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Dynasty ban coming to life after 31 years

THE State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.” – Section 26, Article II, Declaration of Principles and State Policies, Philippine Constitution.

WE have long presumed that the only way a sitting President, Vice President, member of the Supreme Court, member of a Constitutional Commission, or Ombudsman may be removed from office is by impeachment. This is provided in Article XI, “Accountability of Public Officers,” of the Constitution.

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Cory Aquino had no prior dispensation from the Filipino people that once elected president, she could summarily transgress her sworn oath to defend and protect the 1973 Charter and author a mock replacement;

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Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson yesterday formally asked the Senate, with the approval of three-fourths of its members, to compose itself into a Constituent Assembly to propose amendments to the 1987 Constitution.

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Duterte firm on Charter change

President Duterte remains firm on his intention to amend the 1987 Philippine Constitution to attain peace in Mindanao.

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Congress leaders yesterday agreed to temporarily shelve Charter change proposals to concentrate on the passage of the first national budget under a Duterte presidency and avoid re-enactment.

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