PERSONAL ESSAY: From Sri Lankan Elephants to Philippine Jesuits for Pope Francis

MANILA (MindaNews/17 January) — How does one explain the privilege of having been able to encounter this holy man, Francis, except to say, sincerely, it’s not explainable? No work, no… »

Of Tenderness and Revolution on New Year’s Day 2015

The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace.”… »

PEACETALK: Transitional Justice and the Bangsamoro

[Welcome Address: Launch of ForumZFD’s Moving Beyond: Towards Transitional Justice in the Bangsamoro Peace Process, at the Apo View Hotel, Davao City on July 14, 2014). It is my pleasure… »

PEACETALK: Historical Moment in Mindanao: Bangsamoro

Author’s contribution to the session on Education and Culture of Peace: the Future of Mindanao on June 7, the second day of the International Conference of Cotabato at the Notre… »

WELCOME REMARKS: As a Sword Needs a Whetstone

Good afternoon. Assalamu Allaykum. May God’s peace and compassion be always in our hearts! It is my pleasure to welcome you all this afternoon to the First Mindanao Book Festival! George… »

COMMENTARY: About “Pork”: Integrity will Prevail

Today we come together as Filipino citizens who believe in the Philippines and believe in one another. We come together with love for our country and love for one another,… »

COMMENTARY: The Lost Sheep: Rescue or Deny?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 April) — When the State under Bismarck confiscated Church property in Germany during its secularization drive at the end of the 19th century, the State undertook to… »

COMMENTARY: The Dancing Elephant in the Crystal Shop: SMI

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 Feb) — I thought the country was looking for a way of doing responsible mining. And that the Aquino administration was serious in pursuing this. There are… »

COMMENTARY: Ang Gulo Gulo Natin!

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 Sept) – Conrado de Quiros was never known to mince words. He rapped Manny Pangilinan (“Alien,” PDI, 9/26) for the latter’s now-famous outburst, “Ang gulo gulo nyo!”… »

COMMENTARY: EO 79 on Mining – a Mixed Bag. by Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J.

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 July) — Tony La Viña of the AdMU School of Government said that the long-awaited, oft postponed E.O. on Mining would be a disappointment for everyone.  He… »

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