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Humphrey Voices III: Prospects for the Mindanao Peace Process Post Mamasapano
Friday, 13 March 2015

Humphrey Voices is a series of lecture-discussions that tackles specific issues. This is organized by the Hubert H. Humphrey Alumni Association in the Philippines. The first session of the Humphrey Voices was initiated by the officers of the HHH Alumni Association. This was held last 15th of August 2014, 3PM at the PAEF office. This initiative provided a venue for Mr. Darrel Honorario, one of the three Humphrey Fellows for 2014 – 2015 to make a presentation about the topic that he is presently involved in. Mr. Honorario left for the U.S. last August 17, 2014 for his Humphrey Fellowship at the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The second Humphrey Voices entitled “Environment and Penology: Penalties that Heal the Earth”, was conducted last 17th of October 2014, 3:30PM which also happened at the PAEF Office. Two Humphrey Alumni who did their fellowship at the University of Minnesota were the speakers of the session. Cebu Provincial Prosecutor Jane Petralba presented on the current state of prison facilities in Cebu and she discussed the implications of imprisonment as penalties for petty crimes side by side with other possible modes of penology to address the overly-populated prison facilities in the country. On the other hand, she also discussed the penalties for environmental crimes which seem not to be addressed by the people in position. Muntinlupa RTC Judge Philip Aguinaldo provided a response to the issues as presented by Atty. Petralba.

The latest Humphrey Voices took place last March 12, 2015, 5:30PM also at the PAEF Office. It talked about the issue on Mamasapano which became the talk of the country a couple of months ago. This was entitled “Prospects for the Mindanao Peace Process: Post Mamasapano”. The speakers for the said forum were two Humphrey Fellows. The first presentor was Atty Benedicto Bacani who had his fellowship at the University of Minnesota from 2000 – 2001 while Ms. Putli Suharni Samanodi – Candao who had her fellowship at Rutgers, State University of New Jersey from 2004 – 2005 pointed out her reactions about the alarming topic. The session examined the implications of the tragedy on the GPH-MILF talks, the BBL and the broader peace process.

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