19 October 2016

Paliwanag ng mga Boto nina Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka Bag-ao at Batanes Rep. Dina Abad laban sa Con-Ass

19 October 2016 - House Committee on Constitutional Amendments Hearing

DINAGAT ISLANDS REP. KAKA BAG-AO: Con-Con as a Democratic and Pro-People Approach for Constitutional Reform

This Administration has called for the institutionalization of Federalism as the answer to the age-old problem of wealth distribution especially in the country-side, and the peace and order problem in Mindanao. Such pronouncement has opened the debates on Constitutional reform and the preferred mode of change: Constitutional Convention or Constitutional Assembly.  

However, before the debates on the preferred mode of constitutional change, the Committee should determine first if there is indeed a necessity to change the present Constitution. Unfortunately, there has been no sufficient discussion on the matter. If the Committee, after deliberation, affirms the necessity for such a change, then we can proceed to the next step—the mode of constitutional change.
I am a Mindanaoan, an advocate of federalism and shift to parliamentary form of government. These advocacies, I believe, will address the fundamental and structural weaknesses of our political system that has resulted in the skewed development of our country. I know that constitutional change is an imperative for both of these advocacies. 

17 October 2016

Sponsorship Speech for the First Committee Hearing on the Anti-Discrimination Bill

17 October 2016 - Committee on Women and Gender Equality hearing on House Bill No. 51 (Anti-Discrimination Bill), which was the first measure that Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka Bag-ao filed in the 17th Congress. 

Good afternoon, Madam Chair, fellow legislators, and guests.

Ako po si Kaka Bag-ao. Sa araw ng pagbubukas ng 15th Congress sa aking unang termino noong 2010, inihain ko ang Anti-Discrimination Bill. Matagal na itong ipinapanukala, noong panahon pa nina Akbayan Representative Etta Rosales, labing-pitong taon na ang nakararaan. Napakatagal na panahon na. Sa pagitan noong panahon na iyon at ngayon, patuloy ang diskriminasyon laban sa mga ating mga kapwa Pilipino at mamamayan, na nagkataon lamang ay iba sa inyo—ang mga Pilipinong lesbian, gay, bisexual, at transgender o LGBT. 

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