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COMMENTARY: The Foundational Framework of Federalism

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/11 September) &'8212; Many federalism advocates were expecting President Rodrigo Duterte to push even harder for federalism in his second State of the Nation Address. But the President could only say that this matter is something “we have to tackle sooner or later.” That time has come given that the members of his [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsSep 11th, 2017

COMMENTARY: The Foundational Framework of Federalism

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/11 September) &'8212; Many federalism advocates were expecting President Rodrigo Duterte to push even harder for federalism in his second State of the Nation Address. But the President could only say that this matter is something “we have to tackle sooner or later.” That time has come given that the members of his [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 11th, 2017

COMMENTARY: We can continue electing our officials without antagonizing the process of shifting to federalism

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 07 January) — Experience will tell us that the practice of unitary form of government or the centralization of power does not necessarily work towards self-improvement of each region in the country. Political pundits and legal experts argue that RA 7160 already provides mechanism for Local Government Units to exercise authority […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

BBL, papasa ba sa Kongreso?

MAGUINDANAO – Muling nabuhayan ng loob ang rebeldeng Moro Islamic Liberation Front o MILF matapos ang puspusang pangangampanya ng pamahalaang Duterte na maipasa sa Kongreso ang Bangsamoro Basic Law o BBL.   Matatandaang ibinasura ng Kongreso sa nakaraang administrasyon ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino ang BBL dahil sa mga probisyon nitong labag sa Konstitusyon at ang pagpigil ng ilang mga mambabatas na maipasa ito sa kadahilanang hindi katanggap-tanggap ang mga nakasaad doon.   Sinabi noon ni MILF chieftain Murad Ebrahim na nakahanda silang maghintay sa susunod na administrasyon kung sakaling mabalam ang BBL. Ngunit nilinaw nito na hindi nila tatanggapin ang anumang bersyon ng BBL maliban lamang kung ito ay naaayon sa Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro at Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro na nilagdaan ng pamahalaang Aquino sa rebeldeng grupo.   Nakasalalay ngayon ang buhay ng BBL sa 17th Congress, ngunit halos wala naman nabago sa mga lumang probisyon ng naturang draft law at mas pinalawig pa ito.   Naantala ng husto ang deliberasyon ng BBL sa 16th Congress dahil sa naganap na pagpatay ng mga rebeldeng MILF sa 44 mga miyembro ng Special Action Force o SAF sa bayan ng Mamasapano sa Maguindanao, isa sa limang lalawigan ng Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, noong Enero 2015.   Nasa isang misyon ang SAF na kung saan ay napatay ng mga commandos ang Malaysian bomber na si Marwan na kinakanlong diumano ng MILF – nang sila ay kuyugin ng mga rebelde sa tulong na rin ng Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.   Dahil sa Mamasapano clash ay maraming grupo at pulitiko ang nanawagan na magbitiw si Aquino at presidential peace adviser Teresita Deles dahil sa kanilang kabiguan na pigilan ang sagupaan at pagpatay sa SAF commandos. Pangamba ngayon ng MILF na kung mabasurang muli ang BBL ay posibleng bumalik sa rebelyon ang mga miyembro nito.   Naunang sinabi ng mga anti-BBL lawmakers na ibabasura nila ang tinatawag an “opt-in” provision na nakapaloob sa BBL na maaaring magamit upang palawigin ang teritoryo ng Bangsamoro na tinututulan ng mga Kristiyanong pulitiko. Maraming mga amendments ang nais gawin ng mga mambabatas sa BBL upang masigurado umanong hindi lalabag sa Konstitusyon ang mga probisyon sa nasabing draft law.   Lumagda ng peace accord ang MILF at pamahalaan noon 2014, ngunit dahil sa naganap na labanan sa Mamasapno ay nabinbin ito at hindi naipasa sa termino ni Aquino, subali’t ipinangako naman ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na gagawin nito ang lahat upang maipasa ang BBL.   Ngunit isinusulong rin ni Duterte ang federalism sa bansa na inaayawan naman ng MILF dahil dapat umanong maisakatuparan muna ang BBL at mapalawig ang Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao bago ang federalism.   Naisumite na ng Bangasamoro Transition Commission ang BBL draft kay Duterte nitong Hulyo lamang. Tutol naman ang Moro National Liberation Front sa BBL ng kalabang MILF.   “The purpose of this Basic Law is to establish a political entity, provide for its basic structure of government in recognition of the justness and legitimacy of the cause of the Bangsamoro people and their aspiration to chart their political future through a democratic process that will secure their identity and posterity and allow for meaningful self-governance,” nakasaad sa BBL draft.   Sa naturang BBLL draft, ang mga sumusunod ay mapapasama sa bagong political entity – ang mga bayan ng Baloi, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Tagoloan at Tangkal sa Lanao del Norte at lahat ng barangay sa Kabacan, Carmen, Aleosan, Pigkawayan, Pikit, at Midsayap na bumuto sa plebisito noon 2001. At ang lungsod ng Cotabato at Isabela, gayun ang mga contiguous areas na kung saan ay maaaring mag petisyon ang 10% ng mga residente doon upang mapasama sa Bangsamoro territory Dalawang buwan bago ang ratipikasyon ng BBL.   Nakasaad rin sa BBL draft ang mga sumusunod sa ilalim ng General Principles and Policies &'' In the exercise of its right to self-determination and self-governance, the Bangsamoro is free to pursue its political, economic, social, and cultural development; the Bangsamoro Government shall be parliamentary. Its political system is democratic, allowing its people to freely participate in the political processes within its territory; the Bangsamoro Government, consistent and suitable to its parliamentary form of government, shall adopt an electoral system which shall allow democratic participation, encourage formation of genuinely principled political parties, and ensure accountability.   At dagdag pa dito ang mga sumusunod: Governance in the Bangsamoro is the responsibility of the duly elected civilian government. Civilian authority is, at all times, supreme over the military. The Bangsamoro Government shall promote unity, peace, justice, and goodwill among all peoples, as well as encourage a just and peaceful settlement of disputes. The Bangsamoro abides by the principle that the country renounces war as an instrument of national policy, adopts the generally accepted principles of international law as part of the law of the land, and adheres to the policy of peace, equality, justice, freedom, cooperation, and amity with all nations.   The Bangsamoro shall adhere to the principle of enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. The Bangsamoro shall establish a government that ensures that every citizen in the Bangsamoro is provided the basic necessities and equal opportunities in life. Social Justice shall be promoted in all phases of development and facets of life within the Bangsamoro. The Bangsamoro Government shall respect and adhere to all international treaties and agreements which benefited the Bangsamoro Government, bukod sa iba pang mga probisyon na inaayawan ng [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (9): Islamic Framework for Development

Ninth of 10 parts 28 May 2017 In undertaking any development interventions in the areas impacted by the Abu Sayyaf and its affiliated groups, the writer suggests that consideration be given to formulating these interventions within a faith-based framework.  Given the nature of the Islamic faith and the manner in which it permeates all aspects [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMay 28th, 2017

Opinion: Blueboard -- Anne Lan K. Candelaria, Ph.D.: "On Federalism and multilevel politics"

Federalism has gained unprecedented traction as soon as President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office middle of last year. As a result, policy makers, think tanks as well as the academic community has engaged in a series of dialogues and debates on the operationalization of such form of government, or how best to proceed. However, there are only few discussions on the substantive aspects of federalism. This commentary attempts to discuss the tacit issues that surround this debate......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2017

COMMENTARY: Another lesson from the BBL

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 1 Feb) – In designing the governance structure of the constituent state in the federal framework, the Duterte-organized Constitutional Commission (Con-Com) can draw inspiration once again from the Bangsamoro Basic Law. They can also consider the parliamentary structure. The current local governance model established by the Local Government Code (LGC) follows [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2017

COMMENTARY: On Federalism

(Delivered at the Galing Pook Forum on 11 November 2016 by former Comelec chair Christian Monsod, a member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission that drafted the 1987 Constitution). Since it was approved by a majority vote of 76% in a national plebiscite .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 14th, 2016

Federalism enhances government

The principal goals of a democratic constitution are to advance individual liberty and to provide an effective governance framework......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2016

COMMENTARY: Federalism, diversity and national integration

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/28 October) &'8212; When Spanish forces landed here eons ago they had initially observed that the indigenous people of these islands were of one ethnic stock. Later on however, they would realize that despite the apparent h.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 28th, 2016

COMMENTARY: What “Imperial Manila” really means

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/19 August) &'8212; Federalism is the mighty weapon that will destroy Imperial Manila! Federalists actually treat this rallying call as self-evident. No wonder then that they never bother to provide the specifics of this .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 19th, 2016

How do we change from unitary to federal?

Part 2 of 3 The first part of this three-column series discussed the four preconditions to a less painful, sustainable and successful shift to federalism. As I have previously said, revising the 1987 Constitution needs a FRAMEWORK, a step-by step process,.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 17th, 2016

COMMENTARY: Before Con-Ass, Con-Con or Con-Com, Con-Ed first

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/05 August) &'8212; President Rodrigo Duterte won on a platform that included giving the federalization of the Philippines very serious consideration. Thus it is particularly curious that federalism only had a small mention .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 5th, 2016

Nancy: Implement Local Gov t Code first before Federalism

January 19, 2018. Senator Nancy Binay said lawmakers should first look at how to properly implement the Local Government Code before considering amending the constitution and shifting to a federal form of government. In an interview in Cebu, Binay said issues like decentralization and strengthening local autonomy… Source link link: Nancy: Implement Local Gov't Code first before Federalism.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News9 hr. 40 min. ago

News outlets play vital role in uncovering people’s interests on Cha-cha–solon

        A progressive lawmaker on Saturday called on the media to keep informing the public about the ins and outs of federalism that will eventually "develop a critical mass" and uncover the vested interests of some people pushing for Charter change (Cha-cha).   Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate said it is important for the people become more critical especially that self-interests of some politicians have become more known as they push for Cha-cha through constituent assembly (Con-ass).   "We really have to create a critical mass, especially now. Talagang totoo naman may trust problem sa mga nagpapanukala ng Con-ass," Zarate said du...Keep on reading: News outlets play vital role in uncovering people’s interests on Cha-cha–solon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News13 hr. 27 min. ago

Speaker Alvarez: Federalism opponents get zero budget

MANILA, Philippines — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez threatened the provinces of politicians who would not support administration efforts to shift to a fede.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News20 hr. 53 min. ago

Lawmakers against Federalism warned

SPEAKER Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez has warned that lawmakers who are against federalism would suffer zero budget, pointing out that their allies would be given priority in the distribution of government resources. This was stressed by Alvarez in welcoming Thursday the majority of Iloilo officials who joined the Partido ng Demokratikong….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Alvarez’ call to voters to boycott anti-federalism senators draws mixed reaction

SENATORS reacted to the call of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez not to vote for senators who are against federalism. Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said: “Ok lang. Negative campaigning is not disallowed. I’m not worried about issues like that.” Sotto added that he is “still studying” the proposed shift….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Framers of 1987 Constitution: Charter change, federalism not the answer

MANILA, Philippines – The framers of the current 1987 Constitution said that charter change and federalism are not the solution to the country's current problems. They also emphasized the need to address issues in the process to amend the Constitution. In a letter signed by 11 members of the Commission that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Tight security for Ati-Atihan 2018

OVER 1,400 police, fire and medical officers will be fielded to help secure the annual Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan this month, Police Regional Office 6 director Chief Supt. Cesar Hawthorne Binag said yesterday. The official said they will apply the Major Event Security Framework to keep peace and order….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Alvarez threatens zero budget for provinces of anti-federalism lawmakers

MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is sticking to his belief that failure to align with the ruling party’s decisions should – and will – lead to the depletion of budgets. Alvarez on Thursday, January 18, threatened to give “zero budget” to the provinces of leaders and politicians who refuse ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018