“It is about time that this issue is put to a serious national debate.”
These were the words that former Senator and now Muntinlupa Representative Rodolfo Biazon signed on Joint Resolution No. 10 in 2008. This resolution sought to adopt federalism as the new form of government, through charter change. The idea ultimately went to naught, but eight years on, new life is being breathed into the idea of changing the government from a unitary form to a federal one.
A group photo of the candidates: (From left) Jejomar Binay, Miriam Defensor Santiago, Rodrigo Duterte, Grace Poe and Mar Roxas. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBNNews.com.
Last Sunday’s presidential debate was the last in a roster of COMELEC-sanctioned face-offs among those vying for the two top positions in the land. While it attracted some criticism for lacking zing, it was laudable for allowing a better and more humanized discussion of the issues that ordinary Filipinos face every day.
Presidential Debate in UP Cebu
Urban growth and environment experts called on voters to evaluate the development and ecological agendas of candidates as they choose who to vote in the Philippine national elections on May 9.
The country needs leaders who are sensitive to the need for better urban growth management and sustainable practices in the face of climate change, the experts said at the public forum called Sayran, Barugan! on 20 March 2016.
The nation is abuzz over last Sunday’s second PiliPinas 2016 Debate in which four presidential candidates’ highly charged personal attacks disappointed expectations of a meaningful and enlightening discussion of issues and platforms.
Some candidates thought they did the hosting network and the audience a favor with their cringe-worthy verbal brawl, but the more thoughtful viewers waited for what the candidates have to say about their issues and ended up frustrated.
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Children’s Rights Implementation under the Aquino Administration
The Philippines is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. As a State Party, the Philippines is subject to review by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and feedback on its progress in ensuring that the rights of Filipino children are being met. The Council on the Welfare of Children (CWC) is the mandated institutional mechanism of the Philippine government responsible for the coordination, implementation and monitoring of the State party‘s international and national commitments or obligations to its Children.