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Mga Pilipino mulat na sa isyu ng pederalismo —ex-CJ Puno

“Segun sa pangangailangan ng bansa, sa pagkakaiba ng mga lengguwahe, kultura at relihiyon sa iba’t ibang rehiyon, angkop sa Pilipinas ang pederalismo bilang porma ng pamamahala.”

Ito ang pahayag ni dating Chief Justice Reynato Puno nang siya ay magsalita sa forum ukol sa “Shift to Federalism: Its Impact on Philippine Politics, Business, and Economy” na inorganisa ng Philippine Christian University Alumni Association Inc. (PCUAAI).

Mabuti na lamang ay “unti-unting nagbubukas ang mga mata natin sa mga ‘advantage’ ng pederalismo,” ani Puno sa wikang Filipino.

Si Puno, na siyang itinalaga ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte bilang tagapangulo ng binuo nitong Consultative Commission on Charter Change, ang pangunahing tagapagsalita sa nasabing forum na ginanap sa loob ng Auditorium ng PCU sa Taft Avenue, Malate, Maynila.

Aniya, hindi na bago ang ideya ng pederalismo sa Pilipinas dahil isinulong na ito ng pambansang bayani na si Gat Jose Rizal bago pa siya ginawang martir ng mga mananakop na Kastila, na napalayas ng mga Amerikano bago pa man naglipat ng ika-20 siglo.

Noon pa man ay nakita na umano ni Rizal na nababagay sa bansa ang pederalismo bilang porma ng pamamahala dahil ito’y isang arkipelago o binubuo ng maraming isla ang Pilipinas kaya’t iba’t iba ang mga lengguwahe at kultura ng mga tao dito. 

Idiniin ni Puno na bagama’t pederalismo ang porma ng gobyerno ng Estados Unidos, hindi ito ang ipinatupad ng huli sa Pilipinas kundi isang estado lamang o “unitary form of government.”

“Bakit? Dahil kung ‘unitary’ ang Pilipinas ay mas madali tayong makokontrol ng Estados Unidos,” paliwanang ng dating Punong Mahistrado.

Aniya, ilang pagkakataon na ang pinalampas ng bansa upang mag-pederalismo. Ito umano ay nangyari nang isulat Konstitusyon noong 1937, nang baguhin ito noong 1973 sa ilalim ng diktadurya ni dating Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos at ang huli ay noong 1987 sa ilalim ng President Corazon Aquino matapos ang EDSA Revolution.

Tahasang idineklara ni Puno na “hindi karapat-dapat” ang kasalukuyang anyo ng pamahalaan.

Sinabi niya na noong huling eleksyon ng pagka-Pangulo, si Duterte lamang ang nagdeklarang pabor siya sa pagbabago ng porma ng pamamahala patungong pederalismo. Dahil “landslide” ang pagkakahalal kay Duterte, posible umanong karamihan na sa Pilipino ang pumapayag sa panukala ng Pangulo na pederalismo.

Ngayon umano ay nasa kamay na ng Kongreso ang “draft” ng panukalang pederalismong isinulat ng consultative body.

Ayon umano sa kanilang isinulat, magiging maayos ang pulitika at ekonomiya ng Pilipinas kung ito’y sakaling papasa sa Kongreso.

Ibinunyag niyang ang isa sa nais nito’y ang mabuwag ang “political dynasty,” na aniya’y “number one problem ng Pilipinas.”

Hindi umano magkakaroon ng maayos at pantay-pantay na distribusyon ng kapangyarihan sa 16 na rehiyon kung hindi masosolusyunan ang problema sa “political dynasty.”

“Kailangan ay may equal access to public offices,” aniya.

Kapag maayos na ang “sharing of power,” aniya, “sisigla ang ekonomiya sa mga rehiyon.”

Minungkahi rin ng komisyon ni Puno na mabuwag ang mga monopolyo at oligopolyo “upang mabago ang kasalukuyang sistema kung saan kakaunti ang mayayaman at napakarami–at patuloy na dumarami–ang mahihirap.”

“Nasaan na ba ang demokrasya ngayon?” tanong niya.

Maliwanag aniya na ang may malaking malaki sa kasalukuyang sistema kaya’t makabubuti sa Pilipinas ang lumipat na sa pederalismo bilang istilo ng pamamahala. —LBG, GMA News

Photo by Fort Nicolas

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A GREAT LEAP FORWARD

Representatives from GreatnessLab Asia by Cypher Learning and the Philippine Christian University (PCU) sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) during a formal ceremony held at the Pan Pacific Manila Hotel in Malate, Manila. Shown in the picture are (from right): Edwin J. Loma of GreatnessLab Asia; his colleague Mrs. Pilarcita Sta. Ana; Dr. Junifen F. Gauuan, President of PCU; Dr. Kathleen Rose L. Guimbatan, Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Dir. Mario G. Miranda II of the Information Technology Department (ITD).

A significant part of the program that was held on February 7, 2019, was the reading of the Statement from the Principal by Ms. Arlynne Awayan, GreatnessLab Asia’s Director of Customer Success and Engagement, Cypher Learning. Not shown in the picture but among the signatories was Mr. Abelardo Sta. Ana.

The historic event was witnessed by the staff members of both Greatness Lab Asia and PCU, including the members of the ITD team. “This MOA will provide PCU with an E-Learning portal that any IT expert knows would leapfrog the University to the promising digital future,” according to Dir. Miranda. (Photo by Nep Cortez)

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Senior High School duo wins University Duet contest

“I look around me and see a sweet life,” the singing tandem of Maria Raquel de Leon and Micah Mendoza intoned, in the process grabbing the first place of the University Duet competition held at the Auditorium of the Philippine Christian University (PCU) Manila campus yesterday, October 2, 2018, the second day of the week-long celebration of the University’s 72nd founding anniversary.

WINNING PERFORMANCE. Maria Raquel de Leon and Micah Mendoza belt out their winning piece, “Flashlight,” in front the appreciative PCU community that trekked to the Auditorium. The tandem won the coveted championship of the University Duet competition to celebrate the Philippine Christian University’s 72nd Founding Anniversary. (Photo by Neptalie Cortez)

 

Senior High School’s De Leon and Mendoza relied on their individual talents to give justice to the Jessie J. hit “Flashlight” to the delight of the overflowing audience, many of them students from the University’s Senior High School.

HEART-FELT. The emotion-filled performance of Jennifer Bornasal and Sheila Padagdagan earned them the second place of the University Duet contest. (Photo by Neptalie Cortez)

The panel of judges composed of University Guidance Counsellor Mrs. Maria Cecile Delfin, University treasurer Raul Cacho and University Music Director Glenn Cantada deemed the duo showed extra-ordinary voice quality, perfect blending and compelling stage presence to rule on their favor.

In the process, the duo got to split the P3,000 grand prize.

Meanwhile, the pair of Jennifer Bornasal and Sheila Padagdagan snatched the second place with their rendition of Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me.” Ms. Jonah Domingo and Ms Angeline Ramirez gained the judges’ nod with their interpretation of Josh Groban’s “You Raised Me Up.”

UPLIFTING PERFORMANCE. The panel of judges was moved by the rendition of Jonah Domingo and Angeline Ramirez and awarded the two with the third place of the University Duet competition. (Photo by Neptali Cortez)

The two pairs received the amounts of P2,000 and P1,000, respectively, as prizes.

The special number of Mr. Jesdale Padua, who sang the popular Gary Valenciano version of “I Will Be Here,” was a hit especially among swooning girls, who screamed at the top of their lungs as they asked for more.

KEEPING IT TOGETHER. Program hosts Angel Alfonso, College of Education Dean Maritess Mercado and Dr. Marlisa Villavisa (not in photo) entertains the audience with their wit and humor as they helped the program of the University Duet contest flow smoothly.

 

Program hosts Angel Alfonso and Dr. Marlisa Villavisa’s infectious enthusiasm kept the crowd in the PCU Auditorium interested during the whole proceeding. FN

 

 

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