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Commencement Speech to Class 2024 of the Ateneo de Naga University

Note: On June 27, 2024, Dr Anna Marie Karaos, former Executive Director of ICSI and now Program Consultant, was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa) during the 2024 Commencement Exercises of the Ateneo de Naga University. Below is her full commencement speech. (Photo taken from the…

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IQF: Is the Constitution the roadblock?

Proponents of Charter change (or Cha-cha) blame the Constitution for the Philippines’ being a development laggard. They say that it failed to bring about the change expected after the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986. The Constitution, they also claim, has become an obstacle to the development of our education,…

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From the Archives: The Light of the Gospel on Public Issues

Written as part of a collection commemorating the tenth anniversary of the EDSA event, this lengthy article reviews the interaction of the church with the Philippine state during that period, against the background both of the church’s own self-understanding and of the Philippine Constitution of 1987. It notes the efforts…

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IQF: #YouthChallenge: Participate and Change the Face of Politics

The voice of the youth is vital in governance and socio-political discourses, not only because the future belongs to them, but also because they are key partners in building our nation. As Pope Francis said, “Dear young people, you are not the future but the now…” This statement recognizes the…

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IQF: Shifting gears in urban transport toward climate resilience

The transport sector is the third largest contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Philippines according to the Climate Change Commission (De Vera-Ruiz 2020). It also accounts for almost a third, or 26%, of energy-related CO₂ emissions (Climate Transparency 2020). Of this sector, road-based transportation dominates the share of…

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Remembering Kian, Carl, and Kulot: Search for justice and accountability continues

The recent court ruling on the death of 19-year-old Carl Angelo Arnaiz and 14-year-old Reynaldo “Kulot” de Guzman shows that the call for justice for victims of the so-called “war on drugs” is far from over. This is only the second conviction in the illegal drugs campaign of the Duterte…

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