In keeping with its role as a forum for informative, credible, and healthy discourses, the Teehankee Center for the Rule of Law (TCRL) held the first installment of the Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee (CJCT) Centenary Lecture Series in the Ateneo Law School on August 28, 2018. Gracing the event as the keynote speaker was Retired Associate Justice Antonio Eduardo Nachura, member of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Charter Change Consultative Committee.
In an hour and a half, Retired Justice Nachura supplied the attending guests and law students with an overview of the Proposed Federal Constitution. The changes in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the government, as well as the nuances on the national territory, the bill of rights, and the Constitutional Commissions, were among those introduced and discussed for better understanding. After the discussion, the floor was opened for questions and clarifications. Presently, there is no doubt as to the sensitivity of the people when it comes to the Proposed Federal Constitution. Many have already made a stand as to whether to be for or against it, but it is important to remember that before forming any opinions on the matter, one must be fully informed of what it contains first and foremost.
To be critical is not equivalent to automatically being in the opposition. To be critical requires a careful examination of the subject of scrutiny and a determination of its good and bad points. As the great thinker Immanuel Kant once said, “Sapere aude!” Dare to know. This is why the Center has launched its Lecture Series on the Proposed Federal Constitution – to apprise the people of what they are up against so the opinions they form will not be baseless.
The lecture on August 28 is only the first of the series. The first provided an overview of the salient provisions of the proposed Constitution, but the following ones will focus more on specific topics and areas.