Framing the Philippine Congress-Bangsamoro Parliamentary (PC-BP) Forum

The bedrock of Bangsamoro autonomy hinges on its right to self-determination including the legislation of measures to address the needs of the region but at the same time preserving the national interest. This balancing of interests is facilitated by the creation of intergovernmental relations (IGR) body as prescribed by the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). However, this new governance structure is yet to take form, lest have a blue print for implementation.
This policy brief provides a discussion on what an IGR legislative forum is and the key functional areas that define its effective intergovernmental relations.
Since the Philippine Congress-Bangsamoro Parliamentary (PC-BP) Forum is required by the BOL to operate under the principle of intergovernmental relations; this brief explores how it can be framed a) within a unitary system of government and b) along existing structural and political dynamics. Specific technical and political considerations are presented in the discussion to help assist the current initiatives for its proper implementation.

Political Parties for the Alienated and Disempowered: Partisan Politics in the Philippines and the question of Political Alienation

In understanding the relationship between citizens and political parties, one must first look at the relationship between citizens and politics in general. The concept of political alienation shows both the necessary separation and the dynamics between ordinary citizens, and the public sphere. Public affairs is an objectification of a citizen’s needs and interests. In other words, an alienated citizen sees the satisfaction of private needs and wants (e.g. security, values, etc.) as something shaped, satisfied, or frustrated by public affairs. To be specific, Filipinos are aware that politics affect their everyday lives.

Review of the Legal and Institutional Framework on the Holding of the 2022 Parliamentary Elections in the BARMM

By virtue of Republic Act No. 11054, or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), the Bangsamoro Government is empowered with expanded autonomy, with new arrangements in the economic and fiscal framework, and more opportunities for development. Unfortunately, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a major setback in the peace process, the transition, and consequently all government efforts have been redirected to addressing this crisis situation. Furthermore, what we are seeing is the emergence of a new scenario in which development plans should be recalibrated in anticipation of a “new normal” setting.