It is with pleasure that we share with you our Occasional Paper for February 2018 entitled, “The Case for Constitutional Reform”, written by Dr. Eduardo Araral, Jr., a tenured Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and member of the PDP Laban Federalism Institute Study Group.
The paper explores four identified major problems that would require constitutional reform. The author discussed the problem in Muslim Mindanao, the inefficient governance of imperial Manila, flaws of a unitary presidential system, and the problem with the protectionist economic provisions of the current Constitution. The paper also provides an overview of the PDP Laban Mode of Federalism and the justifications therefor. Towards the end, the author shares his thoughts on the criticisms against constitutional reforms. The paper concludes with the potential benefits and risks of reforms.