Ambassador Jaime Bautista

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THE Philippine Ambassadors’ Foundation Inc. (PAFI) will hold its Annual General Meeting to review its activities in 2014 and to elect its Board of Governors for 2015-2017. PAFI members include Philippine Ambassadors and Foreign Service Officers with the rank of Chief of Mission. The AGM will be held at the…

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FIRST.  As a member of the Philippine Ambassadors’ Foundation Inc. (PAFI), I value the peace process and its ultimate objectives of achieving lasting peace and sustainable development in Mindanao.  These are ideals which the UNESCO culture of peace has sought to ingrain in the national psyche. Unfortunately, the massacre of…

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The Philippine Ambassadors’ Association Inc. (PAFI) has been consistent in supporting the peace process in Mindanao within the framework of the Philippine Constitution. Accordingly, the peace process should respect the parameters provided by the fundamental law of the land. I also share the view that the peace process should involve…

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The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (IP), August 9, was celebrated at the University of Asia and the Pacific with a roundtable discussion on “Empowering our Tribal Communities and Indigenous People in the Philippines.” I represented the Philippine Ambassadors’ Foundation at this forum. The Ateneo de Manila Law…

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[The author’s original title for this piece is “Hasty submission requiring constitutional amendments can only delay passage of a Bangsamoro basic law”] When President Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle of Chile was asked at an academic economic forum in Moscow a decade ago why South America lagged behind other regions of the…

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Part 2 The subsequent decision of Ukraine’s Rada to modify Ukraine’s Language Law and remove Russian as an official language gave Russia and Ukraine’s Russian­ speaking population cause for alarm. The Russian Foreign Ministry subsequently claimed that the Eastern regions of Ukraine were now ruled by lawlessness as a result…

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Part I The present crisis in Ukraine centers on the legality of the referendum on March 16, 2014 called by Crimea’s Parliament to decide whether its voters wish to join the Russian Federation or remain in Ukraine with broader powers. This issue has important implications for the Philippines and other…