WORM’S EYEVIEW: More hard questions

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/08 February) — I like the Bangsamoro concept and commend those who conceptualized it, including Nur who envisioned it back in the 1960s. Still, I worry… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Times for hard questions

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/07 February) — It’s time to deal with delicate matters. Even as I urge sympathetic consideration and support for the dream of a Bangsamoro and its… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Object lessons

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/04 February) — Thus far, the central government’s negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have not yet impacted our lives as Mindanaons directly, especially… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Hail but bewail!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/03 February) — Let’s give a big hand to the Sandigang Bayan for the verdict days ago on two incumbent officials of Sarangani Province. They were… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Democratize, Modernize

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/1 February)–Even as we anticipate the inevitability of the Bangsamoro entity’s reign over a great part of Mindanao, we can also deal with unfinished business and… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Replace mean-spirited with civic-spirited

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Jan) – It would do Mindanao society a lot of good if those who truly care about its fate— Bangsamoro advocates, for example—learn… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: CAB ready but we’re not… yet

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Jan) – No one should be too quick to announce the end of the secessionist struggle in Mindanao with the signing of the… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Corruption rises to the top

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/20 January) — Old-style politics and its adherents—the traditional politicos or trapos—condition and shape the political culture of our grassroots, and thus of Philippine society as… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: How Little We Have Progressed!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/18 January)–With all our advances in education, science, and technology, we ought to be embarrassed about how backward our politics and politicians remain. Corrupt as ever,… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Addressing corruption in the barangay, Part 4

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/17 January) — Considering the level of development we have attained as a people, the portrait of corruption in our respective localities—our barangay, the grassroots level—is… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Corruption in the Barangay, Part 3

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Jan) – Are the shenanigans and corrupt practices described in previous articles happening in every barangay? There are exceptions obviously, but knowledgeable contractors… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Corruption in the Barangay, Part 2

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 January)—Like jueteng in Luzon and masiao in Visayas and Mindanao, graft and corruption operates in the neighborhoods of the barangay—coddling the idle, luring the weak,… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Corruption in the barangay (actually in public life, generally)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 January) — Corruption in the barangay, our basic political unit, as well as in other units of government, is like sin that lurks in the… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Will there be democracy in the Bangsamoro entity? Our nominal democracy

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/07 Jan.) — Very soon, we’re made to believe, the formal adoption of the proposed framework agreement on the Bangsamoro entity will take place. It will… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Let’s get serious about good governance

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/06 Jan.) — We really should get serious about good governance and learn how to behave like mature citizens of a democracy. Mature citizens of a… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Good Governance Is Citizen Power

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/05 January) –If you believe that the essence of democracy is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, it follows that… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Now is a good time for reforms

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/4 January)—This is a good time to start reforms, which to be effective should start at the grassroots, meaning at the barangay level. It is at… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Those selfish, power-greedy dynasties

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/03 Jan.) — Ours is supposed to be a Democracy. It means we are equal as to rights and opportunities; that we believe in the Rule… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Those abusive rebels, mercenaries

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/31 Dec.)– It’s been decades since Jose Ma. Sison, alias Amado Guerrero, launched his Maoist version of communism in a barangay somewhere in Pangasinan when they… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Dynastic officeholders should be ashamed of themselves

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/28 December) — Filipino values tell us it is shameful to monopolize something that should be open to all, because ours is an equal opportunity society.… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: What do you do if there’s no government to speak of or turn to?

CAGAYAN DE  ORO (MindaNews/27 December)–As far as I can tell, this is a question that no one has bothered to address, thus one to which we have no ready answer.… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Leading Citizens Ought to Lead, to Edify

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/30 Nov.) — Contemplating conditions in our barangays, with their generally shabby, disorderly appearance, one would think there’s a dearth of cultured people in them, people… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Rid of Pork, Let’s Have Real Democracy Now!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/28 Nov.) — For decades, pork and the perks it afforded to abusive leaders corrupted our political system and dashed our hopes of seeing integrity, honesty,… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Consensus and Our Barangay Assembly

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 November)–Coaxing harmony out of diversity is a difficult task. Imagine how much more difficult is bringing harmony to a region so diverse and complicated as… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: SNAFU

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/ 03 November) — SNAFU is the acronym for “situation normal all f***ed up”– a term with obscene undertones widely used by U.S. soldiers during World… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Charade, Anyone?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/1 November)—Charade is a game in which something is said or done in order to pretend that something is true when it’s really not true. It… »

WORM’S-EYE VIEW: The elections: Ugly and grievous and unbecoming

CAGAYA DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 31 Oct) – No need to trot out the ugly statistics of vote buying and other widely-reported anomalies attending the just-concluded elections to say… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Voting is merely one step to reforms

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/28 October) — The quest for reforms, for clean and honest government, must be unending. And it must start with the vote we cast in our… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: The election is over but the counting

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 Oct) — Election Day is still a day away, but let’s face it: even now we know that a lot of questionable votes will be… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Political Corruption Starts With Misguided Voters

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/26 October)–A vote importuned by patronage, cast in exchange for money or goods, or obligated by favors or political indebtedness is a misguided or corrupt vote.… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: It’s Payback Time!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/25 October)–The scale of plunder and corruption in politics has reached untenable levels, but we probably haven’t seen the worst yet. It wouldn’t be a surprise… »

THE WORM’S-EYE VIEW: Watch out: The zombies are back in full force!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Oct) – A zombie is a person who seems to have no mind or no will of his own. In horror films, a… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Prepare well this time; the choice is ours to make

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 October)–All of this is familiar to all, but as corny as it may sound, the barangay election is the sacred rite of a community of… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Review the barangay government’s performance

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Oct) ­– With elections just around the corner, it’s important to review the performance of the current (or outgoing) administration of the barangay.… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Challenge for ‘Mr. Civic Leader’ and ‘Mrs. Concerned Citizen’

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Oct) – Today’s build up practically everywhere of exclusive habitats (subdivisions, townships, and other gated enclaves) reveals with increasing clarity two contrasting faces… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Why bad governance persists below and all over

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 Oct.) — We’ve mentioned on other occasions the failure of the middle and upper classes to participate in their community’s undertakings; that this is a… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: This election, remember: Graft and corruption starts from below

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 9 Oct) – Graft and corruption refers to the dishonest use of one’s position to gain advantage, favors, or illicit wealth. It involves abuse… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Quick review of governance at primary level (Part II: The Barangay Assembly)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/08 Oct.) — It cannot be overemphasized that this is the community’s parliament, the supreme governing body of the barangay. With an all-inclusive membership (all residents… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Quick review of the primary level of our government

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/07 Oct.) — As we approach the barangay election on October 28, let us review a few aspects that a constituent and a candidate should know… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: How about a quiet revolution?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/02 October)—“Revolutions happen in quiet places.” This was a popular mantra printed on posters in the 1960s, the decade of fiery activism here and abroad. Plastered… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: How trapos corrupt our political system

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/30 Sept.) — Let’s hope the bold steps being taken against those involved in the pork barrel scam, along with the radical shuffling of personnel at… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Lessons from traditional politics, bad politicians

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 September)–What more do we Filipinos need in order to learn, be chastened by, and do something about the way traditional politics and bad politicians lead… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Still unconvinced about pork? Let’s have lifestyle checks!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 September) — Some people, mostly trapos or traditional politicians, still believe in the Pork Barrel system as an instrument of governance. They’re so enamored of… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Pork as irresistible tempter and corrupter

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – Why do you think they give a lawmaker’s pork barrel allocation an innocent-sounding label like “Priority Development Assistance Fund” or PDAF?… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Pork: Testament to Recklessness

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/01 September) — The revolting revelations of pork abuse should serve to educate our voters on the effects of their vote. May they see the connection… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: How fix broken faith, confidence, self-respect?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Aug) – How sad, how saddening, to contemplate the turn of events in our society… thievery, opportunism… betrayal of public trust… high officials… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Who Likes Pork Barrel?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/22 August)–President Aquino does. He’s adamant about retaining pork for congressmen and senators in addition to their already over-generous perks. He even includes the vice president… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Mr. President: Join the million man march!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Aug) – And while you’re at it, roll that PORK BARREL away… NOW! No one can mistake the outrage being vented on the… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Senior citizens, arise!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/17 August) — Senior citizens, the elderly in our society, are the longest living Filipinos on earth. In their heart, mind, and spirit are the collective… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Barangay elections can civilize community

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Aug) – In just 10 weeks, on October 28, elections will once again stir up the barangay neighborhood, home of every sovereign Filipino.… »

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