Twenty-three works of research and two keynote lectures were presented at the 17th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day Conference on October 3 and 4, 2019, shedding light on law and order during Spanish times.
The annual conference held this year in the National Institute of Science and Mathematics Education Auditorium in UP Diliman had the theme, “The Pursuit of Colonial Oder: Interrogating Crime, Law, and Justice in Spanish Philippines”.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor Leonen and Prof. Florentino Rodao of Universidad Complutense de Madrid were the keynote lecturers. They shared their ideas on decolonizing law and social order.
Leonen spoke of: lingering legal fictions subordinating groups of people in the way they have been made “caricatures”; legal education contributing to a trend of “disempowering pragmatism”’ and, colonial vestiges in the Philippine legal system, among others.
Rodao traced how Spain’s view of race had shifted until Spanish settlers began using biological determinism in the 19th century to stake their role in society, consequently fueling nationalism among Filipinos and anticolonialism among the locally born Spanish.
The conference, which is open to scholars from the country and abroad, is organized by the UP Department of History, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), and the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines.
The participants were welcomed by UP President Danilo Concepcion, who gave a message along with Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Moragas Sanchez, NHCP Chair Rene Escalante, and UP Diliman College of Social Sciences and Philosophy Dean Maria Bernadette Abrera.
Concepcion made mention of the 17 years of the conference elevating the conference to the status of institution.