Why the 1987 Constitution has Endured for 32 Years Without Amendment

ASOG WORKING PAPER 19-004

18 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2019

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Michael Henry Yusingco

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Sophiya Navarro

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Date Written: March 12, 2019

Abstract

Initiatives to change a constitution is part and parcel of being a constitutional democracy. Resisting such an initiative, provided it is supported by a rational public consensus-building process, is an integral component of constitutional democracy as well. As a constitutional democracy, the Philippines finds itself perfectly within this constitutional reform context. As such, this paper will analyze the long history of charter change initiatives in the country and attempt to draw out the reasons why the 1987 Philippine Constitution continues to remain immune from reform and amendment. This paper also examines how these reasons will affect the Duterte administration’s efforts to change the constitution that will support a federal form of government.

Keywords: constitutional analysis, constitutional reform, constitutionalism, charter change, federalism

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Yusingco, Michael Henry and Navarro, Sophiya, Why the 1987 Constitution has Endured for 32 Years Without Amendment (March 12, 2019). ASOG WORKING PAPER 19-004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3350888 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3350888

Michael Henry Yusingco (Contact Author)

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Fr. Arrupe Road
Social Development Complex, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Manila 1108
Philippines

Sophiya Navarro

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Fr. Arrupe Road
Social Development Complex, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Manila 1108
Philippines

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