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… »


MISTRESSES – While in Manila last week, I met an old dear friend (but still young looking) Journalist Julie Yap Daza (lately with the Manila Bulletin). She gave me a… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 April) – When someone tells you “Go fly a kite”, it’s not only about its literal meaning of flying a kite but also an admonition for you… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Hello, what’s happening?

“RELOAD ” – I was in Iloilo last weekend to bury an uncle. But it was a good occasion to “reload” on the now famous Ilonggo “tical”. You see, many Ilonggos like me proudly admit, of course at our expense, that we are braggarts (“ticalon” or boastful). The joke is on us but we relish the reputation. Before, we used to say that we visited Iloilo “para mag renew tical”. Today, it’s to reload like cell phones. We need to reload from time to time by visiting our hometown Janiuay. This time “unli” guid!

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: China stops bananas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 March) — BANANAS REJECTED — There are new dangers facing our banana industry and this can be due  to our government’s mishandling of  the Spratly’s issue with… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Rationalize, not kill, mining!

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 February) — “Let’s not kill mining. Instead, we should rationalize it.” The mining industry today is at a crossroad. Both for small scale and large scale mining.… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Mining’s big fight

DIPOLOG VISIT — I was back in Dipolog City a few days ago. There’s an interesting and important court case now before the Regional Trial Court there.  And it’s worth… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 November) CRUELTY? — My good ol’ friend, journalist Jun Ledesma related to me yesterday his one-on-one interview on Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (JPE) over a TV… »

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