THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Those greedy Chinese communist bullies!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/25 April) — Ignoring international rules of engagement, especially United Nations protocols, China defies diplomatic efforts to settle its wild claims to ownership of islands in… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Taking a leap of faith on the BBL

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 22 April) – The MILF Panel Chairman, Mohagher Iqbal, has been asking—as does PNoy as well as the government negotiating panel—that we “fast-track” the… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: BBL seals a partnership of equals

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/21 April) — The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is really a step towards reconciliation, the smoothing out of historic grievances, differences, even enmity, of fraternal… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: An alias is an issue of trust and confidence

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 April) — It is good that the truce with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has held fast thus far, prevailing more or less throughout… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: What hindsight tells us

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 9 April) – As they say, hindsight is 20-20 vision. Looking back, it is clear now how myopic the central government had been in… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: The demise of real political parties

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/07 April) — It’s unfortunate for our electorate that the days of formal political parties seem to be gone. As we approach the 2016 elections, party… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Development focus would moderate obsessive politics

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 2 Apr) – Middle and upper class citizens ought to show more interest and participation in local governing activities, even if only to show… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: What good do synchronized barangay assemblies serve?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) — One wonders what good the synchronized barangay assemblies do for the grassroots in terms of empowering the people, good governance for the community,… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Final call for attendance in Barangay Assembly

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – Do attend and take part in the session of your Barangay Assembly on Saturday, March 28. It is a synchronized nationwide… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Take charge!

[This takes off from previous pieces on the same topic, which dealt with steps in empowering a citizen (Step Nos. 1 to 4), as a way to prepare for the… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Be empowered in your barangay (Part 3)

[This takes off from previous columns on the same topic, which dealt with empowering a citizen (Step Nos. 1 and 2), as a way of preparing for the synchronized Barangay… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Be empowered in your barangay (Part 2)

(This takes off from the previous column on the same topic, dealing with the need to empower citizens in their own community. It is offered here in anticipation of the… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Empower Your Barangay: Basic Unit of our Republic (Part 1)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 19 March) – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is urging everyone throughout the nation to attend their respective Barangay Assembly… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: We need to act out our resolutions

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews) — If we shift to the federal form of government at this time, it’s unlikely that things will change for the better. The traditional politicians… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Dreaming of a peace dividend

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) — The best peace dividend we, Mindanawons, can earn from a successful conclusion to the Bangsamoro issue would be law and order, one instituted… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Little things below that make up the big things in the nation

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 5 March) – Most people think governing is a task performed by people in power only, that it only concerns public officials, while the… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Let not federalism conjure feudalism

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/03 March) — A federal system is best instituted where people are already conditioned for autonomy and have actual, hands-on experience of self-government. And it’s not… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Make autonomy operative first before going federal

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 Feb) — Federalism should not be viewed as a panacea for our problems in politics and government. Shifting to a federal system can also be… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Passive citizens make federalism an oligarchy

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Feb) – Advocates of the federal system of government had better be sure about how they define it, how it is implemented, what… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Why would P-Noy emasculate local autonomy?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Feb) – If the first floor of an edifice is unstable, chances are that the upper floors become unstable as well. And if… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: THE dysfunctional state of local governance

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/17 February) — The Local Government Code (R.A. 7160) must be among our least apprehended pieces of legislation, especially as regards its provisions for governing the… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Belittling, taking local governments for granted

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 February) — Government and media reports on police and military operations in Mindanao’s localities and other regions rarely mention the role, if any, of the… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Federalism grassroots up

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 5 Feb) – Had the spirit of autonomy been promoted since the Local Government Code (R.A. 7160) was enacted in 1991, we would all… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Federal, parliamentary: It’s been ready to go since 1991!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Feb) – Those who want to shift to the federal system with a parliamentary government shouldn’t find it such a big challenge. Such… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: The inroads of traditional politics

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/02 February) — Widespread corruption in our country stems largely from the capture of the political system by greedy, shameless, or corrupt traditional politicians (trapos) who… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Who’s for a federal-parliamentary government?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/31 January) — I keep receiving messages asking to join the movement towards federalism with a parliamentary form of government—as if the proposal, or at least… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Letting MILF, BIFF, ASG or others carve out Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/30 January) — There isn’t a square meter of land or underwater area within the jurisdiction of our Republic that does not fall under the jurisdiction… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: It’s time for a federal system in Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Jan) – The helter-skelter way our government conducts peace-building keeps on backfiring. They seem never to learn. It reminds one of The Gang… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Families subverting our values and institutions

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – So much is said about the role and value of the family. Well and good. Because family is the most basic… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Failed intentions

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/25 January) — We’re often warned about the road to hell being paved with good intentions. Well-intentioned leaders promise deliverance from hellish conditions, offering their leadership… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Government is everybody’s business

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Jan) – We tend to think of governing as a task performed by people in power (public officials), that it only concerns them… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Tend to your community now, not later!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Jan) – Practically everyone claims to want good governance for the country, for their province, their city, and so on down the line.… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: We should learn to handle man-made disasters

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 3 Jan) – Thank God Typhoon Senyang exited the Philippine area after only three days; still, it left the usual devastation in its wake,… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Ersatz parties bastardize democracy

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/01 January) — There should be no place for fake or make-believe political parties in our system. They merely flatter the vanity of their masters, expand… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Good parties assure good governance

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/30 December) — There’s talk already of a Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Party a-forming. Let’s hope they’re going about it properly, that it’s going to… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Without real parties gimmicks and corruption prevail

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/29 December) — Twilight for the so-called Daang Matuwid is fast approaching, the final stretch of the “Straight Path” proclaimed by the B. S. Aquino presidency.… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Rizal and the sickness called “indolence”

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/28 December) — Now over a century since Dr. Jose P. Rizal was executed at Bagong Bayan in Luneta on December 30, 1998, let us be… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Social irresponsibility, political immaturity

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/20 December)–One wonders whether as a people we’re really fit for freedom or independence. In a family, a measure of a person’s readiness to earn his… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Will PNoy really do away with pork?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Dec) — Pork barrel allocations have been such an effective instrument of congressional longevity and presidential manipulation that some people wonder what effect… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Autonomy would have paved way to federal

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — Had Mindanaon leaders, especially the long-time power-holders and alternating incumbents, taken the state policy of autonomy seriously—or at least since 1991 when the… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: The BBL deserves to live and flourish! (Part 1)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/29 November) — I have just read the House version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law in its entirety. Offhand, I would have to say it… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Traitors in our midst

Treason: treachery towards one’s country or government; betrayal of one’s country to an enemy. Traitor: one who is disloyal; one who betrays his country, cause, friends, etc. – Webster’s Dictionary… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Heroes or villains?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) – The Senate Blue Ribbon Sub-Committee hearings are alleged to be in-aid-of-legislation; in reality they’re less of a hearing and more of… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Why we remain politically immature

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Nov) – A careful reading of the Local Government Code (R.A. 7160)—particularly in creating the barangay and its Barangay Assembly—would reveal that the… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Everyone has a role and both matter a lot

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/17 November) — We are all citizens of a democracy. Public official or plain citizen, we play a role in government, and each role is important.… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Setting norms, firming up our Republic

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/12 November) — The base of the pyramid that is our Republic needs fixing. We the people—its foundation—need to be aligned and attuned, to perk up… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Doing Jojo Binay a great favor

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/08 November) — Remember two or so weeks ago when the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee was in session to highlight more alleged corruption in Makati while… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Youth can enhance their own quality of life

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Nov) – There’s a group in the barangay—the Katipunan ng Kabataan (KNK)—which is supposed to be the largest association of youths in every… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Why so unprepared and unable to cope?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/04 November) — The barbaric Abu Sayyaf has long been violating human rights, our national laws, and other universal laws. Yet it is only now that… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Mission possible for today’s youth?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/02 November) — The youth can address problems that bedevil politics in the community. With their innate idealism and sense of fairness, unless they’re thoroughly corrupted… »

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