The Transitional Justice Course was held on October 3-5, 2018 at the Microtel Hotel in Quezon City.
The first session was “Transitional Justice: An Overview” by Dr. Priya Pillai, after which there was a Workshop on “Contextualising Transitional Justice in the Philippines.”
Atty. Francesca Sarenas (SALIGAN Mindanao) facilitated dividing the participants into 4 groups (representing the TJ Pillars of Truth, Justice, Reparations, and Institutional Reform) in preparation for the workshops in Days 2 and 3. For each of the Pillars, the groups were provided some suggested reading materials.
The last sessions for Day 1 were “A Philippine Example on TJ Analysis: The TJRC for the Bangsamoro” and “Introduction to the Joinet/Orentleicher Principles of Impunity and Related Frameworks” both by Atty. Cecilia Jimenez.
Dr. Renato Mabunga facilitated the presentations of the TJ Pillars. During the Pillars session, there is a short video presentation, followed by some inputs from the training team (including Atty. Jimenez, Atty. Kix Sarenas, and Atty. Byron Bocar of the HRVCB). After the video and short input, the groups had to present their Pillar as simply and as comprehensively as they could. Each Pillar presentation ends in a panel discussion where the members of the team answered questions from the body, and they also gave their recommendations on how to pursue their particular Pillar under the current Philippine context.
The last session for Day 2 was on “Competing Values” – which of the Pillars were more important? Which were competing against one another? Which complemented one another?
On Day 3, a video was shown on TJ and Gender Justice, followed by a presentation on “Archives and Memorialization” by Memorial Commission Executive Director Carmelo Victor Crisanto. The last session was planning how to integrate TJ into the participant’s programs and advocacies.