ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Duterte: “I don’t want to go to jail!”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 May) — While several sectors are encouraging Mayor Rody Duterte to run for Philippine president, he has a way of saying: “THANKS, BUT NO THANKS!” His reason:… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: On Lovers & Mistresses

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 May) — By this time, I can tell that we are all either  so bored or  agitated  — and yes,  angry  — with Janet Napoles, PDAF, corruption in… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Talking with a taxi driver

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 April) – I always take a taxi coming from or going to the Manila airport. This one last Saturday morning with taxi driver Lando was… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: MILF Peace Pact: What if….?

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — There are many questions that since have arisen after the signing of the comprehensive agreement for the Bangsamoro (CAB). Most of them are questions… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: MILF Peace Pact can be formula for disaster


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 March) — I was not able to watch live the TV coverage of the signing of the peace agreement  at Malacanang but from what I gathered from… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: What’s wrong with Mindanao power?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) — DYSFUNCTION — A few days ago, I sat in a stakeholders’ forum called by the Mindanao Business Council to look into the power situation in… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Netizens, watch out!

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 February) – If you are in FACEBOOK or TWITTER or in the internet, you should sit up and look closely at the new law called Cybercrime Prevention… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: ‘Liars don’t go to heaven’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — This just crossed my mind. Assuming it was former CJ Corona who was the one who sent someone of high rank to secretly pick up… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: ‘I will kill you’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 January) — When Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte threatened rice smugglers in general with “I will kill you”, he did not violate any law. However, if he… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: “Journalists” without mercy

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 Dec.) — Public officials, beware! Nowadays, it’s so easy to be whacked endlessly for some misconduct or mistake by the so-called “netizens” or those who are hooked… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Sen. Ping Lacson for President, if…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 Dec.) — Sen. Ping Lacson is putting his neck on the chopping block by accepting the task of being “Yolanda” rehab czar. If you ask me, the… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Do you know ‘Mader’ Ricky Reyes?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/10 Dec.) — I was Davao congressman in the late 1980′s when I first met Ricky Reyes who was already widely known as a trend setter in beauty… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Angry at media? Enrile shows how

(Author is a lawyer and the chairman/president of the Philippine Press Institute, a national organization of Philippine newspapers and publications. He also sits in the Philippine Press Council representing Mindanao.)… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Zambo Peace Formula Rejected–VP BINAY

BACOLOD CITY(MindaNews/25 November) —Last Saturday while in Bacolod City, Vice President Jojo Binay devoted almost all of his 10-minute brief but inspiring speech on the tragedies and the challenges of Typhoon Yolanda. He… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Yolanda stole the show from Zamboanga ‘Hermosa’

ZAMBOANGA CITY  (MindaNews / 17 Nov) — I had that eerie,  weird feeling scanning the destroyed houses as we “toured” the other day  the so-called “ground zero” where Ustadz Habier… »

ADVOCACY MindaNow: On Being a Press Secretary

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 November)– There’s a refreshing change in the public face of Malacanang these days. Secretary SONNY COLOMA  coming out from his hole and  taking over the microphone in… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Indonesia needed in peace talks

MINDAVIEWS ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Indonesia needed in peace talks by Jess G. Dureza DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/4 November)—I recently read somewhere that Indonesia was being called upon to do more and help… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Cong. Leni Robredo: ‘crush ng bayan’

NAGA CITY (MindaNews/29 October) — I met CONGRESSWOMAN “LENI” ROBREDO for the first time in person during Saturday night’s presidential ball of the Philippine Jaycee senate national convention held in… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Do you believe in Rody Duterte?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 October) –  It’s been a long while since I last listened to Mayor Rody Duterte deliver a speech. Until last Friday when I was invited by Businessman… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Villa Medica Revisited: I saw stem cell ‘harvest’

GERMANY (MindaNews/15 October)—  This is a follow up report on my last published article about our return trip to VILLA MEDICA in Edenkoben, Germany for our family’s  continuing search  for… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Will Mindanao survive?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Sept) — Yes, the (Armed Forces of the Philippines) military mission in Zamboanga may be deemed accomplished.  But  is the problem really over?  I don’t… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Biting the bullet in Zambo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 September) — I was writing this Sunday morning and due to the volatile situation in Zamboanga City, events may overtake this when this comes out on print.… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: A Davoeña for Pres. Noynoy?

(This is a syndicated article by the author who is President-Chairman of the Philippine Press Institute and released by Advocacy MindaNow Foundation, Inc.) DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Sept) –… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: On Surrendering to Presidents

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 September) — I can see that the surrender of Ms. JANET NAPOLES to President Noynoy himself, no less, is now creating some controversy. The way things were… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Assault on press freedom

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 August) — Here’s a planned assault on press freedom that the Philippine press must fight AGAINST to the end. Sen. Jinggoy Estrada filed Senate Bill No. 380… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Misuari’s ‘Bangsamoro Republik’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Aug) – I was not surprised when I heard MNLF CHAIRMAN NUR MISUARI a few days ago declaring independence for a “Bangsamoro Republik“. I recall writing an… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Car bombs anyone?

I was on the phone with Col. Dickson Hermoso of the 6th Infantry Division stationed in Cotabato City right after the bomb went off. He said he just passed the blast site when he heard a… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Philippines versus China? C-R-A-Z-Y!

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 July) — During my long, informal chat with Chinese lady Ambassador MA KEQING in Manila sometime ago, I learned that there are about 14 countries that abut… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 June)–I have a story to tell. It’s about a heartwarming story of a person who had to forego of things he loved most so another could live.… »

Peace talks deadlock is good!

The on-going media blast coming from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) saying some of its ground commanders and armed followers are now “frustrated and angry” at what is taking… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Old-fashioned counting better

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 May) — If you ask me, I still prefer the manual, old-fashioned counting of ballots for the local positions. The credibility of the local count with machines… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Comelec chair drama?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 April) – The recent caper of Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes reminds me of that favorite medieval scenario: slaying one’s own self-invented imaginary dragon to show… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Why peace talks stalled

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) — I got several calls asking my views on the current peace talks with the MILF. It’s clear that nothing came out from the latest round… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Korean juvenile’s deadly game

DAVAO CITY — UNPREDICTABLE — Will North Korea pull the trigger? Everyone is waiting with bated breath.  The new and young North Korean president (said to be below 30 years… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: A Day in Baganga and Cateel

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/2 April)–Last Monday, I joined retired Archbishop (Emeritus) NANDING CAPALLA together with retired publisher NILO CLAUDIO and visited “Typhoon Pablo’s” whacked areas Baganga and Cateel in Davao… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Another Sy Generation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 March)– I took the SM private plane back to Davao from Manila the other day with Mr. HANS SY of SM for the inaugural opening of PARK INN… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Sabah fallout on MILF peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 March) — I was in Zamboanga City over the weekend to attend the Jaycee Senate Zamboanga Chapter Induction there. I was glad I took the trip. When… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Sabah: Let’s All Cool It

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 March) — I am sad with what happened several days ago in Lahad Datu, Sabah. The violence and the killings were tragic. And from all indications, my… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 February) — I was shaken a bit when I learned that a group loyal to the Kiram family of Sulu publicly announced their intentions of pushing for… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: I know why the floods!

FLOODING –Early dawn of Sunday, I was already receiving text messages about the rising of the floodwaters in the Davao river and its tributaries. Even friends in Manila whose families… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Duterte as President?

DAVAO EXPERIENCE — Fireworks must now be banned all throughout the country. It can be done. Davao City has proven this can be done. Depriving the whole fireworks industry some… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: No crisis manager!

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 December) — With the situation getting worse everyday, handling the aftermath of Typhoon Pablo should be left in the hands of a competent crisis manager. Unfortunately, there… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: One day as a rookie race driver

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 Nov) — I was at Clark in Pampanga earlier this week to attend a race driving lessons at the Clark International Speedway racing school and race track.… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Early Campaigning

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 26 October)–EARLY BIRDS. I seldom watch TV but lately, I caught several “senatoriables” endorsing this or that product. Or simply making motherhood statements for some advocacies that… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Don’t disparage Nur Misuari

DAVAO CITY (MIndaNews/21 October) — As I wrote this column yesterday, thousands of MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) followers started flocking to the popular Crocodile Park outside the Davao City… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: The devil is in the detail

LOS ANGELES (MindaNews/10 October) — I was in Vancouver, British Columbia on my way to Los Angeles when I got word that a Peace Framework Agreement was signed between the… »

ADVOCACY MINDANAO: Dangers of back channeling

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 24 September)—I am watching with great interest — and amusement –the on-going new “telenovela” now gripping the nation. No, not the popular “Walang Hanggan” nightly episode on… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Remembering Martial Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Sept) – Forty years ago, in September 1972, I was in Manila undergoing orientation and preparing to take on a new job at the Philippine Press Institute… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Waging war easier than winning peace’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 July) — CHANGING OF GUARDS. On my way to Davao del Sur last Tuesday, I dropped by at the Army headquarters of the 39th battalion in Tuban,… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 June) — JUSTICE CARPIO There’s a guy who’s been silent but had shown all these years his independence of mind and judicial fortitude. Justice Antonio Carpio was… »

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