MIND DA NEWS: For Now, Best Options

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 May) — The establishment of Bangsamoro as meaningful autonomy under the realm of justice, peace and prosperity is in a seriously precarious situation unless… »

MIND DA NEWS: BBL Guessing Game

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 May) – The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law pending in the Congress since early September 2014 is now the subject of a guessing game. Fate… »

MINDA DA NEWS: Not the “Common Man”

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 May 2015) — MindaNews reported last Thursday, May 7 (House leaders to peace advocates: BBL won’t be less than ARMM) House Speaker Feliciano Belmente Jr. as… »

COMMENT: BBL: Citizens’ Peace Council Tells Congress (2)

II. More on the Police GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 May) — This piece is a continuation of two BBL comments – one, “On Deleted Provisions”, and the other, “Citizens’ Peace… »

COMMENT: BBL: Citizens’ Peace Council Tells Congress

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 5, 2015 – Last April 27, the Citizens’ Peace Council, with one of its convenors, former Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide Jr., reporting, told the House… »

COMMENT: BBL: On Deleted Provisions (continuation)

 I. On Bangsamoro Police (Continuation) GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 April) — Some provisions of Article XI on “Public Order and Safety” of Draft BBL (HB 4994 and SB… »

COMMENT: BBL: On Deleted Provisions

I. On Bangsamoro Police GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 24, 2015 – The House AHCBBL (Ad Hoc Committee on Bangsamoro Basic Law) said it had deleted five provisions of the Draft… »

COMMENT: A New Wall Is Rising

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 April) – A new wall to scale is rising in the path of Draft BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law – HB 4994, SB 2408)) even… »

COMMENT: BBL: Meaningfulness and Transition

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 19 April) — Passing a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that embodies Draft BBL virtually intact is not enough to have a BBL meaningful for the establishment… »

COMMENT: BBL: To Be Meaningful

(Continued from yesterday) GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 15, 2015 – This piece has a two-question proposition: Is there hope to pass a meaningful BBL? If there is, is there a… »

COMMENT: BBL: To Be Meaningful

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 14, 2015 – Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, O.M.I. convened the Friends of Peace at Asian Institute of Management in Makati City last April 6. The… »

Mind da News: Aliases and Double Standard

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 10, 2015 – Mohagher Iqbal, chief negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, is in the news today (“Aliases may affect peace process – senators”, The… »

COMMENT: BBL: To Insure Constitutionality II

Last of two parts Diverging Tracks GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 3, 2015 – Draft BBL is constitutional within the flexibility of the Constitution according to the legal minds of the… »

COMMENT: BBL: To Insure Constitutionality II

Part 1 of 2 GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 2 April) – Incidentally, this is a sequel of “BBL: To Insure Constitutionality” (COMMENT No. 8:15, February 16, 2015). In that… »

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… »

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