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A Con-con at the start of the new administration

THERE are three ways by which amendments to the Philippine Constitution may be proposed. One is by Congress, upon a vote of three-fourths of all its members. Another is by a Constitutional Convention (Con-con). The third is by People’s Initiative, whereby a proposal is approved by at least 12 percent of the total number of the country’s registered voters, and by at least 3 percent of the votes in each of the nation’s congressional districts.

Buoyed by the gains of the Mindanao peace process, President Aquino is not giving up the fight for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law in Congress even after his term.

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The shift to federalism of our country’s presidential government system seems now almost certain under the incoming administration. The current realignment of political forces including the coalitions forged and the assumption of the leadership of both chambers of Congress by allies of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte makes this prospect almost certain.

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MANY changes are expected in the incoming Duterte administration. The new president will undoubtedly take immediate action on his campaign promise to stop illegal drugs in the country in three to six months. He will go all-out in implementing the Reproductive Health (RH) Law enacted during the Aquino administration. He will mobilize the military and the police in a campaign to bring about peace and order in Mindanao.

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President Aquino is not taking against some Liberal Party members their decision to switch allegiance to PDP-Laban party, the political organization of his successor Rodrigo Duterte.

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An ally of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte is urging members of Congress to submit to the electorate the question of calling a constitutional convention to propose revision of the 1987 Constitution to establish a federal system of government.

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