Friday, June 23, 2017

An invitation to a colloquium on the Marawi crisis

Everyone is invited to the Last Thursday Colloquium on the Marawi Crisis, to be held on 29 June 2017 (Thursday), from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, UP Institute of Small-Scale Industries, E. Virata Hall, E. Jacinto Street, University of the Philippines-Diliman. 

The colloquium brings together speakers who will dissect the currently unfolding crisis in Marawi City that has already cost more than 300 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians. The government response to the crisis, including the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, will be dealt with, as well as the prospects of an Islamic State presence in Mindanao.

Atty. Algamar A. Latiph, Executive Director of the Center for Governance and Peace Studies, Professor Julkipli Wadi of the UP Institute of Islamic Studies, and former Cong. Ashley Acedillo of the Magdalo Party will serve as resource persons. Dr. Eduardo C. Tadem of the UP Asian Center and Mr. Arman Disomimba of the UP Institute of Islamic Studies Student Council will also be part of the discussion.

Please click HERE for the event program.


ATTY. ALGAMAR A. LATIPH is a human rights lawyer and a peace advocate. Currently the Exeutive Director of Center for Governance and Peace Studies. He is a former Chairperson of the Regional Commission on Human Rights at the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

PROFESSOR JULKIPLI WADI is Associate Professor 7 at the UP Institute of Islamic Studies. He has an MA in Islamic Studies in UP and took up units in Ph.D. PolSci also in UP. His specialization includes Islamic thought and the social and political dynamics of the Muslim world. He also served as the 7th Dean of the Institute. He is often sought for interviews for his insights into emerging issues concerning the realm of Muslim political movements, including the Bangsamoro peace process and the ongoing conflict surrounding Marawi.

FORMER CONGRESSMAN FRANCISCO ASHLEY ACEDILLO (or “Ace” to friends) was a member of the 16th Congress. As a Party-list Representative, Acedillo brought to Congress a combination of youthful dynamism, disciplined dedication, as well as a deep understanding of the Philippine bureaucracy. The latter stems from his days consulting for various government agencies spanning legislation, national security, health, transportation, and urban development from 2008-2013. He served as Vice Chairman of the Committee on Globalization and WTO and was a member of six major committees, namely Appropriations, Civil Service and Professional Regulation, Foreign Affairs, Higher and Technical Education, Government Reorganization and Transportation as well as being member of two other special committees: the Committee on East ASEAN Growth and the Congressional Oversight Committee on Disaster Management. Prior to his stint in the legislature and in management consulting, he served as a combat helicopter pilot in some of the front lines of the Philippine military’s counterinsurgency campaigns, where he was awarded the Gold Cross Medal for gallantry in action (the third highest combat award for combat) and two Distinguished Aviation Crosses for his various exploits as an aviator. Acedillo graduated from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) with a Bachelor of Science (Management) in 1999 - garnering the highest marks in History courses for all four years in PMA. In 2011, he finished his Master of Management from the prestigious Asian Institute of Management (AIM) where he was awarded a Washington Sycip Graduate School of Business Full Scholarship. In September 2016, he was designated as President of the Institute for Policy, Strategy and Developmental Studies, Inc. (IPSDI) - a newly-organized private, non-partisan think tank based in Quezon City. Acedillo is married to the former Maria Paz Victoria Ocampo, and they have a daughter, Maria Angela Noelle.


Alternatiba, the UP Third World Studies Center, and ARYA Progresibo are co-sponsoring this event.

This colloquium is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Please feel free to invite friends, colleagues, and other networks to the event. 

For more details about the colloquium, please get in touch with Weng Soriano via mobile at 09150022134.




Thursday, June 01, 2017

Call for Applications: One (1) Full-Time Research Assistant (URGENT)

The Third World Studies Center, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman is looking for one (1) full-time Research Assistant for the period June to September 2017 for a project on the history of railways in Metro Manila funded by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Grant (see details of the research project here). The gross salary is PHP 27,653.00.

The research assistant position requires the following qualifications:

  • Preferably a graduate from the University of the Philippines of any social science course or research-oriented discipline;
  • Diligence in tracking down sources and organizing gathered data;
  • Good writing skill in both English and Filipino; and
  • Able to work with minimal supervision.

Applicants must submit the following in PDF format at

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (references can follow but please provide at least two);
  • A transcript of records (or a printout of grades from UP CRS); and
  • A letter of application addressed to: Prof. Karl Poblador as Project Leader