Christian and Muslim religious leaders come together in Rome at the informal peace talks on Mindanao by the Sant’Egidio Community from September 14 to 17, in light of the detrimental issues of extremism and false ideologies that had plagued Marawi City and displaced countless of its innocent people.
BENEDICTO Bacani, executive director of the private group Institute for Autonomy and Governance, looks to the East for solutions to issues in the southern Philippines.
DURING a congressional committee hearing on Constitutional amendments early-October, an acknowledged authority on Constitution reiterated “concerns” over the move to a federal form of government.
PROPONENTS of federalism argue that the country’s highly centralized government resulted to an imbalance in the distribution of resources in areas far from Manila.
Federalism, when crafted right, can effectively address the aspiration for meaningful self-governance of the Bangsamoro with the Philippine state while maintaining and strengthening national unity. In this context, a sub-state for the Bangsamoro is not a step but an antidote to secession.