ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Seizing suspected NoKor ship reckless and provocative

I almost fell off from my seat when I read the Sunday newspapers reporting that a SUSPECTED (caps to highlight) North Korean cargo vessel “Jin Teng” docked in Subic port delivering palm… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: “If not today, tomorrow”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 June) — Many have now serious  doubts about the future of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) given Congress’ failure to pass it on time. I have … »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Power scramble 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 June) — I read reports saying that Mindanao is well and “ok” on power needs due to the many new power plants being put up. True? Not… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: What to do with China?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May) — I talked on the phone last Saturday with Zambales Gov. Hermogenes ” Jun” Ebdane who was a colleague in the Arroyo Cabinet. He has set up… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Why I have American blood In my veins

JANIUAY, Iloilo (MindaNews/10 May) — A few days ago, I got reminded, during a recent clan reunion in my late father Martin’s hometown JANIUAY in Iloilo, that I have American blood… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Peace “piece by piece’?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 April) — AMEND ARMM LAW — I read similar positions of two (2) eminent persons who are proposing that in lieu of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: I have many aliases, too!

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) — So, what’s all this fuss about MILF’s Chair Iqbal using an alias? Use of many aliases or pseudo-names is a common practice.  Consider this.  Since  I was… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Calvary for BBL & Peace Negotiators 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 April) — Christianity’s traditional annual “Calvary” is over now.  But for the peace workers and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, the long road of Calvary is still continuing.… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Never Having To Say  “I’m Sorry”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) — “Never having to say I’m sorry” is a title, by the way, of an old favorite song.  That reminds me of this growing call for… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Mamasapano: What next?

DAVAO CiTY (MindaNews / 01 Feb) — For those many  of us who are watching from the sidelines and from  a distance the  events unfolding, it’s been an emotionally draining… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: President Francis, anyone?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Jan) – Last night, I had a dream. The Philippines has turned federal and is one of the federated states of the Vatican. And its regions… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Avoid backlash vs Muslims

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 January) — I was glued to TV’s CNN over the past few days, a far cry from my usual. I have to admit this: I  sparingly watch… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Yearend random thoughts

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 January) — As I sat on my favorite siesta lounging chair on lush green bermuda grass by the beach looking out blankly at the blue waters in… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Pope Francis’ visit a security nightmare

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 December) — During my call on former President Fidel V. Ramos recently in his Makati office, he wondered what kind of security contingency measures were in place for… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Hypocrisy & Big Joke! 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 Nov) – OVERSPENDING. I am reading in the news that the COMELEC (Commission on Elections) is starting to prosecute election “overspending“. In fact, Gov. ER Ejercito lost his seat in Laguna recently for exceeding the limits.… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Who’s afraid of coal-fired power plant?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 November) — Last Thursday from Manila, I took Tiger Air (recently acquired by Cebu Pacific) en route to Cagayan de Oro to visit the STEAG coal-fired plant in… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Reality check on Bangsamoro pact

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 Nov) — Over the past few days, I came across both good and bad news about the Bangsamoro peace deal. A reality check of some sort. “Good” because the… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: ADVOCACY MINDANOW: What really happened when FVR and Duterte met

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 October) — When former President FIDEL RAMOS and Davao Mayor RODRIGO “Digong” DUTERTE met in Davao City a few days ago, the several events where they were… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Iligan City and Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 October) — It was not planned. But I unexpectedly walked into a consultation forum on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in a downtown hotel in Iligan… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Surigao Revisited

BOOM TOWN. I revisited the Caraga region these past few days. How it lately transformed to what it is today is just remarkable. Surigao City is booming with new establishments. A… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: The Realities of Negotiating

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 Oct) — My previous work as “negotiator” was varied. Let me recall some. I dealt with   hostage takers at the Davao Penal Colony where eight hostage takers were “neutralized”… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: From rags to riches…to ruins!

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 Sept) — We know the popular catch phrase: “From rags to riches.”  But there’s a new one now we should watch out for:  “From rags to riches… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Unsolicited advice to Congress on BBL

(Author previously served as chief government negotiator and presidential adviser on the peace process)   DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Sept) —  I have two initial  suggestions to Congress, if I may, … »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 September) — Indeed, there are many reasons why we need to take another look at our Constitution, not only those pertaining to the economic provisions, but including… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: “Why not wipe out the MILF rebels?”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Aug) — I sat over a few bottles of  SanMig lites a few nights ago  with a friend who just arrived from abroad. He asked several pointed questions… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: My own term-extension story: Unlike Mar Roxas, I got ‘burned’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 August)—I have a complaint to make. When Sec. Mar Roxas made public his own intentions of extending P-Noy’s term, Malacanang appeared to be patting him on the… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Only in da Pilipins!

REFORMS – Pope Francis made drastic reforms in the finance sector of the Catholic Church in Rome by firing the long-staying cardinal who had long controlled the Church funds. In… »

ADVOCACY Mindanow: My unforgettables with Mar Roxas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews 11 August) — Last Friday was a reunion of sorts  for me with  former colleague in Malacanang Gabby Claudio (who served both  FVR and GMA) and Journalist… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: On fighting back tears

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 August) — When  I wrote last time mentioning about President Aquino holding back tears during the SONA (State of the Nation Address), I got several comments from… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: An emotional president

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) — When President Aquino choked a bit trying hard to hold back tears towards the end of his SONA last Monday he was obviously emotion-filled. Contrary… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Plane disasters & n0. “7”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — The other night, I stayed up almost until dawn monitoring the new tragic airline disaster in strife-torn Ukraine involving, yet again, another Malaysian Airlines aircraft… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: On apologies and palace resignations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) — Being ready to make apologies, admit mistakes or say “I’m sorry” are traits that show humility and good character. It also re-affirms human vulnerability and… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Going ‘green’ in Baguio City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 July) — Over the weekend, I travelled by bus for the first time to Baguio City, the country’s summer capital 5,000 feet up in the sky for… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Miscalculations Fatal To Peace Pact

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 June) – WORRISOME. The latest word on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro  (CAB) with the MILF is worrisome.  President Aquino met discreetly with KAGI MURAD  for the… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Karl Gaspar, another bus driver’s son

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 June) — Last week, I attended a “round-table chat” (except that the tables were rectangular) on culture and arts with some Davao editors which included event prime… »

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… »

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