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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Can patriotism deter a dynasty?

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Can patriotism deter a dynasty?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/22 June) -- One wonders whether there is in families that practice dynastic politics sufficient idealism, altruism, or caring for our society—enough to motivate them to ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Political dynasties keep people powerless

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Political dynasties keep people powerless

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 June) -- This business of relying on strong men and women to govern our community must cease. It’s what keeps our society politically immature—leader-dependent, spoon ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Insulting voters’ intelligence

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Insulting voters’ intelligence

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) -- It’s a sad commentary on the quality of our leaders that their alleged political parties are nothing more than personal convenience vehicles for their politi ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Chaos pretending to be a ‘party system’

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Chaos pretending to be a ‘party system’

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) ­– Politics is on full throttle now, with lots of grandstanding all over the place and lots of maneuvering between and among the traditional politicos—trapos— ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: What federalism are they talking about?

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: What federalism are they talking about?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/09 June)-- A federal system must be rooted on local autonomy, in which people are well-informed, serious about self-government—and conscientious in performing their role ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: A political dynasty insults community, offends solidarity

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: A political dynasty insults community, offends solidarity

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/06 June) -- People who subscribe to the idea that their family has a right to rule over other families—meaning, the rest of the community—betray an arrogance and an inse ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Our society’s loss from tolerating political dynasties

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Our society’s loss from tolerating political dynasties

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 4 June) – How many reformists with progressive ideas and promising leaders are prevented from political careers or elbowed out of politics by avaricious oligarchs who ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: The scourge of political dynasties

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: The scourge of political dynasties

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/01 June) -- It is the supreme irony of our times that no sooner did we rid our society of the curse of dictatorship in 1986 than an epidemic of political dynasties break ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Party politics, elections under MILF

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Party politics, elections under MILF

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 May) – It’s unfortunate that many of the most deplorable abuses that figured in elections past were perpetrated in Muslim-dominated areas of Mindanao including the ...

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WORM’S EYEVIEW: Our fascination with titles and dynasties

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Our fascination with titles and dynasties

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 21 May) – I guess it’s human to be fascinated by titles—especially “royal” titles like “datu,” “sultan,” or other honorific including the academic variety like “Doctor ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Trapos not the best exemplars of Federalism

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Trapos not the best exemplars of Federalism

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/17 May) -- We should be wary about traditional politicos who want to shift to the federal system of government but who cannot claim to exemplify its workings. If anythin ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Our fascination with perversion

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Our fascination with perversion

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 13 May) – It’s perplexing how we tolerate perverse political behavior, letting corrupt practices contaminate the bureaucracy and the community. Not a day passes but th ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Trickle-down federalism won’t work

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Trickle-down federalism won’t work

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/12 May) -- The essence of federalism is local autonomy or self-government. In other words, it starts with the people; not with those who initiate it or invest in its est ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Manny Pacquiao should know he has duties

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Manny Pacquiao should know he has duties

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY  (MindaNews/09 May) -- The Pacman is a billionaire many times over. And he’s getting wealthier by the day—not just from boxing but from all sorts of lucrative endorsements, sponsor ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Autonomy must underpin a federal system

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Autonomy must underpin a federal system

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 6 May) – When I first came upon Republic Act 7160 (The Local Government Code of 1991), I was impressed with its empowering provisions and its potentials for awakening ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Begin transforming Mindanao now

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Begin transforming Mindanao now

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/05 May) -- With the onset of peace and cooperation occasioned by the Bangsamoro Basic Law’s passage, there’s a lot of multi-tasking to be done, implementing measures to ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Federalism in a society of oligarchs

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Federalism in a society of oligarchs

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/02 May) -- What happens if we adopt the federal form of government? Not much, really; not especially at the local level—and more so in constituencies that seem enamored ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Off with the mask and the alias now!

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Off with the mask and the alias now!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Apr) – As the final phase of Congress’s consideration of the Bangsamoro Basic Law nears the end, let us reflect on some of its implications at personal level, where ...

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

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 i ...

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

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 acceptance or ap ...

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

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 frat ...

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

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 negotiation process ( ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: What hindsight tells us

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 its treatment of Mindanao, failing to he ...

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

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 labels still survive ...

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

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 agreement or disapproval of ...

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

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, and i ...

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

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 event decreed by Proclamation No. 2 ...

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WORM’S EYEVIEW: Take charge!

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 synchronized Barangay Assemblies scheduled on Sat ...

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

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 Assemblies scheduled on Saturday ...

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

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 nationwide conduct of Barangay A ...

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

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 on Saturda ...

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

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 (trapos) who dominate g ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Dreaming of a peace dividend

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 with an iron r ...

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

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 rest of the people (who are not i ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Let not federalism conjure feudalism

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 ...

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

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 a ploy of entrenched tradit ...

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

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 role the people will play in its dynam ...

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

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 basic unit of a republic is weak and unas ...

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

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 b ...

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

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 local g ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Federalism grassroots up

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 have developed proficiency in autonomy ...

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

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 a system has been prescribed by law ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: The inroads of traditional politics

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 (tra ...

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

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 idea ...

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

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 of a government un ...

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

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 who couldn’t Shoot St ...

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

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 of our roots and our loyalties—our basic identity, su ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Failed intentions

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 ...

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

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 while the rest (who are not officials) are ...

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

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. Yet bad governance persists, on ...

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