Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes (February 1, 2018)

Senate’s public hearing conducted by the Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes on the matter of amending or revising the 1987 Constitution, on 01 February 2018, Thursday, 2:00PM at the Senator Taǹada Room, 2nd Floor , Senate of the Philippines, GSIS Financial Center, Pasay City.   Focused on the following key issues:

1. Is there a need to amend or revise the Constitution? Why or why not?

2. If so, what parts of the Constitution should be amended or revised? Why?

3. Should the amendment or revision be proposed Constitutional Convention or by the Congress itself acting as a constituent assembly? Why?

4. If Congress convenes as a constituent assembly for the purpose of amending or revising the Constitution, should the Senate and the House of the Representatives vote jointly or separately?

5. If Congress pass a resolution limiting the power of the Constituent Assembly or Constitutional Convention, or are their powers plenary?

Forum on Federalism, Autonomy, and Mindanao Peace Process

The Forum on Federalism, Autonomy, and Mindanao Peace Process was convened in order to gather stand and responses from the Bangsamoro diaspora regarding the present call of the government to shift into federalism as form of government. It was well-attended by members of the Bangsamoro diaspora who are also leaders of the media, the academe, The Armed Forces, business, and politics.

The keynote speaker, Former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. stressed on the current situation that most of the powers of the government are concentrated in Metro Manila, or as he called it, imperial Manila, despite having passed the Local Government Code. The fact that only the collections of the BIR are subject to sharing arrangement is a clear reluctance of the central government of Manila to let go of the powers it is hanging on to. With this observation, he suggested in creating 12 federal states—5 in Luzon, 4 in Visayas, and 3 in Mindanao.

2016 Islam and Democracy Forum: Islam Democracy & Leadership, The Bandung Experience in Creating a Smart Collaborative and Happy City

The 2016 Islam and Democracy Forum, a series of lectures organized by the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) and the UP Law Center with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), held its opening lecture at the GT Toyota Center, UP Diliman on August 9.

The keynote speaker, Hon. Mochamad Ridwan Kamil, Mayor of Bandung City, delivered the lecture, “Islam, Democracy, and Leadership: The Bandung Experience in Creating a Smart, Happy City.”

IQ2 Debate: Democracy is Not for Everyone

Speaking for the affirmative at the FODI debate were Ambassador MK Bhadrakumar, a Former Ambassador for India to Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Russia among other countries, Professor Carmen Lawrence, former Premier of Western Australia and Professor Greg Craven, Vice-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University and an expert in public law.

For the negative were Professor John Keane, an Australian born author and academic who is Professor of Politics at the University of Westminster and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy which he founded, Dr Michael Wesley, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy and former Professor of International Relations and Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University and Amina Rasul-Bernardo, Lead Convenor of the Philippine Council on Islam and Democracy (PCID) a former Presidential advisor, and a noted peace and human rights advocate.

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