Former chief justice Puno points out “fatal omission” on federal charter

DAVAO CITY (December 14)-  The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed on third and final reading its version of a draft federal charter which adds “lawless violence” as a ground for the declaration of martial law.  It also lifts the term limits for lawmakers. However, former Chief justice Reynato Puno said the process followed by the …

Duterte: Inter-Agency Task Force on Federalism to raise awareness on constitutional reform

DAVAO CITY (November 6)–  The Inter-Agency Task Force on Federalism has been formed to develop strategies to raise public awareness on federalism and constitutional reform. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the creation of the task force through Memorandum Circular No. 52, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on October 31 and released to the media on …

DILG: Federalism can unlock Soccsksargen’s chest of natural wealth

DAVAO CITY (October 31) –  Federalism can be the key to unlocking Soccsksargen’s untapped abundance of natural and mineral resources, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). “The people of Soccsksargen are literally sitting on gold, copper, and iron, but are still living in poverty because of inequitable distribution of wealth …

Shift to federal form, an investment to boost country’s economic activity- ConCom

Davao City (August 16)–  The shift to a federal form of government is an investment that entails additional expense at the start but will improve the stature and condition of the nation, Consultative Committee (ConCom) member Professor Edmund Tayao said. “The additional costs in federalizing the country is an investment that would boost the country’s …

ConCom: Federalism to equalize power in impoverished regions

DAVAO CITY (August 5) — Consultative Committee (ConCom) chair Reynato Puno said the move towards federalism will equalize power and economic opportunities in most impoverished regions. “The essence of federalism is not just delegation of power but equitable distribution of the powers of government between the federal government and the government of its constituent states,”  Puno …

Commissioner Arellano: No Dictatorship, federal system to distribute power

DAVAO CITY (August 2)– A member of the Constitution Consultative Committee fired back to the critics who are raising the specter of dictatorship under the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Commissioner Antonio B. Arellano, during the Federalism Road Show media forum on Wednesday at Davao City Hall, expressed  his grief over the rumors being …