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7th SES Conference Plenary Lectures

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1. Plenary Lecture (KEYNOTE ADDRESS) - “Rawls on Public Reason and a Pedagogy of Reasonableness.” Dr. Zosimo Lee is Professor and former Dean, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, the University of the Philippines.
2. Plenary Lecture - “Marawi: Escape and Dignity.” Dr. Godiva E. Rivera is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics, Mindanao State University.
3. Plenary Lecture - “Radical Democracy in the Time of Duterte” Dr. Christopher Ryan Maboloc is Assistant Professor and former Chair, Department of Philosophy, Ateneo de Davao University.
4. Plenary Lecture - "“Terrorizing Religion: An Insight into Religious Terrorism.” Fr. Urbano Pardillo Jr., is Dean of Studies, St. Francis Xavier College Seminary.

CONFERENCE CHAIR Fr. Dexter Veloso President Social Ethics Society

(Updated) 7th SES Conference List of Papers accepted for Oral Presentation

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1. “The ‘Foulness’ of Man:  Aquinas on the Interplay of Moral Principles in the Event of       Extrajudicial Killing.”         Mar Floren de Vera University of Santo Tomas
2. “The Violent Majority: Some Reflections on the Crisis of Democracy.”        Dr. Jeffry Ocay Silliman University and University of San Agustin
3. “Between Deliberation and Agonism: Recasting the Habermas-Mouffe Debate on the Normative Basis of Democracy.”         Ian Clark Parcon        Ateneo de Davao University
4. “Miranda Fricker’s epistemic injustice: Theorizing linkages of ethics, epistemology and socio-Political Theory.”         Menelito Mansueto, Jr.        Far Eastern University 
5. "The Burden of Democracy and Historical Injustice." Dr. Ruby Suazo
      University of San Carlos
6. “Towards Cultural Democracy: Baudrillard on Cultural and Political Exclusion.” Gian Carla Agbisit University of Santo Tomas
7. “Terrorism and Modernity: Between Luhmann and Habermas.”        Wrendolf Juntilla Notre Dame University

CHED endorses 7th SES Conference

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The Commission on Higher Education has endorsed participation to the 7th Social Ethics Society Conference to be held this October 26-27, 2017 at Pearl Farm Resort in Samal Island. The theme of this year's conference is "Political Philosophy in the Time of Terror."


Dr. Zosimo Lee of the University of the Philippines will be the keynote speaker for this year. The plenary speakers include Dr. Christopher Ryan Maboloc of the Ateneo de Davao University, Dr. Godiva Eviota of the Mindanao State University, and Fr. Urbano Pardillo Jr. of the St. Francis Xavier College Seminary,

7th SES Conference confirmed Plenary Speakers

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Dr. Zosimo Lee of the University of the Philippines will be the Keynote Speaker for the 7th Social Ethics Society Philosophy Conference at Pearl Farm Resort. The plenary speakers include Fr. Urbano Pardillo Jr. of the St. Francis Xavier College Seminary, Dr. Godiva Eviota of Mindanao State University, and Dr. Christopher Ryan Maboloc of Ateneo de Davao University. The theme for this year's conference is "Political Philosophy in the Time of Terror."



CALL FOR PAPERS SES JOURNAL Volume 3

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CALL FOR PAPERS 7th Social Ethics Society Conference

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Call for Papers: Violent extremism exists in our midst today and threatens the very existence of the world as we know it. Is there a way to put into context the beliefs and actions of individuals and groups who use extreme violence in order to advance their radical views and ideologies? What are the root causes of this form of violence? Is this type of violence the new normal in the world? What role does political philosophy play both in understanding and in deepening our insights on terror as a global phenomenon?

7th SES Conference to be held at Pearl Farm in October

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The Social Ethics Society, through the humble leadership of Fr. Dexter Veloso, will be holding its 7th Annual Philosophical Conference this coming October 26-27, 2017 at Pearl Farm Resort with the theme, "Political philosophy in the time of terror." The theme is an urgent attempt to reflect on the difficult reality that the world is into, given the threat of terror in our midst. The subtopics for the concurrent discussions include "Democracy and historical injustice," "Multiculturalism and political theory," "Religion and culture," "Poverty and political exclusion," and "Peace and the Bangsamoro." The Call for Papers will be out soon.


Past SES president conferred "Maxima Cum Laude" by USC

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Christopher Ryan Maboloc, past president of the Social Ethics Society, has been conferred the rare distinction of "Maxima Cum Laude" by the University of San Carlos for his doctorate degree in philosophy during graduation rites held last April 10, 2017 in Cebu City.


The distinction is the highest in the graduate school of USC and the first-ever that has been awarded in the history of USC. Based on the criteria, it is conferred on a graduate with a GPA of not less than 1.07, comprehensive exam average score of not less than 95%, at least one publication in an indexed international journal during the course of the study, and presentation of the dissertation research in an international conference.


Maboloc finished his doctorate with a GPA of 1.06, comprehensive exam average score of 95.96, and four papers published in indexed international journals. He presented his dissertation to a group of bioethicists in an international conference held at Perdana University in Kuala Lumpu…

SES is now part of the joint national philosophical conference in Baguio City

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The Social Ethics Society is now part of the joint national conference in philosophy that will be held in Baguio in April 2017 at St. Louis University. The annual conference will be participated in by the Philosophical Association of the Philippines, the Philosophical Association of the Visayas and Mindanao, and the Philosophical Association of Northern Luzon. The theme of the conference is "Pedagogy, Philosophy and the Liberal Arts."


Fr. Dexter Veloso, president of the SES, approved the participation recently, with the intent of collaborating with the other philosophical associations in the country. The SES was established in 2010 by the late Dr. Romulo Bautista and Prof. Christopher Ryan Maboloc. It has also its own journal, the SES Journal of Applied Philosophy, whose editor is Fr, Urbano Pardillo, Jr. The SES has since held six conferences, the last of which was at Secdea Resort in Samal Island.

6th SES Conference successfully concluded

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The 6th Social Ethics Society Conference held last October 27-28, 2016 at Secdea Resort, Samal Island, has been successfully concluded. The annual event, with the theme "Technology, Education, and Governance: Prospects and Perspectives," was attended by philosophy professors and teachers from 25 higher learning institutions in the country. Fr. Urbano Pardillo Jr. of the host St. Francis Xavier College Seminary welcomed the delegates while Fr. Dexter Veloso of the SES gave an inspirational message.


The plenary lectures were delivered by Dr. Orlando Ali Mandane, Jr. of the University of San Carlos, A/Prof. Christopher Ryan Maboloc of the Ateneo de Davao University, and Dr. Ferdinand Mangibin of Silliman University.

The paper presentors during the event include Mr. Jonas Robert Miranda of the Surigao State College, Prof. Bill Atweh of Philippine Normal University, Fr. Viktor Aurellana of the Rogationist Seminary in Paranaque, Dr. Ruby Suazo of USC, Dr. Sherlito Sable of USEP. M…

CHED endorses 6th SES Conference

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The Commission on Higher Education has endorsed participation to the 6th Social Ethics Society Conference this coming October 27-28, 2016 at Secdea Beach Resort, Samal Island. The theme of the conference is "Technology, Education, and Governance: Prospects and Perspectives." 



The plenary speakers are Dr. Orlando Ali Mandane Jr. of the University of San Carlos, Prof. Ferdinand Mangibin of Silliman University and Prof. Christopher Ryan Maboloc of Ateneo de Davao University. A total of 15 papers have been approved for presentation.

(Updated) 6TH SES Conference List of Papers accepted for Oral Presentation

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1. “Paul Ricoeur and the Task of Political Education”       Dr. Ruby Suazo       University of San Carlos
2. “Democratizing Philippine democracy”       Dr. Sherlito Sable       University of Southeastern Philippines               
3. "Democracy's Discontent: The Problem of Knowledge and a Modest Attempt at a Solution."
        Ian Anthony Davatos
        Ateneo de Manila University
4. “The Emergence of Empathy and the Coming of a State: From Pheno. Issues to Pol. Concerns’        Fr. Francis Paul Escano, RCJ        Rogationist Seminary Cebu
5. “Vantage Points of Utang na Loob”       Sheldon Ives Agaton       Eastern Visayas State University
6. “Morality as a Network Property and the Biophysical Nature of Moral Judgments”       Will Lorca       Silliman University
7. “Fair Play Principle and Environmental Protection”       Arnel Morte, MA       Central Mindanao University
8. "A Comparative Study of the Theories of Iris Marion Young and Pope Benedict XVI"
      Fr. Victor Emmanuel Au…

6th SES Conference confirmed Plenary Speakers

The 6th Social Ethics Society Conference this coming October 27-28, 2016 at Secdea Resort in Samal Island will have the following as plenary speakers: Dr. Orlando Ali Mandane of the University of San Carlos, Prof. Ferdinand Mangibin of Silliman University, and Prof. Christopher Ryan Maboloc of Ateneo de Davao University. Fr. Dexter Veloso of the St. Francis Xavier College Seminary will be the host and Conference Chair. Peter Paul Elicor heads the secretariat and a panel that has been constituted by the Board of Directors will form the scientific committee. 

CALL FOR PAPERS 6th Social Ethics Society Conference

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For purposes of consideration of papers for presentation, please submit through email an abstract of not more than 300 words to Peter Paul Elicor at peterelicor@gmail.com not later than August 15, 2016. The theme for this year's conference is “Technology, Education, and Governance: Prospects and Perspectives.” Attach a separate title page that includes the paper’s title, the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and email address.  Abstracts will be reviewed blindly by a scientific committee. Notification of acceptance will be sent via email. Full papers should not exceed 5,000 words. Papers may discuss contemporary theories of education, prospects and perspectives in the reform of Philippine education, modern technology and its influence to culture and society, theories and perspectives in democratic equality, governance and citizenship, including global justice issues.


CALL FOR PAPERS SES JOURNAL Volume 2

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Indonesian Consul for Immigration presents migration policy paper during the 5th SES Conference

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Mr. Agus Majid, the consul for immigration of the Indonesian Consulate based in Davao City, presented a paper analyzing the impact of neo-liberalism on migration policy during the 5th Social Ethics Society Conference held at Pearl Farm Resort in Samal Island, Davao.


In his paper, he mentioned that "government intervention in regulating people movement is important" in today's age of the mass movement of peoples. This will require, according to him, understanding "new welfare and labor market systems." As such, he said that the challenge of governments these days is "to manage markets, not to strive vainly to shut it down," citing an article from The Economist.


When asked about the concerns of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWS), Consul Majid said that "immigration policy should be multilateral rather than unilateral," and that governments must have a holistic framework, instead of having a "purely economic or rationalist approach" in …

5th SES Conference held at Pearl Farm Resort

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The 5th Social Ethics Society Conference was successfully held at Pearl Farm Resort in Samal Island, Davao, last October 30-31, 2015.

Fr. Dexter Veloso, SES president, during his Inspirational Message, highlighted the important work of the organization and its role in developing philosophical reflection in the region. He encouraged all participants to sustain their crucial work in order to better serve Philippine society.


Fr. Urbano Pardillo Jr., the dean of studies of the St. Francis Xavier College Seminary, which hosted the annual event, opened the conference that was attended by philosophy teachers, researchers, and scholars from the Visayas and Mindanao, inviting those in attendance to reflect on the spectacle of the dehumanization of work. 

The plenary speakers for this year are Dr. Jeffry Ocay of Silliman University, Dr. Ryan Urbano and Dr. Ruby Suazo of the University of San Carlos. The first set of paper presentors included Dr. Sherlito Sable of the University of Southeastern …

5th SES Conference confirmed Plenary Speakers

The 5th Social Ethics Society Conference will have Dr. Jeffry Ocay of Silliman University, Dr. Ryan Urbano and Dr. Ruby Suazo of the University of San Carlos as Plenary Speakers. Hosted by the Saint Francis Xavier College Seminary in Davao City, the theme of the Conference is "Reflections on the Dehumanization of Labor." Fr. Dexter Veloso, President of the SES, will open the conference, which will be held this coming October 30-31, 2015 at Pearl Farm Resort, Island Garden City of Samal.



CHED endorses 5th SES Conference

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The Commission on Higher Education has endorsed participation to the 5th Social Ethics Society Conference this coming October 30-31, 2015 at Pearl Farm Resort. The theme of the conference is "On the Dehumanization of Labor." The plenary speakers are Dr. Jeffry Ocay, Associate Dean, Silliman University; Dr. Ryan Urbano, Chair, DPRS, USC; and Dr. Ruby Suazo, faculty at USC, and president of the PHAVISMINDA. Ten paper presentations have been approved by the Organizing Committee.


SES gets SEC registration

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The Social Ethics Society is now registered with the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission. Fr. Dexter Veloso, the president of the SES, Peter Paul Elicor, the secretary, and Christopher Ryan Maboloc, a director of its Board, initiated the registration in the middle of the year. Initial plans commenced after the 4th Conference in Kidapawan City. The SES has 48 registered members as of June 2015. The organization was founded by the late Dr. Romulo Bautista and A/Prof. Christopher Ryan Maboloc in March 2010 in Davao City. A/Prof. Maboloc served as interim president from 2011-12 and again served from 2012-15. Dr. Bautista was its first adviser.


CALL FOR PAPERS SES JOURNAL Volume 1

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CALL FOR PAPERS 5th Social Ethics Society Conference

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Human beings desire happiness or well-being in their lives. However, the society in which people live, by means of the domination of capitalism, alienates the individual from his nature as a species being. It appears that work has diminished the meaning of human life and for this reason, the human in us is totally estranged from reality as such. Reification, indeed, is unfolding before our eyes, This conference will look into the labor situation and highlight the value of respecting the dignity of each human being as a worker.

SES holds Forum on the Bangsamoro

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The Social Ethics Society, in cooperation with Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, has successfully organized a forum on the Bangsamoro, with the theme "Peace and Justice in the Bangsamoro: Our Generation's Contribution."

The speakers were Atty. Jamil Matalam (Ateneo), Fr. Urbano Pardillo (SFXCS) and A/Prof. Christopher Ryan Maboloc (Ateneo). Atty. Matalam talked about the Moro struggle against colonization; Fr. Pardillo discussed the position of the Catholic Church in support of the peace process; and A/Prof. Maboloc explained the problem of exclusion concerning the Bangsamoro. Fr. Dexter Veloso, SES President, organizer, acted as the moderator. Peter Paul Elicor of Ateneo introduced the speakers.


The event was participated in by 140 attendees, including students from Ateneo de Davao, Holy Cross of Davao College, Davao del Norte State College, and the St. Francis Xavier College Seminary, and members of Non-Government Organizations and Parish Associations.


Fr. Urbano Pardillo Jr. chosen as SES Journal of Applied Philosophy editor

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Fr. Urbano Pardillo Jr., Ph.L, the Academic Dean of the St. Francis Xavier College Seminary in Davao City, has been chosen by the Board of Directors of the Social Ethics Society as Editor of the Social Ethics Society Journal of Applied Philosophy for a three-year term beginning in June 2015 until June 2018. A/Prof. Christopher Ryan Maboloc will be the associate editor while Mr. Peter Paul Elicor will act as managing editor. The editorial consultants of the journal include Dr. Jeffry Ocay of Silliman University, Dr. Ruby Suazo of the University of San Carlos, Dr. Jane Gallamaso of Xavier University, Dr. Ryan Urbano of the University of San Carlos, Dr. Raymond Pavo of the University of the Philippines in Mindanao, Dr. Orlando Ali Mandane Jr. of the University of San Carlos, Dr. Japhet Bakuwa of the University of Malawi, Dr. Godiva Eviota of Mindanao State University, Prof. Ian Clark Parcon of Ateneo de Davao University, and Dr. Christopher Agulanna of the University of Ibadan.




USM hosts successful 4th SES Conference

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The University of Southern Mindanao has successfully hosted the 4th Social Ethics Society Conference held last October 27-28, 2014 at Grand Ficus Hotel, Kidapawan City.



Participants from different colleges and universities in Mindanao discussed issues pertaining to social media, politics, public ethics, and environmental pragmatism. The theme of the conference was "Philosophy and Democratic Governance."

The speakers during the conference included Fr. Dexter Veloso (ADDU), Redentor dela Rosa (CMU), Peter Elicor (ADDU), Dr. Sherlito Sable (USEP), Franz Nolasco (ADDU), Alvert Dalona (USEP), Christopher Ryan Maboloc (ADDU), and Joharel Escobia (Urios).

Fr. Veloso is elected as SES President

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Fr. Dexter Veloso has been elected as President of the Social Ethics Society last October 28, 2014, the second day of the 4th Social Ethics Society Conference.

Christopher Ryan Maboloc, outgoing president, expressed elation in finding an able leader and successor in Fr. Veloso who will serve beginning October 2014 until October 2017.

For his part, Fr. Veloso promised to sustain the efforts of the SES in advancing philosophical and intelligent discussions on important issues. He also pointed out initial plans for the conference next year.


The SES intends to strengthen its ranks and continue to be the bastion of deepened reflections in the area of social and political ethics, peace and development, technology and social media.

The SES is the first and only association of philosophy teachers and graduate students in Southern Mindanao. It was founded in 2010 by Dr. Romulo Bautista and Christopher Ryan Maboloc. As of 2014, it has 50 registered members from various colleges and universities…

The Social Ethics Society - A Restatement

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As philosophy teachers, scholars and students, we have to remain steadfast yet humble in the bold vision that we must have a critical stake in the future design of Philippine society. This is the task that we have embraced as members of the Social Ethics Society since its founding in 2010. During discussions on our constitution-and-by-laws, we have openly taken the position  that philosophical reflection should result to a conscientious understanding of the moral dimension of politics and governance. In the past three years, the SES has tackled issues concerning democracy and the rule of law, human development and the problem of peace, social justice and the politics of exclusion.

Many of our members have argued that moral leadership should bridge rather than disturb the connection between civil society and the government. The late Dr. Romulo Bautista has inspired many young scholars in you to pursue that synergistic attitude and that unfailing faith in democracy. As we enter this cru…

CALL FOR PAPERS 4th Social Ethics Society Conference

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The 4th Social Ethics Society Conference will be hosted by the University of Southern Mindanao through the able leadership of Mr. Marcos Monderin. It will be held this coming October 27-28, 2014 at Elai Resort, Kidapawan City. This year’s theme is “Philosophy and Democratic Governance.” Abstracts of Papers for presentation on the said conference from philosophy teachers, researchers and scholars may now be submitted. Abstracts must not be more than 100 words. Full Papers must be between 2,500 to 3,500 words. Please submit your papers to peterelicor@gmail.com or to ryanmaboloc75@yahoo.com.


SES discusses "Morality and Online Social Media"

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The Social Ethics Society discussed "Morality and Social Media" last March 15, 2014, at the Japanese Tunnel Restaurant, Davao City.



Fr. Ritsche Gamaya, DCD, the director for Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications and Mass Media led the discussion. Fr. Gamaya is also the editor in chief and manager of the Davao Catholic Herald.

Part of the trajectory of the discussion was the "influence of online social media to the youth, the potential harm or benefit of online social media to the moral fabric of society, the politics of the internet, and other issues of philosophical relevance" in the formation of the youth.

3rd SES Conference held at NDMU

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The 3rd Conference of the Social Ethics Society was held successfully at the Notre Dame of Marbel University, October 4-5, 2013. Mr. Al Quillope chaired the conference with the theme, "Philosophical Reflections on Peace and Development."



The speakers during the conference include Fr. Ed Santoyo of NDU, Atty. Jamil Matalam of ADDU, Mr. Red dela Rosa of CMU, Mr. Ruben Balatol of ACT-Cebu, Mr. Aldrin Quintero of St. Alexius, Mr. Joefer Maninang of UM, Dr. Sherlito Sable of USEP, Mr. Albert Albina of NORSU, and Mr. Mike Gatchalian of St. Mary's College (Tagum).

Mr. Ryan Maboloc, SES President, in his Message to the participants, explored the relation between human development and weak states, the role of justice and equality in achieving a well-lived life, and the task at hand for philosophy in realizing a mature democracy. The revised edition of his "Philosophy of Man: The Existential Drama", was also launched during the Conference.

Participants also visited Lake …