Legislative and Constitutional Reforms Under the Duterte Administration

29 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2021

See all articles by Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco, LLM

Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco, LLM

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Ronald U. Mendoza

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Gabrielle Ann S. Mendoza

School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University

Jurel Yap

School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University

Date Written: July 1, 2021

Abstract

This article provides a brief overview of five years of legislative and constitutional reforms under the Duterte administration. President Duterte’s bold campaign promises were backed by wide public support, a supermajority coalition in Congress, and a unified Cabinet. Indeed, empirical evidence points to how the President’s coalition in Congress, upcoming national elections, and the President’s capacity to tag bills as urgent or priority can help fast-track the passage of laws. While this was able to translate to high legislative productivity in the 17th and 18th Congresses, crucial aspects of the President’s legislative agenda still remain pending. Moreover, key reforms that were passed are widely criticized for promoting efficiency over equity and for falling short in addressing key governance issues. Even though the President had the unprecedented institutional means to steer legislation to his agenda, we find that Duterte is no different from his predecessors who prioritize short-term and rewarding laws over meaningful long-term reforms.

Keywords: Legislative Reforms, Philippines, Law, Constitution

Suggested Citation

Yusingco, Michael Henry and Mendoza, Ronald U. and Mendoza, Gabrielle Ann and Yap, Jurel, Legislative and Constitutional Reforms Under the Duterte Administration (July 1, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3883136 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3883136

Michael Henry Yusingco (Contact Author)

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

ASOG – Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Metro Manila 1108
Philippines

Ronald U. Mendoza

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

Katipunan Road
Loyola Heights
Quezon City, 1108
Philippines

Gabrielle Ann Mendoza

School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University ( email )

Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Social Development Complex
Quezon City, 1108
Philippines

Jurel Yap

School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University ( email )

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

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