About Patricio P. Diaz

COMMENT: Notes from SONA 2016

COMMENT: Notes from SONA 2016

On War vs. Drug GENERAL SANTOS CITY, August 19, 2016 – In the first part of this “COMMENT” article last week, we noted at the end four major issues: (1) war against criminality and drug in disregard o ...

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MIND DA NEWS: Approved, Authorized But Wrong

MIND DA NEWS: Approved, Authorized But Wrong

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 Aug 2016) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte, with due respect to the 16 million Filipinos who elected him, has approved and authorized the burial of the disgraced Pres ...

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COMMENT: Notes from SONA 2016

COMMENT: Notes from SONA 2016

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – With his first State of the Nation Address last July 25, President Rodrigo R. Duterte broke protocol, precedents and tradition. As he entered the Batasang Pam ...

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COMMENT: Manny, Mandate Matters

COMMENT: Manny, Mandate Matters

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 18, 2016 – The Philippine Star, July 13 and Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 14 reported that Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, now in his first term as “Senator Pacquiao” – the only ...

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COMMENT: A Sober View of Duterte-Media Tiff

COMMENT: A Sober View of Duterte-Media Tiff

Part 2: Opportune Moment (Continued from June 2) GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 27, 2016 – Philippine Daily Inquirer Columnist Amando Doronila sees the Duterte-media tiff as “an unprecedented test of wills ...

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COMMENT: A Sober View of Duterte-Media Tiff

COMMENT: A Sober View of Duterte-Media Tiff

Part 1: The Tiff GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 27, 2016 – At a May 31 press conference, reporters asked President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte what he would do about the long-nagging issue of media killing. T ...

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COMMENT: Duterte put in bad light

COMMENT: Duterte put in bad light

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 May) -- Unless it is his way of finding relief from his promises, presumptive President Rodrigo R. Duterte must restrain his cabinet-member designates and top allies ...

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COMMENT: BBL: Options Apt for Bangsamoro

COMMENT: BBL: Options Apt for Bangsamoro

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 May) – Will the Bangsamoro be established under the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte? MILF Chairman Murad Ebrahim sounds optimistic. (MindaNews, May 1 ...

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Mind da News: Poe loses but wins

Mind da News: Poe loses but wins

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 13, 2016 – Senator Grace Poe lost the presidential election but she has won a place in the history of Philippine election. As a graceful loser, she let “a first” happen since ...

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COMMENT: Election 2016 as We See It (II)

COMMENT: Election 2016 as We See It (II)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 May) -- Yesterday, with reference to presidential elections since 1930, we considered the 2016 presidential election issues as “old tale retold”; today, we will discu ...

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COMMENT: Election 2016 as We See It

COMMENT: Election 2016 as We See It

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 May) – We have observed Philippine elections since the 1930s. While blest with the most modern facilities, the 2016 election is old tale retold, the dirtiest and mos ...

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COMMENT: Duterte’s Rape Joke

COMMENT: Duterte’s Rape Joke

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 2¸ 2016 – One for the book -- presidential candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte’s April 12 joke on the Australian missionary who was taken hostage by prisoners in Davao Penal Colony t ...

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MIND DA NEWS: A ‘Must’: Will Congress See So?

MIND DA NEWS: A ‘Must’: Will Congress See So?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 27 April) – His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, OMI, Archbishop of Cotabato, convener of Friends of Peace, and Moro Elder Guiamel Alim are advocating the passage of ...

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COMMENT: Duterte: The Dilemma

COMMENT: Duterte: The Dilemma

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 22¸ 2016 – Ahead of the pack, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte has become “The Dilemma”. His massive support from across the social classes ABCDE casts him as the strong ...

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Mind da News: Sereno’s Warped Logic

Mind da News: Sereno’s Warped Logic

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, March 11, 2016 – Who taught Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno “Logic” and “Argumentation and Debate”? She has warped logic in her response to the criticisms by critics and legal expert ...

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COMMENT: Intriguing Media Stories

COMMENT: Intriguing Media Stories

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 February 2016) – Two media articles, a news report and an opinion article – both published online February 15 – intrigue. In the first, appearing in MindaNews and R ...

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COMMENT: A Crazy Acronym

COMMENT: A Crazy Acronym

­GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 February) -- Citing BOI (Board of Investment) Southern Mindanao chief Engr. Gil Dureza during a forum in Davao City on February 11, MindaNews on the same date repo ...

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COMMENT: … Biased Media, Too

COMMENT: … Biased Media, Too

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 11 Feb) – Bangsamoro is stalled. The BBL that would have launched it by June 30, 2016 had been disabled early in the Congress and substituted with the BLBAR. But, BLBA ...

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MIND DA NEWS:  Be like monkeys? Kamo na lang!

MIND DA NEWS: Be like monkeys? Kamo na lang!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 February) -- Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on February 4 (Sino envoy tells guests: Be like monkeys) that Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua exhor ...

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COMMENT: New Focus, Same Evidence

COMMENT: New Focus, Same Evidence

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 Feb) – Disregarding “new focus”, nothing new – nothing that can be considered new material evidence – came out at the 7-hour new inquiry on the Mamasapano debacle la ...

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Mind da News: Crying Insincere! Who Is?

Mind da News: Crying Insincere! Who Is?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 27, 2016 – On the bombing of transmission towers (18 since last November mostly in Lanao del Sur area), Sen. Francis Escudero, candidate for vice president, said: “There c ...

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COMMENT: A-DL, FOIL to BBL: “Hindi ka Nag-iisa”

COMMENT: A-DL, FOIL to BBL: “Hindi ka Nag-iisa”

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 26, 2016 – “A-DL” is Anti-Dynasty Law; “FOIL” is Freedom of Information Law. BBL is the original Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law. All three are still bills marooned in the 16th ...

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MIND DA NEWS: Bet? Not End of Capitol Rigodon

MIND DA NEWS: Bet? Not End of Capitol Rigodon

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 January) -- So, a P500-million capitol building of Maguindanao will rise in Buluan, the hometown of Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, reports MindaNews, January 20. The P500 ...

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COMMENT: DQ ‘Must-Dos’

COMMENT: DQ ‘Must-Dos’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 January) -- The credibility, as well as integrity, of the Commission on Elections and of the 2016 election is at stake in the disqualification cases against Sen. Gr ...

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COMMENT: BBL: Bangsamoro Banished Indefinitely

COMMENT: BBL: Bangsamoro Banished Indefinitely

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 15, 2016 – No matter how unacceptable, let it be stated simply: The Bangsamor is banished indefinitely. This is seen through prevailing circumstances that look irreversibl ...

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COMMENT: Overspinning can backfire

COMMENT: Overspinning can backfire

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 09 January) -- Senator Grace Poe got a reprieve for her beleaguered presidential candidacy last December 28 when the Supreme Court restrained temporarily the Commissio ...

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Mind da News: So? It’s Good?

Mind da News: So? It’s Good?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 5, 2016 – The six-year administration of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III must be “good”. Two lady senators, one a presidential candidate and the other a daughter of ...

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COMMENT: BBL: Who’s Violating the Constitution? Patricio P. Diaz

COMMENT: BBL: Who’s Violating the Constitution? Patricio P. Diaz

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 December) -- The Philippine Star (December 16, 2015: House drops opt-in provision from BBL) reported the House of Representatives “has decided to delete the controver ...

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MIND DA NEWS: ­BBL: Hopelessly Hoping

MIND DA NEWS: ­BBL: Hopelessly Hoping

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 9 Dec) – MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal is right, “If you look at the process, it looks like they (the Congress) can no longer de ...

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Mind da News: Poe Poor in Arithmetic

Mind da News: Poe Poor in Arithmetic

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 4, 2015 – Sen. Grace Poe cannot do simple addition. And, she and her legal counsel interpret the Constitution and international laws to suit her defense. In her Certifica ...

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MIND DA NEWS: Duterte running: He is the issue

MIND DA NEWS: Duterte running: He is the issue

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 Nov) – If Sen. Grace Poe is disqualified, she will no longer be the issue that had prompted Davao City Mayor to reconsider his “NO” for president and filed last Fri ...

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MIND DA NEWS: Duterte running, Poe is the Issue

MIND DA NEWS: Duterte running, Poe is the Issue

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 25 Nov) – It’s not yet official though from the horse’s mouth has come, “The die is cast. I have crossed the Rubicon”, immortal words of great Roman conqueror Julius C ...

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COMMENT: Degenerate Philippine Politics (2): II: Present State: Wrong Political Values

COMMENT: Degenerate Philippine Politics (2): II: Present State: Wrong Political Values

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 Oct) – To highlight the significance of the “free-for-all” in the filing of certificates of candidacy for president from October 12 to 16 – the first part of this “ ...

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COMMENT: Degenerate Philippine Politics (1)

COMMENT: Degenerate Philippine Politics (1)

I: Present State: Free-for-All Patricio P. Diaz GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 27, 2015 – Election is fun with media making it more entertaining. After the election, the elected continue the fun at the ...

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COMMENT: Political Party Tokenism

COMMENT: Political Party Tokenism

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 5, 2015 – In the Philippine political system today, political parties are just tokens. This “tokenism” set root when President Ferdinand E. Marcos abolished the two-party ...

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MIND DA NEWS: Tomorrow Never Ends

MIND DA NEWS: Tomorrow Never Ends

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 Sept) – Tomorrow never ends. So it seems do deadlines. The Congress has set December 16 as the new deadline for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (The Philipp ...

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COMMENT: Mamasapano Revisited (1)

COMMENT: Mamasapano Revisited (1)

I. Left or Right? GENERAL SANTOS CITY, September 22, 2015 – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, in his 777-word, 13-paragraph speech (English version) to open his September 17 news briefing at Mal ...

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Mind da News: Complicating the Simple

Mind da News: Complicating the Simple

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, September 18, 2015 – Last September 8, President Aquino, at the exclusive “Meet Inquirer Multimedia Forum” with the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s editors and staff, disclosed there ...

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COMMENT: Neglect Most Evident

COMMENT: Neglect Most Evident

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 September) – By coincidence, our urgent trip to Cotabato City last September 4 and the September 3 report of The Philippine Star that we downloaded that very night ...

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Mind da News: ‘Honorable’ but Irresponsible

Mind da News: ‘Honorable’ but Irresponsible

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, August 28, 2015 – In the media, they strongly express their optimism the House version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law would be passed next month despite that legislative action is at ...

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MIND DA NEWS: Heed Those Statements

MIND DA NEWS: Heed Those Statements

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Aug) – The leaders of the Congress, the Palace and the President, especially, must heed the latest statements from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front concerning the ...

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Minda da News: All Words, No Actions

Minda da News: All Words, No Actions

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, August 18, 2015 – Without leadership in action, the Bangsamoro Basic Law bill –even with its substitute name “Bangsamoro Autonomous Region Basic Law” – will not be passed by the p ...

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MIND DA NEWS: ‘CR’ 200% Anti-BBL

MIND DA NEWS: ‘CR’ 200% Anti-BBL

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 Aug) – “CR” is Senate “Committee Report 200” or Senate Bill No. 2894, the substitute to SB No. 2408 or the original Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law. Submitted to the Sen ...

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COMMENT: Two States of One Nation

COMMENT: Two States of One Nation

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, August 10, 2015 – The Filipinos have just been told by their two top elected officials of their nation’s contrasting states – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, most positive ...

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MIND DA NEWS: BBL ‘Binobola’ Lang

MIND DA NEWS: BBL ‘Binobola’ Lang

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 02 August) -- In Tagalog (Pilipino) and other Philippine dialects “bola”, adopted from Spanish, means “ball”. The verb form “binobola” has two meanings -- literally, “ ...

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MIND DA SONA: To Be Honest

MIND DA SONA: To Be Honest

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6:30 pm, 27 July 2015) – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III stepped down the podium about fifteen minutes ago, somber-faced. He did not shake hands with members of ...

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COMMENT: BBL: Aquino Assumes Command (2b)  

COMMENT: BBL: Aquino Assumes Command (2b)  

II. Truth on Sincerity Exposed (Continuation) GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 July 2015) -- The voting of the AHCBBL on its report as recapitulated in the first part of this article implied the weak ...

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COMMENT: BBL: Aquino Assumes Command (2)

COMMENT: BBL: Aquino Assumes Command (2)

II. Truth on Sincerity Exposed GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 24, 2015 – Part I of this article, “Leadership Strength Indicator”, was posted in MindaNews last May 28 and 29. Normally, Part II would have fo ...

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Mind da News: ‘Big Change’ Be the Issue

Mind da News: ‘Big Change’ Be the Issue

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 20, 2015 – After a six-hour dinner meeting -- 7 p.m. last June 16 to about an hour past midnight -- among President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, Senators Grace Poe and Franc ...

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COMMENT: Aquino’s Big Mistake

COMMENT: Aquino’s Big Mistake

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 July) – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III’s big mistake by now is his failure, during his term, to strengthen the Liberal Party as a national party – a “party ...

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