Video: SSP@30 Lectures and Forums Series – State of Science Policy in the Philippines

The video recording of the Science and Society Program Lecture and Forum Series on the State of Science Policy in the Philippines. Speakers include Dr. Mahar Lagmay, Dr William Padoline, Atty Spocky Farolan. The forum was moderated by Prof Bot Jocano.

College of Science, UP Diliman
Science and Society Program
Roundtable Discussion on Effective Science Advice for Government
at the College of Science Auditorium

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Group 13: Still outstanding



The following groups as of present need not go to the office.

Thumb drives recovered and completed
Group 4
Group 9
Group 10
Group 14
Group 17
Group 18

Thumb drives recovered and completed

Group 8


Greetings Fellow Sentients of STS THX and WFX 2nd Semester 2017 -2018. I have nearly completed checking and calculating your groups. Please note though the requirements not yet accomplished and requires your attention. I will be in the SSP Office tomorrow from 11:00 to 2:00 PM.

Status of Group Project and Requirements for STS THX and WFX


Group 4 No project and Eval
Group No 8 No Evaluation
Group Np 9 No project
Group 10 No Project
Group 14 No Presentation
Group 15 No wiki article
Group 17 No Project
Group 18 No Project
Group 19 No Project
Group 20 No Project

Group 8 I need another copy of your group project
Group 11 No Evaluation
Group 12 No Project
Group 13 No Project

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The Quo Warranto Narrattives

The SC in a decision 8 to 6 has decided that the Quo Warranto is a legal way to disqualify a sitting SC Chief Justice. It was an interesting division of the SC in three issues: (i) Whether or not to grant the Quo Warranto petition — 8 to 6; (ii) Whether or not the Quo Warranto is the proper remedy — 9 to 5; And (iii) Whether or not respondent violated the Constitution for failure to file SALN — 9 to 0 because the other justices did not express an opinion. The consequent public discourse to a certain extent mirrors the different opinion of the divided SC. Nevertheless as in all cases it came down to the vote.

There are two narrative streams that sprung forth from the decision. Compared to the different opinions SC Justices they tend to be more stronger and the debates that results end uo preaching to their respective choirs (or echo chambers) and when the discussion becomes divergent a form of bullying and shaming happens. There are of course pearls to be found existing within the pig sty of ad hominem , straw men, propaganda and spin but you have to look for them, be critical and to a point stoic.

In this issue there are questions that will guide one through the propaganda and spin:

One. Is the failure of a public official to file the required legal documents a basis for disqualifying them from their post?

Two. Is the Quo Warranto a valid and legal means to disqualify a President, Vice President, Chief Justice and other public officials?

Three. Who will decide if this is legal and follows the Philippine Constitution of 1987 Constitution?

Four. If the decision has been reached on questions above (1 to 3) by the body tasked by the 1987 Constitution and if you do not agree to it what can you do?

Five. If you follow what is written in the 1987 Constitution is it then illegal or un-constitutional?

Under the 1987 Constitution what is the purpose and function of the Supreme Court?

Under Article VIII, §1, the judicial power shall be vested in one Supreme Court and in such lower courts as may be provided by law. This power includes the duty to settle actual controversies involving rights that are legally demandable and enforceable and to determine if any branch or instrumentality of government has acted with grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack of excess of jurisdiction.

The Supreme Court has both original and appellate jurisdiction. It exercises original jurisdiction (cases are directly filed with the SC in the first instance without passing through any of the lower courts) over cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and over petitions for certiorari, prohibition, mandamus, quo warranto, and habeas corpus. (Art. VIII, §5(1)). It also has original jurisdiction over writs of amparo, habeas data and the environmental writ of kalikasan. It exercises appellate jurisdiction to review, revise, reverse, modify, or affirm final judgments, and orders of the lower courts in:

(a) All cases in which the constitutionality or validity of any treaty, international or executive agreement, law, presidential decree, proclamation, order, instruction, ordinance, or regulation is in question.
(b) All cases involving the legality of any tax, impost, assessment, or toll, or any penalty imposed in relation thereto.
(c) All cases in which the jurisdiction of any lower court is in issue.
(d) All criminal cases in which the penalty imposed is reclusion perpetua or higher.
(e) All cases in which only an error or question of law is involved. (Art. VIII, §5(1), (2))
The Supreme Court has administrative supervision over all courts and court personnel. (Article VIII, §6) It exercises this power through the Office of the Court Administrator.


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