MIND DA NEWS: More questions than answers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 01 June) — The “Luy Files,” the 2002-2012 transactions of the JLN Corporation of Jane Lim-Napoles kept in computer hard disk by whistleblower Benhur Luy, appears… »

COMMENT: A Matter of Credibility

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 30, 2014 – Lawyer Bruce Rivera has done an excellent job in letting Janet Lim-Napoles take the offensive in the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) or… »

Mind da News: Endless Study

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, 26 May 2014 – It’s heartening to know that the eco-survival of Sarangani Bay is in the agenda of the present city government. (Mindanews, May 24 2014:… »

COMMENT: Apology for Napoles

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 25 May) — Lawyer Bruce Rivera besides lawyering for known PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) or pork barrel scam brain Napoles is also her apologist.… »

COMMENT: After Almost a Year, Still All Sounds

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 23, 2014 – The PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) or pork barrel scam erupted ten months ago. To be exact, the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) exposed… »

COMMENT: Nagíng* ‘Nagging Customary’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 May)— In our last two-article COMMENT (Impact Overrated, MindaNews April 10 and 14, 2014), we noted the misperception about peace and economic development in Mindanao as… »

Mind da News: “Bangsamoro” Must Go to Congress

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 25, 2014 — “Bangsamoro: Documents and Materials, the two-volume book  jointly published by the Ateneo de Davao University and MindaNews and launched last April 9, should… »

COMMENT: Aquino III’s Messages: What a Revelation!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 23, 2014 – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III delivered to the nation two messages in four days – one, his Lenten Message on Maundy Thursday;… »

COMMENT: Impact Overrated (2)

II. Personal Testimony GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 14, 2014 – In the first part of this article, we cited some data from a paper at the University of the Philippines,… »

COMMENT: Impact Overrated

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – Last April 1, Philippine Daily Inquirer posted online its editorial “Mindanao’s promise”. It is a pitch for the Government-Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

COMMENT: Bangsamoro: Deals to Be Done (2)

II. Before and After GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 4, 2014 – In the first part of this article posted last March 26, we discussed the impact of the transition proper… »

MIND DA NEWS: CAB in reality

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 March) — With dignitaries from Asia, the Arab countries, European Union and the America among the more or less 1,500 witnesses, the Government of… »

COMMENT: Bangsamoro: Deals to Be Done

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – The establishment of the Bangsamoro in lieu of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao before President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III steps… »

COMMENT: Bangsamoro: A Done Deal

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/20 March) — That the Bangsamoro will be established by the time President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III will step down on June 30, 2016 is a done… »

COMMENT: Brownouts Exploited

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 March) — Brownouts or power outages are bad. However, what’s worse is the exploitation of brownouts to raise the price of electricity in the spot market.… »

Mind da News: Brownout in Mindanao: What Ails?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, March 12, 2014 — In Mindanao, power supply is still too unstable for comfort since the Mindanao-wide brownout last February 27. The only assurances for return to… »

MIND DA NEWS: Endless Lake Sebu Problem

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 March) — When people ignore laws – statutory and natural; when authorities neglect their authority or default on the use of it to enforce laws; and… »

Mind da News: BIR’s Shame Campaign: A Shame!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, March 7, 2014 – The “name-and-shame” campaign of the Bureau of Internal Revenue to collect more taxes from underpaying taxpayers is a shame – more to the… »

COMMENT: ‘Distrust’ in Muslim-Christian Relation (2)

II. Distrust Perceived GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/1 March) – In the last issue, we related our personal knowledge and experience to put in proper perspective the perceived Muslim-Christian distrust as… »

COMMENT: ‘Distrust’ in Muslim-Christian Relation (1)

I. Trust, a Reality GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 27 February) – Manny Valdehuesa, in his “WORM’S EYEVIEW: Emerging, Reconciling”, (MindaNews, February 19, 2014), expounded one interesting view of the… »

Cardinal Quevedo: A Little Man in Big Shoes

 Once a newsboy of a “Little Paper with a Big Cause” Now a little man in big shoes, Orlando is the man  [Archbishop Orlando Beltran Quevedo was formally elevated to… »

COMMENT: Court Says ‘YES’ to RA 10175

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 Feb) – Freedom is a right. That is what God says. God must be meaning the right to think, say and do what is… »

COMMENT: Complicating Implications (2)

II. On Proper Transition GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 February) – In the first part of this article, we discussed three significant complicating implications of the signing of the BBL –… »

COMMENT: Complicating Implications (1): On “spoilers,” MNLF, political issues

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 Feb) — The Bangsamoro Transition Commission is now on its own information campaign trail. It was booed in Zamboanga City last February 12 for asking the… »

COMMENT: BTC Visits: What For?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, February 11, 2014 – For over a week starting January 29, the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) had been in Metro Manila on rounds of courtesy calls on… »

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… »


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… »


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… »

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