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The two chambers of the Congress of the Republic of the Philippines have spoken. They support the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao. The Senate and the House of Representatives also took the stand that no joint session of Congress is necessary to discuss and consider President Duterte’s declaration, including the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

For many Filipinos, especially those who experienced martial law during the incumbency of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, it is not good.

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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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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.

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