About Antonio G. M. La Viña

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic (4)

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic (4)

A different kind of constitutional convention CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/12 August) -- This is the fourth and final installment of my series on constitutional change. In the preceding article, I e ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic (3)

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic (3)

Options for federalism Federalism requires a fundamental reallocation of powers and functions. In the end, we must design it according to the evidence available on what will work best for our common i ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic (2)

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic (2)

Constitutonal change options CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – Now that President Duterte has clearly expressed his preference for a constitutional convention (ConCon) as a mode of changing th ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic

1st of four parts CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 08 July) -- Of the centerpiece advocacies that President Duterte consistently articulated during the campaign, other than eradicating illegal drugs a ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Mindanao Specter over APEC Summit

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Mindanao Specter over APEC Summit

  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews /19 Sept) -- The Philippines will have a good moment in the sun in November when we host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit. Its an oppo ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Better but still lacking – IP rights in BBL

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Better but still lacking – IP rights in BBL

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 May) -- One important legal, political and moral test the Bangsamoro Basic Law must pass is how it addresses the rights of Indigenous Peoples. For many, and that incl ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Man of the hour

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Man of the hour

  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) -- In MindaNews, there is a nice, poignant picture of my friend and cousin Rufus Rodriguez, congressional representative of my home city Cagayan de Oro, d ...

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COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS: Island, Country, Planet: Shining The Light Of The Lord In The Peripheries

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS: Island, Country, Planet: Shining The Light Of The Lord In The Peripheries

(Commencement Speech delivered by Ateneo de Manila School of Government Dean Antonio G. M. La Viña, at the Father Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City on 26 March 2014) Let me begin by saying how ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Future of BBL (6): The Plebiscite for enacting the BBL

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Future of BBL (6): The Plebiscite for enacting the BBL

Last of a six-part series *This six part series is based on an article I wrote with Atty. Janice Lee entitled “The Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law: Overcoming Constitutional Challenges” which Ateneo de Dav ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Future of the BBL (5): Strengthening the BBL provisions on indigenous peoples   

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Future of the BBL (5): Strengthening the BBL provisions on indigenous peoples  

5th of a six-part series *This six part series is based on an article I wrote with Atty. Janice Lee entitled “The Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law: Overcoming Constitutional Challenges” which Ateneo de Dava ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Future of the BBL (4): Bangsamoro Territory and Bangsamoro Waters

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Future of the BBL (4): Bangsamoro Territory and Bangsamoro Waters

4th of a six-part series *This six part series is based on an article I wrote with Atty. Janice Lee entitled “The Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law: Overcoming Constitutional Challenges” which Ateneo de Dava ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Future of the BBL (3):  Sharing of Powers under the BBL

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Future of the BBL (3): Sharing of Powers under the BBL

3rd of a six-part series (*This six part series is based on an article I wrote with Atty. Janice Lee entitled “The Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law: Overcoming Constitutional Challenges” which Ateneo de Dav ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Future of the BBL (2): Bangsamoro not a Sub-State

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Future of the BBL (2): Bangsamoro not a Sub-State

2nd of a six-part series (*This six part series is based on an article I wrote with Atty. Janice Lee entitled “The Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law: Overcoming Constitutional Challenges” which Ateneo de Dav ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: The Future of the BBL (1) : Addressing Legal Issues

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: The Future of the BBL (1) : Addressing Legal Issues

1st of a six-part series CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MIndaNews/10 March) -- This six part series is based on an article I wrote with Atty. Janice Lee entitled “The Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law: Overcoming Cons ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: For future Mindanao Doctors and Lawyers: Challenge, Mission, Promise

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: For future Mindanao Doctors and Lawyers: Challenge, Mission, Promise

(Commencement Speech by Ateneo de Manila University’s School of Government Dean Antonio G. M. La Viña, JSD,  at the School of Medicine and College of Law, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan Cagayan ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: The Revenue Generation and Wealth Sharing Annex: Constitutional Issues

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: The Revenue Generation and Wealth Sharing Annex: Constitutional Issues

 QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/21 July) -- After initial setbacks, the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have finally agreed on the arrangement on Revenue Gener ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: The Sabah Dilemma

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: The Sabah Dilemma

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/01 March) -- The Sabah question has been dormant for almost half a century. The last time it came into the spotlight was in 1968 when the Philippine government initiated destabi ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: What’s next for the Peace Process?

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: What’s next for the Peace Process?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/17 October) -- After the signing of the Framework Agreement, the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will sit down again for more talks, thi ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Bangsamoro not BJE

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Bangsamoro not BJE

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/9 October) – The Framework Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) once again disinters the spect ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Bangsamoro not BJE

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Bangsamoro not BJE

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/09 October) -- The Framework Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) once again disinters the spe ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Peace Lessons from Aceh (3)

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Peace Lessons from Aceh (3)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/23 Sept) -- This third of a series of articles anticipating a peace agreement in Mindanao looks at lessons learned from the peace process in Aceh. Subsequent installments will l ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: A Truth Commission for Mindanao

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: A Truth Commission for Mindanao

2nd of a series) QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/16 September) -- I completely and unqualifiedly support that process between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation F ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Lessons from the MOA-AD Fiasco (1)


RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Lessons from the MOA-AD Fiasco (1)


QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/7 Sept) – This is the first of a series of columns that anticipate a peace agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Republic of the P ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Energy Crisis in Mindanao and the Grant of Emergency Powers (4): Estrada and Arroyo

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Energy Crisis in Mindanao and the Grant of Emergency Powers (4): Estrada and Arroyo

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/13 April) --  This is the last and final part of the four-part series presenting excerpts of the paper Extraordinary Measures: Constitutional Powers in Times of Crisis. It deals ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Energy Crisis in Mindanao and the Grant of Emergency Powers (2): The Cory Experience

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Energy Crisis in Mindanao and the Grant of Emergency Powers (2): The Cory Experience

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/11 April) -- This is the second installment of the four-part series of articles on emergency powers excerpted from the paper: Extraordinary Measures: Constitutional Powers in Ti ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Energy Crisis in Mindanao and the Grant of Emergency Powers (1)

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Energy Crisis in Mindanao and the Grant of Emergency Powers (1)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/10 April) -- The looming energy crisis in Mindanao has sparked a debate on whether emergency powers should be granted the President in order to address the problem.  While the P ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: A real dialogue on responsible mining

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: A real dialogue on responsible mining

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/05 February) –   The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines came out in the press lambasting the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) for turning away its representatives from the Int ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: War and Peace, Pros and Cons

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: War and Peace, Pros and Cons

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/23 October) -- This is not the first time, and will definitely not be the last - the winds of war hovering once again over the great island of Mindanao. The cries for all-out wa ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Land is the Answer

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Land is the Answer

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/12 Sept) – The peace negotiations between the GPH and the MILF have again reached a critical stage. While gains may have been achieved over the years, such as the periodic forgi ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: “Heaven and Earth is not that far apart”:

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: “Heaven and Earth is not that far apart”:

QUEZON CIY  (MindaNews/29 August) -- In the news last week was what appeared to be the troubled state of the ongoing negotiations between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic L ...

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Fullfilling Mindanao's Promise

Fullfilling Mindanao's Promise

First, let me congratulate the graduates of the Ateneo de Davao University College of Law and Graduate Schools. I know that it was a lot of hard work to get your degrees. I went to law school myself a ...

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