MANILA - Two Muslim lawyers and a Moro civilian leader have asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the petition filed by the Province of Sulu questioning the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). Claiming a right to intervene in the petition as registered voters and concerned citizens, lawyers Algamar Latiph and Musa Malayang, and civilian Moro leader Pendatun Disimban, recently filed their comment-in-intervention before the high court to show their support for the BOL. The Province of Sulu, represented by Governor Abdusakur Tan II filed a petition in October 2018 claiming that the BOL violated several provisions of the 1987 Constitution. Sulu asks SC to void Bangsamoro Organic Law, stop plebiscite Tan said the Constitution only allows 1 autonomous region in Muslim Mindanao, and that the parliamentary form of government under the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) violates the separation of powers under the … [Read more...] about News Second intervention in support of BOL filed with SC
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He has fallen a long way since evolving from an independence fighter into Aceh’s first democratically elected two-term governor, but Irwandi Yusuf’s shock indictment on corruption charges throws light on the ugly political underbelly of a province that once earned sympathy around the world. The latest in a growing line of Indonesian public officials accused of official malfeasance, Irwandi appeared before the Jakarta Corruption Court in late November on three offenses allegedly committed during his first term as governor in 2007-2012 and following his re-election in early 2017. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The 58-year-old politician is charged with two counts of unlawfully accepting unsolicited gratuities worth 40.7 billion rupiah (US$2.8 million) and also with taking 1.05 billion ($72,400) in bribes for allocating infrastructure projects to favored companies in the central regency of Bener Meriah. There is no evidence to support … [Read more...] about Rise and fall of a political rebel in Indonesia
Could an emergent North Korea provide the world with a new, from-scratch benchmark of sustainable, collaborative economic and social development? With geopolitical change and emerging technologies, the idea of a national “commons” now looks increasingly feasible. Relations between North and South Korea are changing so rapidly, the pressing question is no longer what the next step in this process of reconciliation will be, but rather where the peninsula is heading in the political, economic and cultural senses. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox A door is opening for the institutional transformation of the “Hermit Kingdom” with new concepts and technologies. The implementation of new approaches to government and the building of new infrastructure could make North Korea an inspiring experiment that other nations can model. However, amid promising developments on the Korean Peninsula, media report that multinationals are … [Read more...] about North Korea and ‘The Commons’: Blank slate for a new kind of nation?
NEW DELHI: India's ruling party withdrew Tuesday from an alliance government in the disputed Kashmir region in what analysts described as an attempt to appear tough on militancy before a general election. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said it was pulling out of the governing coalition in Jammu and Kashmir state because of worsening "terrorism and violence". The Hindu nationalist party had ruled in the restive state since March 2015 when it struck an unlikely alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a local political outfit which has advocated more autonomy for Kashmir. "It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir," senior BJP leader Ram Madhav told reporters in New Delhi, referring to India's only Muslim-majority state. "Today there is an increase in terrorism and violence, radicalisation is spreading fast." Madhav said the state government had failed to curb radicalisation or guarantee civilian rights in the volatile … [Read more...] about Modi’s party pulls out of governing alliance in Indian Kashmir
TORSHAVN, Denmark: Enough is enough: for the Faroese sailor Birgir Enni, having spent more than half a millennium under Danish rule means it's about time for the North Atlantic autonomous archipelago to break away."We've been occupied by Denmark for 600 years! That is enough and we need to change that soon," the white-haired captain tells AFP on his wooden sailing ship.Located more than 1,100km northwest of powerhouse Copenhagen, the Faroe Islands have since 1948 had their own white, blue and red flag with an offset cross, their own language originating from the Viking's Old Norse and institutions and culture.With its breathtakingly green and high mountains covered by fog and inhabited by more sheep than people, the island territory is weighing the idea of pushing its autonomy to full independence."We are not Danes, we will never be Danes, we can't be Danes, we are Faroese and that's it ... we have to stand up for it and fight for it," says Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Poul … [Read more...] about Goodbye Denmark? Faroese weigh pulling free of Danish grip