COMMENT: CIU: Chronic Affliction

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 Feb) – Jeremy Simons of “i-Emergence / Initiatives for International Dialogue” – coordinator of the Bangsamoro Cultural Advocacy Project, an instructor at the Mindanao… »

COMMENT: CAB! What of FAB?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/31 Jan) –– What of FAB is CAB? To Government Peace Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer: An Introductory note.  To Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, Presidential Peace Process Adviser: A… »

COMMENT: Repulsive! Let There Be Sense (3)

III. The Acid Test (2) GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 January) – The COA has reported the payments by 31 GOCCs and GFIs to their board directors or trustees… »

COMMENT: Repulsive! Let There Be Sense (2)

II. The Acid Test (1) GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 27, 2014 — The GOCCs and GFIs are questioning the COA report of their unauthorized payments of per diems, bonuses, etc.… »

COMMENT: Repulsive! Let There Be Sense

I. GOCCs/GFIs Ordered GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 January 22) – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III opened his first State of the Nation Address in July 2010, with… »

Mind da News: Aquino on Critics and Criticism

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 17, 2014 — President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III is intolerant of and sensitive to media criticism. And he lacks the finesse called for a person… »

Mind da News: Bridging the GAP

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 14, 2014 – Luwaran is the official publication of the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) Central Committee. This was the brainchild of Mohagher Iqbal, MILF Vice… »

COMMENT: An Option to Consider (5A)

V. Dilemma and Option [Author’s Note: This article is fifth and last in the series Option to Consider. The fourth in the series, “Crucial Stage”, was published in MindaNews on… »

COMMENT: GAA In; SARO Out

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 6, 2014 – The abolition of the SARO (Special Allotment Release Order by the DBM (Department of Budget Management) seems most commendable: “to accelerate releases so… »

COMMENT: Ban and No Ban: A Modest Proposal

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 2 January) – For the last several years, I had let the old and new years come and go with shrugs – the bangs and… »

COMMENT: Yearend Notes 2: On Quips and Quirks

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 31, 2013 – Quips and quirks are spices of life. Time was, in the days of kings, that fools were the fonts of wisdom. The serious… »

COMMENT: Yearend Notes: Time Tells No False Tale

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 December) — Man for all his arts may dissemble. But as time inexorably moves on, he comes to grips with truth, sooner or later, as truth… »

MIND DA NEWS: Last Recourse

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 December) – Six Party List members of the Makabayan Bloc in the House of Representatives have petitioned the Supreme Court to stop Meralco from implementing the… »

Mind da News: Admitting Impotency?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 18, 2013 – “Giving the public respite from oil and power rate increases is not within the power of President Aquino to grant at this point.… »

COMMENT: Comelec Testing Powers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 December) – While testing its powers, the Commission on Elections is also on trial. In requesting the Congress and the Department of Interior and… »

MIND DA NEWS: An Unsuspecting Victim

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 December) – Poor Manny! Indi unta mapakyaw ang iyang mga milyon. (We hope he will not lose wholesale his millions.) He is pleading innocence… »

Mind da News: Lifetime Tax-Exempt?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 10, 2013 –  At no other time since the Commonwealth transition to Republic (1935-1946) but today – 78 years after – that members of the House… »

COMMENT: Footnote to Popularity

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/7 December) – Nothing is wrong with popularity as it is; but misdirected, it becomes a menace to person, society and the nation. It is with this thought… »

COMMENT: Evading Punches, Evading Taxes

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 Dec) – Except on December 9, 2012 when Juan Manuel Marquez flattened him with one lethal punch, Manny Pacquiao – as “Rep. Emmanuel D.… »

COMMENT: Closer to Home

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/29 November) – More than half-way (three years and five months) into his six-year term, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III is facing one of the greatest,… »

COMMENT: At Random: Patronage Politics (3)

III. Heart of Corruption GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 November)– The DAP is justified for avowed economic and social benefits done through it for the country. HoOwever, wWithout the DAP, the… »

MIND DA NEWS: Best Witnesses in Ampatuan Massacre

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 November)– That commentary of Carlos H. Conde in yesterday’s MindaNews says a lot that concerned government authorities, particularly the Court, must hear, heed and act upon… »

COMMENT: Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Unconstitutional

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 Nov) – Last November 19, the Supreme Court declared the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) unconstitutional. The declaration was “beyond reasonable doubt” on two… »

MIND DA NEWS: Go Home?… No! No! No! … Yankees, S.O.S!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 November) – In “better” times, “embittered” Filipino nationalists and activists cry out, “Yankees, Go Home”! The Yankees stay.  In “battered” times, Filipinos hope and pray, if… »

COMMENT: At Random: Patronage Politics (2)

II. On the DAP GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 November)–The concepts underlying the SPF, PSF and PDAF are good. However, presidents and leaders in the Congress have tampered the concepts to… »

MIND DA NEWS: Pathetic

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 November) – As this article was being written, the search, rescue and relief operations in Tacloban City was expected to improve – that is, search the… »

COMMENT: At Random: Patronage Politics (1)

I. Despite the Doctrine Patricio P. Diaz GENERAL SANTOS CITY, November 8, 2013 – Do we really want to rid the Philippines of the social and political evils hounding the… »

MIND DA NEWS: Aquino Misses Vital Issues

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/2 November) – At 7:45 p.m. last October 30, President Bengino S. Aquino III, addressed the nation on ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel) of the ABS-CBN Television. In… »

COMMENT: Barangay Notes at Random

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 31 Oct) – Last Monday afternoon, as the last ballots dropped into the boxes nationwide, the hallelujahs and hosannas praising the barangay as the basic… »

COMMENT: Curious! Just Curious (3)

III. Standoff Could Have Been Avoided GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 20, 2013 – On top of the economic cost of the three-week Zamboanga City “20-day war” in terms of property… »

MIND DA NEWS: FAB One Year: Road Blocked

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 October) – Today is the first anniversary of the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro.  At the signing last year, glowing speeches, all hail Bangsamoro! Today, pep talk,… »

COMMENT: Curious! Just Curious (2)

II. Standoff Not Necessary  GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 Oct) — To end Part I of this series, we restated the AFP’s recapitulation of the three-week Zamboanga City standoff… »

Mind da News: Hope Vague, Press On

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 11, 2013 – As Government and MILF end their 41st exploratory talks today the expectation is they can sign the Annex on Power-sharing even if the… »

MIND DA NEWS: Challenge to Accept or Reject

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 9 Oct) – The Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front 41st exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur is now ongoing – opening yesterday, October 8, to… »

COMMENT: Curious! Just Curious (1)

I. AFP’s Recapitulation   GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 7, 2013 – “The Zamboanga City crisis is officially over”, declared Malacañang last September 28, “Not over yet; clearing operations are still… »

COMMENT: Best Option? Preemption!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 1, 2013 – Three reports offer significant facts and insights to peace watchers and decision-makers in relation to the Zamboanga City “war”  or “crisis” three weeks… »

COMMENT: FVR’s ‘Win-win’ Turns ‘Loss-loss’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 Sept) – Of the four Philippine presidents after Ferdinand E. Marcos and before Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, we consider Fidel V. Ramos as… »

MIND DA NEWS: Depends on Misuari

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 September) –  Since the other day, by the media reports, the military has started the final stage of its operation to mop up the remaining MNLF… »

MIND DA NEWS :Blame It on Tactical Errors

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 September)– The MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) “invaders” of Zamboanga City have no chance. Numbering 180 (some reports say 300), how could they win against 3,000… »

MIND DA NEWS: Loss of Pork, Loss of Rights?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 11 Sept) – House representatives are evidently considering the loss of their pork, the loss of rights – the right of their constituents so-called to… »

MIND DA NEWS: Daang Matuwid Ignored

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Sept) – From the mounting reports on the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) or pork barrel scam, it is clear that the Daang Matuwid… »

MIND DA NEWS: More than Meet the Eye

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – There’s more than meet the eye in the Malacañang-Napoles affair. This is coming out of various media reports – broadcast, print, online… »

Mind da News: Aquino Gambles on Napoles

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, September 1, 2013 – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III has gambled on Janet Lim-Napoles at the risk of his credibility and the dignity of his office.… »

COMMENT: An Option to Consider (4)

IV. Crucial Stage GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 August) – The statements of the chief negotiators and of their principals should be noted for their significant differences. On the… »

Mind da News: Not the Time to Celebrate

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, August 26, 3013 – The organizers of the “Million People March” nationwide are right. President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino heard but has not listened. So, the March must… »

MIND DA NEWS: At the Heart of 39th ET

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 August)– Despite the “air of optimism” prevailing, negative expectation tempered with hope is at the heart of the ongoing Government-Moro Islamic Liberation Front 39th Exploratory Talks… »

COMMENT: Doing the Damage Control

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 August)– The 39th Exploratory Talks between the Philippine Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panels opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday morning and will end… »

MIND DA NEWS: [F/P]ilipino Culture of Inconsistency

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 Aug) – We [F/P]ilipinos are [f/p]unny [f/p]eople. That was what my father/pader said. We have a [F/P]ilipino culture of inconsistency although creating clear confusion.… »

COMMENT: An Option to Consider (3)

III. Closing the Gap GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 August) –The “heaven and earth” gap created by the GPH “3 for 1” Proposal boldly stated two realities: Government proclaimed, “This is… »

COMMENT: An Option to Consider (2)

II. Facing Realities GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 August)– How the FAB got stuck in the roadmap is water under the bridge. So are the questions: Could the peace process have… »

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