MIND Da NEWS: Apostles of Peace

  GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 March) — Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan from June 7, 1933 when it was founded as a first year high school until March… »

Mind da News: Careless Defense of the Care-less

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, March 24, 2015 – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, three months into his six-year term on August 23, 2010, revealed his lack of decisiveness. At about… »

MIND DA NEWS: American Equation Complemented

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 March) – Through enterprising reporters and their various sources, media exposed the American participation in “Oplan Exodus” and four other “Oplans”, dating back to… »

Mind da News: American Equation in BOI Report

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, March 17, 2015 – The Philippine National Police Board of Inquiry on the Mamasapano January 25 “Oplan Exodus” to get the Malaysian terrorist Julkipli bin Hir alias… »

Mind da News: Aquino III Losing His Equanimity?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, March 13, 2015 – We are wondering: Is President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III losing his equanimity? Or, should the proper question be “has he lost” rather… »

Mind da News: Justice for the Slain SAF 44

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, March 10, 2015 – To quote the Philippine Daily Inquirer (March 8, 2015: Palace: MILF won’t be spared in quest for justice for SAF 44), “Malacañang assured… »

COMMENT: An ominous prelude (3)

III. Disturbing updates GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 March) — The Bangsamoro Basic Law bill is in a very seriously disturbing situation. In Parts I and II of this series, our… »

Mind da News: To See Is to Believe

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, February 27, 2015 – The fatal difference that went against the 44 PNP SAF commandos who perished in the Mamasapano mis-encounter last January 25 was the failure… »

COMMENT: An Ominous Prelude? (2)

II. Prerogative and Compromise GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 Feb) – It has become clear the Bangsamoro Basic Law will not be passed as originally provided in the Draft… »

COMMENT: An Ominous Prelude? (1)

I. Take It or Leave It GENERAL SANTOS CITY, February 21, 2015 – At no other time than at this critical period in the wake of the Mamasapano incident —… »

COMMENT: BBL: To Insure Constitutionality

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, February 17, 2015 – With 54 session days remaining of the second regular session of the 16th Congress, the timeline to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law is… »

MIND DA NEWS: BBL Cast in Limbo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – The urgent Mindanao peace measure, the Bangsamoro Basic Law bill (HB 4994, SB 2804), is not doomed; but House Ad Hoc Committee… »

COMMENT: Marwan Dead at Pyrrhic Cost

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/8 February)– The question now is no longer “Is Marwan (alias of Jemaah Islamiyah bomb-terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir) dead?” His death has been confirmed by the US… »

COMMENT: BBL Innocent Victim?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 Feb) – The 12-hour encounter, more or less, between the Moro rebels and the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in Barangay Tukanalipao,… »

Mind da News: An Inconclusive Apology

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 30, 2015 — In a 23-paragraph, 2,328-word speech to the nation last January 28 on the January 25 Mamasapano PNP-SAF covert operation turned massacre, President Benigno… »

COMMENT: BBL: Ask the Supreme Court

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 26 , 2015 – What has been persistently being avoided appears now to be the ultimate solution. That can be the great paradox awaiting the Bangsamoro… »

COMMENT: President to the Pope

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 Jan) – What message did President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III intend to convey in his address when he welcomed Pope Francis in Malacañang… »

MIND DA NEWS: Pope Francis’ Homily

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 January) — Pope Francis homily at his first Mass of his visit at the Manila Cathedral towards noon today was on the theme of “love”, taking… »

COMMENT: BBL: Constitutionality in Letter or Spirit

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 January) — Despite the more than five months of “refinement” that the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) had undergone to ensure adherence to the… »

COMMENT: BBL: Santiago’s Firm Stand

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 January) — Luwaran, in its editorial of January 1-7, 2015, referred to “2015” as “the year of reckoning vis-à-vis the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).” Expressing anxiety:… »

Mind da News: BBL Timeline from the Senate

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 9, 2015 – Will the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) be signed by the end of March 2015 and submitted to a plebiscite by June according to… »

MINDA DA NEWS: Belmonte’s Assurance Puzzling

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 7 Jan) – Let’s get this straight. The earlier the 16th Congress can pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law during the remaining two sessions of its… »

Mind da News: Pope Francis’ Talk to the Curia

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 26, 2014 – Last December 22, Pope Francis had his annual meeting with the Roman Curia, the top central administrative body of the Roman Catholic Church… »

SEASON’S SPECIAL: Christmas through 80 Years

MINDAVIEWS SEASON’S SPECIAL: Christmas through 80 Years Patricio P. Diaz / MindaNews GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 December 2014) — In eighty years so much has changed; yet, it… »

COMMENT: Another Extension Puzzles

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 18, 2014 – The House of Representatives has reset again its timeline to pass its version (HB 4994) of the Bangsamoro Basic Law to March 2015… »

Mind da News: Correct but Is It Proper?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 15, 2014 – Review the various media reports. Evidently, the Purisima case has been correctly and fairly handled. It should not be questioned from that angle.… »

Mind da News: Anong Daang Matuwid?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 11, 2014 – Anong daang matuwid ang tinutukoy nila? In English: What straight path or road are they referring to? In Hiligaynon (formal Ilonggo): Anong matadlong… »

COMMENT: BBL: Don’t Miss the Key

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 December) — The House Ad Hoc Committee on Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) will end by December 17 its consultations and hearings on the proposed BBL. These… »

COMMENT: Media Killing and Impunity

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 6, 2014 – “Killing with impunity” has been plaguing the Philippines for decades. Human rightists have been blaming Government after Government for not stopping this. President… »

Mind da News: Cat Out of the Bag

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – December 3, 2014 – Presidential Communications Operations Office chief Herminio Coloma has just let the proverbial cat out of the bag (The Philippine Star, December 1,… »

COMMENT: Ampatuan Massacre: Much Spoken, Yet

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 Nov)– Much has been spoken about the Ampatuan Massacre. Yet, there are more to be spoken including some matters that today are unspeakable. Perhaps, someday when… »

COMMENT: BBL: 16th Congress the only Option, But …

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 Nov) – The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is still on the Committee hearing and consultation phase. Considered as a local bill, the enactment process… »

COMMENT: BBL: To Wait for the 17th Congress?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, November 21, 2014 – Will the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (HB 4994, SB 2408) have to wait for the 17th Congress. This is a realistic… »

COMMENT: Political Patronage: Root of Corruption

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, November 15, 2014 – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III launched his candidacy in 2010 on the platform of “daang matuwid (straight path)” in order to eliminate… »

COMMENT: Dirty Stuff, No Issues

            The Philippines is a stage where leading political stars             Rehearsing for the 2016 presidential elections strut             Brandish dirty stuffs for the world to see and hear            … »

COMMENT: BBL: More Transition Issues

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 October) – This is a sequel of “BBL: Transition Makes or Breaks” (COMMENT: MindaNews, October 26, 2014). In that, we quoted and discussed Sections… »

COMMENT: BBL: Transition Makes or Breaks

GENERALSANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 October) — While seemingly miscalculated, the Transition Period of Bangsamoro is what will make or unmake Bangsamoro –.to make the Moros happy, contented and progressive in their… »

COMMENT: BBL: Test of Moro Unity

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 22, 2014 – Will Moro leaders and their followers unite in Bangsamoro? The plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be the ultimate test. Is… »

COMMENT: Are We Really?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 Oct) – Philippine Daily Inquirer(October 14, 2014: Palace questions poll on ‘daang matuwid’) reported, “Malacañang on Monday refused to accept that 36 percent of… »

COMMENT: BBL: Issues on Territory

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 October)–Concerns were raised on the annexation to Bangsamoro of 39 barangays of North Cotabato during a Senate committee hearing in Cotabato City last October 8 (INQUIRER.net,… »

COMMENT: BBL: What in the Aftermath?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Oct) – The Bangsamoro Basic Law, by its title, is tri-functional. By these three functions, numbered in parentheses inserted in the title quoted below,… »

COMMENT: Misuari: Relevant, Necessary?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 6, 2014 – Is it necessary for Founding Chairman Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front to participate in committee hearings of the Congress on… »

Mind da News BBL Draft: Well Refined

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 1, 2014 – At the opening of the committee hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law bill at the Lower House last September 24 (Luwaran, September 29:… »


GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 Sept) — Last Monday, while surfing the net for the latest on the Bangsamoro Basic Law bill now in the Congress, we netted an Inquirer Mindanao… »

Mind da News: Scotland Is Not Moroland

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, September 24, 2014 – Posted on the OPAPP Website is the report “Peaceful Scottish referendum provides lessons for PH – Ferrer”. The report datelined “Manila, September 22”… »

COMMENT: At Last… but not the Last

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 September) — At last the Bangsamoro Basic Law bill is now with the Congress. During the 10 a.m. ceremony at Malacañan last September 10, Senate President… »

MIND DA NEWS: Keep Quiet, Please!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 04 Sept) — To OPAPP Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. and to the Presidential spokespersons, just one small request: Keep quiet, please.… »

MINDA DA NEWS: BBL: Respect Breeds Respect

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 Aug) – After 4 p.m. yesterday, I visited the website of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process to find the… »

MIND DA NEWS: BBL: Vital Questions

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/19 August)– By the end of this month or earlier, the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) draft, the proposed BBL bill, will be submitted to the Congress. Three reports… »

COMMENT: After the Bungling, the Scrambling

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 Aug) – No rhetoric and justifications can deny that the Office of the President (OP) legal team bungled the review of the Bangsamoro Basic… »

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