I had a very insightful interaction with the former Chief Justice Reynato Puno last Saturday during the 4th Anniversary of Bicol Autonomy Movement! Among others, he cited the historical facts how our democracy has evolved into a government of the few, for the benefit of the few. But most important, he recognizes relevance of direct peoples action such as the BAM in deepening our knowledge and stake in Philippine democracy.
I see several challenges for the Bicol Autonomy Movement. Socio-cultural, political-legal, and economic factors seem to conspire against BAM.
But if we continue to draw strength and lessons from the experiences of Bicolanos and of the Bicol Region, I am very confident that we will overcome these challenges!