COMMENT: Duterte put in bad light

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 May) — Unless it is his way of finding relief from his promises, presumptive President Rodrigo R. Duterte must restrain his cabinet-member designates and top allies… »

COMMENT: BBL: Options Apt for Bangsamoro

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 May) – Will the Bangsamoro be established under the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte? MILF Chairman Murad Ebrahim sounds optimistic. (MindaNews, May 15,… »

Mind da News: Poe loses but wins

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 13, 2016 – Senator Grace Poe lost the presidential election but she has won a place in the history of Philippine election. As a graceful loser,… »

COMMENT: Election 2016 as We See It (II)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 May) — Yesterday, with reference to presidential elections since 1930, we considered the 2016 presidential election issues as “old tale retold”; today, we will discuss this… »

COMMENT: Election 2016 as We See It

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 May) – We have observed Philippine elections since the 1930s. While blest with the most modern facilities, the 2016 election is old tale retold,… »

COMMENT: Duterte’s Rape Joke

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 2¸ 2016 – One for the book — presidential candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte’s April 12 joke on the Australian missionary who was taken hostage by prisoners… »

MIND DA NEWS: A ‘Must’: Will Congress See So?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 27 April) – His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, OMI, Archbishop of Cotabato, convener of Friends of Peace, and Moro Elder Guiamel Alim are advocating the… »

COMMENT: Duterte: The Dilemma

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 22¸ 2016 – Ahead of the pack, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte has become “The Dilemma”. His massive support from across the social classes ABCDE… »

Mind da News: Sereno’s Warped Logic

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, March 11, 2016 – Who taught Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno “Logic” and “Argumentation and Debate”? She has warped logic in her response to the criticisms by critics… »

COMMENT: Intriguing Media Stories

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 February 2016) – Two media articles, a news report and an opinion article – both published online February 15 – intrigue. In the first,… »

COMMENT: A Crazy Acronym

­GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 February) — Citing BOI (Board of Investment) Southern Mindanao chief Engr. Gil Dureza during a forum in Davao City on February 11, MindaNews on… »

COMMENT: … Biased Media, Too

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 11 Feb) – Bangsamoro is stalled. The BBL that would have launched it by June 30, 2016 had been disabled early in the Congress and… »

MIND DA NEWS: Be like monkeys? Kamo na lang!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 February) — Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on February 4 (Sino envoy tells guests: Be like monkeys) that Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua exhorted his… »

COMMENT: New Focus, Same Evidence

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 Feb) – Disregarding “new focus”, nothing new – nothing that can be considered new material evidence – came out at the 7-hour new inquiry… »

Mind da News: Crying Insincere! Who Is?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 27, 2016 – On the bombing of transmission towers (18 since last November mostly in Lanao del Sur area), Sen. Francis Escudero, candidate for vice president,… »

COMMENT: A-DL, FOIL to BBL: “Hindi ka Nag-iisa”

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 26, 2016 – “A-DL” is Anti-Dynasty Law; “FOIL” is Freedom of Information Law. BBL is the original Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law. All three are still bills… »

MIND DA NEWS: Bet? Not End of Capitol Rigodon

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 January) — So, a P500-million capitol building of Maguindanao will rise in Buluan, the hometown of Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, reports MindaNews, January 20. The… »

COMMENT: DQ ‘Must-Dos’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 January) — The credibility, as well as integrity, of the Commission on Elections and of the 2016 election is at stake in the disqualification… »

COMMENT: BBL: Bangsamoro Banished Indefinitely

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 15, 2016 – No matter how unacceptable, let it be stated simply: The Bangsamor is banished indefinitely. This is seen through prevailing circumstances that look irreversible.… »

COMMENT: Overspinning can backfire

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 09 January) — Senator Grace Poe got a reprieve for her beleaguered presidential candidacy last December 28 when the Supreme Court restrained temporarily the Commission… »

Mind da News: So? It’s Good?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 5, 2016 – The six-year administration of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III must be “good”. Two lady senators, one a presidential candidate and the other… »

COMMENT: BBL: Who’s Violating the Constitution? Patricio P. Diaz

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 December) — The Philippine Star (December 16, 2015: House drops opt-in provision from BBL) reported the House of Representatives “has decided to delete the controversial opt-in… »

MIND DA NEWS: ­BBL: Hopelessly Hoping

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 9 Dec) – MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal is right, “If you look at the process, it looks like they (the… »

Mind da News: Poe Poor in Arithmetic

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 4, 2015 – Sen. Grace Poe cannot do simple addition. And, she and her legal counsel interpret the Constitution and international laws to suit her defense. In her Certificate of Candidacy (COC), Poe swore that (1) she is a natural-born Filipino citizen and (2) her period of residency in the Philippines up to the day before May 9, 2016 would be 10 years and 11 months. Are these true or false? If false, “are… »

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… »

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