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Kaliwa Dam: Greatest Good for the Greatest Number?

Despite opposition from indigenous communities, environmental groups, and cause-oriented organizations as well as “red flags” raised by the Commission on Audit referring to violations of bidding rules, President Duterte is determined to have the controversial Kaliwa Dam constructed soonest to prevent another water crisis in Metro Manila and surrounding areas.…

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Intervention at Diversion: Ang Puso ng Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act

Ang Republic Act No. 9344 o ang Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 o JJWA, na inamyendahan ng Republic Act No. 10630 noong 2013, ay nagtatakda ng isang hiwalay na sistemang pangkatarungan para sa mga mga batang lumabag sa batas o children in conflict with the law (CICL). Ngunit…

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The Bangsamoro Organic Law: What Change Will It Bring?

The enactment of Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) is seen as a welcome development in the quest for peace and development in the most impoverished parts of the country where prolonged conflict has repeatedly displaced communities and prevented the delivery of essential services to the…

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Checks and Balances in the 1987 Constitution: A Shield Against Tyranny

Some political and legal pundits have credited President Rodrigo Duterte for triggering serious discussion on federalism as a form of government which, it is argued, suits the situation and demands of the Philippines’ diverse society. For the PDP-Laban Federalism Institute, “The unprecedented assumption to power of Duterte and his political…

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What is Good About the 1987 Constitution?

Even before coming to power, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte had been casting federalism as “our last hope” to set right the excesses of a central government controlled by “Imperial Manila,” the inequitable distribution of public resources, the uneven economic development among regions, and the massive poverty that has bred unrest…

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Housing the Poor: The Challenge of Urbanization

INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS are a glaring manifestation of poverty and inequality amid the growth and prosperity brought by urbanization, the spatial concentration of diverse populations and economic activities. Meeting the housing need of informal settlers, who make up a significant proportion of the urban population, has been and remains a daunting…

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Certified As “Urgent”: Pass the NLUA Now

In his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 24 July 2017, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte urged the legislators to immediately pass the National Land Use Act (NLUA) to “ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land and our physical resources, given the competing needs of food security,…

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Is the death penalty the answer?

The restoration of the death penalty is one of the major legislative priorities of the Duterte administration. In this issue of Intersect Quick Facts, we present a timeline of the death penalty in the Philippines, interrogate myths about it, proffer alternative strategies, and cite organizations promoting restorative justice. Click the…

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Children and the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR): Why the MACR Should Not Be Lowered

The Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR) is the lowest age at which children in a given country can be prosecuted in court. In the Philippines, under the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 (JJWA) or Republic Act 9344 as amended by Republic Act 10630, the MACR is set…

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