Congressional committee’s proposals to amend the Constitution
Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the congressional committee to amend the Constitution, invited me to react to the committee’s proposals in its public hearing last week at the Batasang Pambansa.I gave brief extemporaneous remarks in that meeting. They summarized my ideas on this important subject, including those in several essays in this column. Two other references at the end widens the framework.Most urgent constitutional issue: amend the restrictive economic provisions. The most urgent issue is to amend or soften the restrictive provisions on foreign investments in the constitution.These ...
Activating the rule of law
Over the last three decades, many of us took comfort in the belief that the Constitution that was crafted and ratified in the aftermath of the 1986 People Power Revolution will never again permit any would-be autocrat to use any of its provisions to override the rule of law. How illusory that belief has proven to be!The 1987 Constitution, overwhelmingly ratified by the Filipino people in a historic national plebiscite on Feb. 2, 1987, sought to buttress the bill of rights and enlarge the scope for civil society participation in decision-making. In particular, it rewrote the martial law provisi...
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When a sacred love ends
As a child of devoted parents, as a millennial whose peers are saying their “I dos” left and right, and as a fan of genuine grow-old-with-you love stories, I can’t help but think about marriage—or more accurately, our concept of it. I’m among the millions of idealistic Filipinos who hold marriage in extremely high regard. It’s a lifelong commitment, a decision a couple must always try to uphold. For some, it’s because marriage is made sacred by the divine; for others, it’s because the Constitution itself describes it as “an inviolable social institution.” Either way points to the sanctity of t...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
FOR the umpteen time since the birth of the present constitutional republic, its foundational document, elegantly known as the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is about to be reviewed. As keen observers of our political world would acknowledge, it appears that every new National Assembly (NASS) takes it as its responsibility to peer through the document to ferret out what it determines as inadequacies. It is remarkable that with all these quadrennial efforts, the document is as flawed as it was at birth. Are you wondering what it says about the efforts? You are not alone.A...
State Rep. Rodney Garcia Refuses To Resign After Saying Constitution Calls For Socialists To Be Shot
Montana state lawmaker Rodney Garcia (R) said that the Constitution allows for Americans to jail or shoot people for being socialists, and is now refusing to resign. Garcia refused calls from state party leaders, including the Speaker of the Montana House of Representatives and the state House majority leader, to resign after making the comment at a party event on Friday. Garcia told the AP that he believes that Article III of the Constitution allows for the jailing or killing of “enemies” of the U.S. He said he believed this to mean socialists. This comes after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont)...
Biden Says He’d Nominate Obama To The Supreme Court, “If He’d Take It”
Former Vice President, Joe Biden, said he would nominate former President, Barack Obama, to the Supreme Court providing that the ex-commander-in-chief were willing to do the job.Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution grants him this privilege – to nominate Obama, and with the advice and confirmation of the Senate, appoint him to the highest court.Biden was asked over the weekend at a presidential tour event in Washington, Iowa, by one of the members of the crowd, if he would nominate his former boss for the post, to which he replied, “If he’d take it, yes.He then went on to e...
PRO: Second Amendment sanctuaries reflect the will of people who value the Constitution
As leftist politicians continue to threaten the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans, citizens are standing up for themselves.Dozens of counties in California, Colorado, Illinois, Rhode Island, Texas and elsewhere have voted to become “Second Amendment sanctuaries,” declaring that sheriffs in those counties will not enforce gun-control legislation that violates the Constitution.In New Mexico, 29 of the state’s 33 county sheriffs signed a resolution earlier this year opposing sweeping gun-control bills proposed in the state legislature. Most recently, Virginia made headlines as more t...
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Party chiefs clash over tax, Constitution before upper house election
The leaders of Japan's major political parties faced off in a debate Sunday over the planned consumption tax hike and Japan's pacifist Constitution ahead of the start of official campaigning this week for the upper house election.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during an online debate that there is no change in the plan to raise the consumption tax to 10 percent from 8 percent in October, in response to criticism from all five opposition party leaders."The consumption tax hike is necessary as a stable revenue source" for the government's plan to provide free education and child care programs, s...
No Yes-men: Some resist Cuba government's constitution push
Havana (AFP) - "Yes, yes, yes, yes." On the streets of Havana, it's hard to escape the government's campaign urging voters to endorse the Communist country's new Constitution in a February 24 referendum.Billboards blare out the message "#YoVotoSi" (I vote yes) at intersections. Buses pass carrying the same line in smaller letters, and there it is again on stickers at cash machines or supermarket displays. But on social media, some in the Caribbean island are saying "No," an act of defiance against one of the world's last Communist regimes, whose electoral processes and rights record have often...
Has Donald Trump Violated The Constitution’s Emoluments Clause? 3 Court Cases Will Decide
Lawyers representing roughly 200 Democrats last month asked a federal judge to allow them to move forward on a lawsuit that would block President Donald Trump from accepting payments and other benefits from foreign governments doing business with his vast corporate empire while he serves out his remaining time in the presidency.Nearly a year after it was initially filed, the lawsuits first hearing was held last month in a U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia where, for two hours, lawyers for both sides battled it out over whether or not individual lawmakers had the right to sue the ...