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DLSU-M to feature Golez in GenXchange

De La Salle University (DLSU)-Manila will hold a forum on Balikatan Exercises with National Security Council Adviser/Director-General Roilo Golez from 10 to 11:20 a.m. on February 28 at the Marilen Gaerlan Conservatory. Titled “Balikatan: An Art of War?” Golez will discuss the future of Philippine-US Security Relations, the implication of the Balikatan exercises on the ongoing military struggle in Basilan, and other issues confronting the joint military exercises.

Political Science faculty Dr. Renato de Castro will lead the panel of discussants. The audience will also have the opportunity to ask questions through the open forum. Political science faculty Antonio Pedro, Jr. will moderate the discussion.

Balikatan 2002 is a joint military exercise involving the training of Filipino troops by Americans to boost the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ drive against terrorism. Despite the government’s assurance of its actual intent, socio-civic groups such as the Peace Camp, criticize the program as unconstitutional, a threat to national security, and undermines the capabilities of the AFP and the country’s sovereignty.

Now on its fourth year, the GenXchange is a program of DLSU-Manila which complements the classroom education of Lasallians by exposing them to personalities they can dialogue with on issues relevant to the youth.

GenXchange provides venues for faculty members to share resources by serving as moderators and panelists and by assuring the Lasallian community an intellectual yet engaging discussion. The activity is sponsored by the Office of the President, in cooperation with the Marketing Communication Office.

Personalities who have graced the forum include former President Fidel Ramos, former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Alfredo Lim, Jr., and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo when she was still the country’s Vice President.

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