ang pagkupot nila niani. Ug mao kini ang dakong hinungdan nga…

Gordon: Divorce bill violates Constitution

Inquirer.net 03/20/2018

SENATOR Richard Gordon believes that the divorce bill would violate the Constitution. Voting 134-57 with two abstentions on Monday, the House of Representatives approved House Bill No. 7303 known as “An Act Instituting Absolute Divorce and Dissolution…

Should we amend the Constitution?

Peter Wallace 03/15/2018

Amending the 1987 Constitution is the most important and most contentious change this country will face under President Duterte. It needs to be done with the utmost care. The Constitution is reactionary in that it was developed…

Constitution ‘silent’ on number of times martial law may be extended

Inquirer.net 02/07/2018

Supreme Court Ruling IN AFFIRMING Congress’ power to extend and determine the period of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, the Supreme Court (SC) said on Tuesday that there…

Crackdown

Editorial 01/16/2018

If only to rub salt on an open wound, Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) “offered” Rappler founder Maria Ressa a job in her blog following the revocation by the Securities and…

‘A ploy to destroy the constitution’

Morexette B. Erram, Winson Ensomo 09/15/2017

The passing of a P1,000 budget for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) by the House of Representatives is an “attempt to destroy the constitution,” said human rights lawyer Democrito Barcenas, as he also condemned House Speaker…

Of stewardship and democratic aspirations

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 07/30/2017

  Talks of charter change are not contributing to the strengthening of our democratic institutions in the era of transitions, where our still young nation still finds itself in. Such plan is, in fact, adding to the…

Only amendment to constitution can abolish CHR

Nestle L. Semilla 07/26/2017

  DESPITE the threats by President Rodrigo Duterte to abolish the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), he can only do so by amending the constitution. “Should the President decide to abolish it, then a constitutional convention must…

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