MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he would push for the South China Sea code of conduct when he flies to Beijing later this month. Duterte said his 5th trip to the Asian economic giant aims to address all of the issues related to the South China Sea as he noted that China could be delaying the talks for the much-awaited agreement to manage tensions in the disputed waters. “They are delaying it and it’s causing so many incidents and one day it will --- one mistake, a miscalculation there and mahirap na bawian ‘yun,” he told reporters, noting that the lack of a binding code “is becoming a very big issue.” In 2017, China and Southeast Asian countries with conflicting maritime claims agreed to start talks on a sea code, seen to replace the non-binding 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea. President Duterte said in discussing the code, he is “most interested in the extraction of the natural … [Read more...] about ‘Big issue’: Duterte says to press China on sea code
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What about a people’s initiative for Cha-cha? SHOOTING STRAIGHT - Bobit S. Avila (The Philippine Star) - July 30, 2019 - 12:00am Forgive me if I continue to push for Charter changes for the simple reason that so many people feel that the time has truly come for us to change the 1987 Constitution, which was created 30 years ago, which is a constitution that is filled with a Martial Law hangover. This is why I find it unfortunate that a political party and a political family has vowed not to replace the 1987 Constitution simply because they call it the Cory Constitution. But in truth, the so-called Cory Constitution did not usher in a genuine political change in the Philippines that would have brought us with the rest of the nations that is no longer subservient to the political whims of monarchies or political families. If you recall Jose “Pepe” Abueva way back in the 2006 became chairman of the Consultative … [Read more...] about What about a people’s initiative for Cha-cha?
MANILA - Since 1935, Philippine presidents have been reporting to the nation in an annual address. The State of the Nation Address (SONA) is meant to be an opportunity for the President to inform Congress and the public about the country's problems and to announce his or her legislative priorities. Each president brings something unique or different to the tradition. Former President Benigno Aquino III was the first to deliver a SONA speech entirely in Filipino. Duterte's first SONA in 2016, directed by renowned auteur filmmaker Brillante Mendoza, went viral because of the use of unconventional camera angles: from worm’s eye views to extreme close-up shots. Brillante Mendoza draws cheers, jeers in Duterte’s 2nd SONA Brillante Mendoza draws flak, praise for Duterte's SONA This year, the Duterte administration tapped Joyce Bernal, known for romantic comedy flicks, to direct the SONA. Bernal earlier said that she wanted the President's 2019 address to feel hopeful and … [Read more...] about SONA 2019: The new, unique or unusual
MANILA, Philippines — Part of the president's yearly State of the Nation Address before Congress is his laying down of the legislative priorities and President Rodrigo Duterte's on Monday began with a request to Congress to "reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes related to drugs, as well as plunder." Unlike in previous SONAs, Duterte did not mention amending the 1987 Constitution for a shift to a federal form of government—a campaign promise and a recurring theme in his speeches. Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez had urged the House to replace the constitution hours before he lost leadership of the lower chamber to Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who managed to pass a draft constitution on third and final reading. The proposal did not fly at the Senate, though, and with a seeming lack of public support or even awareness of plans for federalism, Duterte said that he would be fine with just charter change. He mentioned neither on Monday, the first day of the 18th Congress. Aside … [Read more...] about Bills that Duterte asked Congress to pass in 4th SONA
‘Federalism still alive, feasible under Duterte’ MANILA, Philippines — Despite President Duterte’s declaration that the shift to federalism won’t happen under his term, the issue is not yet dead. Former consultative committee (Con-com) spokesman Ding Generoso said the plan to change the form of government to federalism is still feasible within the last three years of the Duterte administration. In an interview on One News’ “The Chiefs,” aired on Cignal TV Wednesday night, Generoso said that advocates of federalism are not giving up efforts for a shift in government. He said the three remaining years of the Duterte government are sufficient for a people’s initiative or for Congress to amend the Constitution for federalism. “We don’t want this issue to die. We have to keep it alive even if we have to go into another administration after three years,” Generoso said. Former senator and … [Read more...] about ‘Federalism still alive, feasible under Duterte’