Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Regional Autonomy and Federalism: Concepts and Issues for the Bangsamoro Government

by Sukarno D. Tanggol


"The publication of this book written by Professor Sukarno Tanggol is very timely in view of the renewed public interest in the possible resolution of the Mindanao conflict and the ongoing peace negotiations between the Philippines Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The postponement of the regional elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has given rise to a new level of public discourse on the kind of political arrangement that would address the clamor of the Bangsamoro people for self-determination without sacrificing the territorial integrity of the country." - Alex B. Brilliantes, Ph.D [Professor; National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines.]

"Dr. Sukarno Tanggol's book is very timely. The prospects of a peace settlement between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are much better compared to the past, and we have accumulated more than enough experiences and lessons since the Local Government Code was passed and implemented in 1991. His concerns as an academic and a Mindanawon are reflected in this well-laid argument favoring federalism as an option to the current state. Let the conversation over alternatives continue with all of us having this book on our side. - Patricio N. Abinales, Ph.D [Professor; Center for Philippine Studies, University of Hawaii-Manoa]