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… »

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… »

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 –… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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 had… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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,… »

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… »

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… »

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,… »

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.… »

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… »

Mind da News: Duterte: Should He Run?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 10, 2015 – Is Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte running for President? He speaks in riddles. He is just back from a countrywide speaking tour testing… »

COMMENT: ‘Bong-Bong’ Bangs Away (4)

III. What He Wants GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 6, 2015 – For eight and a half months, the Senate had failed to come out with a committee report on the… »

MIND DA NEWS: Blessing in Disguise! Welcome!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 June) – We suggested in our June 28 Mind da News article that the Government, Moro Islamic Liberation Front and their supporters should welcome… »

MIND DA NEWS: Don’t Dismiss the Petitions

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindNews/28 June) — The petitions of the Philconsa (Philippine Constitution Association) and Jacinto Paras, former congressman from Negros Oriental, to declare unconstitutional, illegal and void the Framework… »

MIND DA NEWS: Just Asking Questions Patricio P. Diaz

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 June) — The Philippine Constitutional Association (Philconsa) and former Rep. Jacinto Paras (Negros Oriental) filed separate petitions last week asking the Supreme Court to… »

COMMENT: ‘Bong-Bong’ Bangs Away (3)

II. What He Sees (Continuation) GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 22, 2015 –“Public Consultations”, the first matter discussed in the “Position Paper” submitted by the Philippine peace panel to the Senate… »

COMMENT: ‘Bong-Bong’ Bangs Away (2)

II. What He Sees GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 21, 2015 –Sen. Ferdinand “Bong Bong” R. Marcos Jr. manifested in his privileged speech last June 3 this assumption: the country is… »

MIND DA NEWS: Don’t Take Marcos Seriously …

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) – Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. barely knew what he said at his press conference in Davao City last Saturday afternoon at the… »

MIND DA NEWS: Independence: Declared, Taken Away, Given Back

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 June) — One of the questions asked and discussed every year around this time is: What is our Independence Day – June 12 or July 4?… »

COMMENT: ‘Bong-Bong’ Bangs Away (1)

I. Egotism and Arrogance GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 9, 2015 – On Wednesday, June 3, Sen. Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos delivered a privilege speech right after the 14th (actually, 17th) hearing… »

MIND DA NEWS: All’s not well ahead

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/31 May) — No amount of media hype can hide or dissemble the fate of the Basic Bangsamoro Law (BBL) in the Congress. In the Senate, SB… »

COMMENT: BBL: Aquino Assumes Command (1)

I. Leadership Strength Indicator (Continuation) GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 29, 2016 – Yesterday, we showed that the LP-led Coalition in the House of Representatives has a clear majority to pass… »

COMMENT: BBL: Aquino Assumes Command (1)

I. Leadership Strength Indicator GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 28, 2016 – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III assumed command of Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (H|B 4994) to sail it through… »

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… »

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