Federalism Cha-cha weakens nationalist provisions–IBON

Features Philippines Aug 24, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Econ-Sovereignty-848x478-IBONResearch group IBON criticized the weakening of nationalist provisions of the 1987 Philippine Constitution in the proposed federalism charter of pro-administration solons. The group said that the insertion of the phrase “unless otherwise provided by law” in portions restricting foreign participation in essential sectors threatens prospects for the Philippine economy to develop independently.

Introduced by Representatives Aurelio Gonzales, Jr. and Eugene De Vera, Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) No. 08 proposes the transformation of the legislative branch into a constituent assembly towards the adoption of a federal form of government. Moreover, it inserts variations of the phrase “unless otherwise provided by law” to sections stipulating majority to full Filipino ownership of agricultural lands, enterprises, public utilities, educational and advertising institutions.

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