WORM’S EYEVIEW: Why there’s so much disorder and corruption

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 28 May) – People say we lack discipline. It’s true but the citizenry is not entirely to blame for the anarchy and disorder around… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Pork ballooned with the rise of trapos and the decay of the party system

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 24 May) – Poor Janet Lim-Napoles: her name has become a Black Hole in which to dump all the dirt and dishonesty cooked up… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Good Governance, Good Constituency

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 May) — Most people think they know what good governance is. From the way they talk you’d think they know all there is to know… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Governing without sense of propriety

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 May) — The pork barrel scam is an object lesson on what happens when high officials blur the line between the functions of the three… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: What We Really Want From the Bangsamoro Agreement

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/06 May) — The greatest any Filipino or Mindanaon can expect from the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro is genuine peace, the goodwill it fosters for… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: The folly of supporting misleaders

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/05 May) — Traditional politicians who will not willingly step down to give others a chance to enter the public service are not true leaders. They… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Are you happy staying home?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/2 May) — Why do people leave home, their community, or our country? Simple: they’re unhappy; something is lacking that can only be satisfied or found… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: It’s not enough to replace corrupt leaders

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/1 May) — Unfortunately for the elite and the elitists who claim to want reforms, they don’t seem to know that voice and visibility are important… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Time to get serious about autonomy, especially in Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 April) – People can talk as much as they like about wanting good governance but nothing will improve unless they learn to do… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Lessons from traditional politics

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 28 April) – Today’s PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund, or pork barrel allowances) scandal firmly establishes the pandemic scope of dishonesty, shamelessness, and corruption… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Service-oriented and Orderly Abroad; Sana Also at Home

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/26 April)—Remember Dr. Jose Rizal’s essay on “The Indolence of the Filipino?” It confronted the prejudice of Spanish colonials towards Filipinos (whom they called indios) as… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Typecasting OFWs as caregiver/domestic worker

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/25 April) — It’s been an awkward source of pride to many of our countrymen that OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) are stereotyped abroad as domestic service… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Persistent cynicism

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) — In a way, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) can thank the weakness of our democracy for the concessions it won from negotiating… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: The Pathetic State of Our Democracy

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/23 April) — It’s really too bad that we’ve passed up so many opportunities to entrench the democratic spirit and institutionalize democratic habits and practices in… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: The imperative of hands-on democracy now

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 21 April) – We’ve had over a century of democracy and electoral politics but real democracy and inclusive development—its putative by-product—continues to be elusive.… »

MINDAVIEWS WORM’S EYEVIEW: Political will must reflect the will of the people

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — So much is said of the importance of “political will” in leadership whether in or out of government, usually as regards strength of… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: What’s our idea of community?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 13 April) – The impending birth of the Bangsamoro entity and its official recognition as a distinct community should give us pause. It should… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Is “Matuwid na Daan” A Mere Slogan?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) — Apart from being just a mere slogan, it could also be a vision and a mission. It could be a vision of propriety… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Political will and the Bangsamoro

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – To cynics and skeptics about the Bangsamoro peace deal: suppose we give peace a chance, what would we lose and what… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Build Defenses of Peace!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/8 April) — The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) deserves a celebration, like a reunion or homecoming does. After all, it’s the coming together of… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Christian Bigots, Muslim Fundamentalists

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/7 April) — Someone said something attention-getting: “Pray less and work more!” He said this was the way to dig our society out of its problems… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Reality check (on sincerity, good governance)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – Just a few more days and it’ll be Saturday, March 29 – the day synchronized Barangay Assembly meetings will take place… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: People Power: The Barangay Assembly

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) — Ideally, beginning Saturday, March 29, when the Barangay Assembly convenes nationwide, People Power should awaken in every community. It is the surest way… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Why discourage assembly or curtail autonomy?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/23 March) — There will be “synchronized” Barangay Assembly meetings nationwide on Saturday, March 29. It’s unclear how synchronized assemblies promote autonomy or local governance, but… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: What Will Your Barangay Discuss Next Week?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/21 March) — Has any of your local governments ever held consultations on any issue? I mean, real consultations—not simulated/manipulated hearings where pompous, pretentious, or pedantic… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Our Parliament in Waiting

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 March) — In her glory days, Pres. GMA referred to our country as a ”Strong Republic.” Perched atop its totem pole, I guess it was… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: What’s the Real Story on the BIFF?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 March) — As the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) gets closer to its objective—which we are asked to believe is GENUINE PEACE and NOT SECESSION—there… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Who’s Minding the Defenses of Peace?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) — “Since wars begin in the minds of men,” states the charter of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), “it is… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Can a conversation contribute to peacemaking?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 3 March) – I have likened the imminent signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) as a “shotgun wedding,” doing so somewhat… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Is Peace an Objective or Just a Tactic?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/1 March)–The signing of the annexes to the proposed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB)—presumably the terms and conditions for peace in Mindanao—have set the stage… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: We flunked the lesson of EDSA, big-time!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/25 February) — What a pity! It is now 28 years since we showed the world how People Power can be a force for peaceful change,… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: How useful are NGOs?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/23 Feb) – Scratch any activist and you’ll find a frustrated idealist impatient for reforms. He wants to make a difference, and will act by himself… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Emerging, Reconciling

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 February)–In a sense, pushing the Bangsamoro deal through is like coaxing two uneasy and not entirely friendly parties to submit to a shotgun wedding. Not… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Taking the People for Granted

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 February) — One wonders why, as our society gets more sophisticated, our bureaucracy growing larger, and social media’s widening outreach at their beck and call,… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Still more hard questions

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 February) — Hardly a day passes but that there’s violence somewhere in Mindanao, especially in areas of contention in the peace negotiations. Ambush, kidnapping, killing,… »

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… »

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