RIVERMAN’S VISTA: For future Mindanao Doctors and Lawyers: Challenge, Mission, Promise

(Commencement Speech by Ateneo de Manila University’s School of Government Dean Antonio G. M. La Viña, JSD,  at the School of Medicine and College of Law, Xavier University – Ateneo… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: The Revenue Generation and Wealth Sharing Annex: Constitutional Issues

 QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — After initial setbacks, the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have finally agreed on the arrangement on Revenue Generation… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: The Sabah Dilemma

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/01 March) — The Sabah question has been dormant for almost half a century. The last time it came into the spotlight was in 1968 when the Philippine… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: What’s next for the Peace Process?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/17 October) – After the signing of the Framework Agreement, the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will sit down again for more talks,… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Bangsamoro not BJE

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/9 October) – The Framework Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) once again disinters the specter… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Bangsamoro not BJE

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/09 October) — The Framework Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) once again disinters the specter… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Peace Lessons from Aceh (3)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/23 Sept) – This third of a series of articles anticipating a peace agreement in Mindanao looks at lessons learned from the peace process in Aceh. Subsequent installments… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: A Truth Commission for Mindanao

2nd of a series) QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/16 September) — I completely and unqualifiedly support that process between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Lessons from the MOA-AD Fiasco (1)


QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/7 Sept) – This is the first of a series of columns that anticipate a peace agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Energy Crisis in Mindanao and the Grant of Emergency Powers (4): Estrada and Arroyo

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/13 April) —  This is the last and final part of the four-part series presenting excerpts of the paper Extraordinary Measures: Constitutional Powers in Times of Crisis. It… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Energy Crisis in Mindanao and the Grant of Emergency Powers (2): The Cory Experience

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/11 April) — This is the second installment of the four-part series of articles on emergency powers excerpted from the paper: Extraordinary Measures: Constitutional Powers in Times of… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Energy Crisis in Mindanao and the Grant of Emergency Powers (1)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/10 April) — The looming energy crisis in Mindanao has sparked a debate on whether emergency powers should be granted the President in order to address the problem. … »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: A real dialogue on responsible mining

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/05 February) –   The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines came out in the press lambasting the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) for turning away its representatives from… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: War and Peace, Pros and Cons

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/23 October) — This is not the first time, and will definitely not be the last – the winds of war hovering once again over the great island… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Land is the Answer

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/12 Sept) – The peace negotiations between the GPH and the MILF have again reached a critical stage. While gains may have been achieved over the years, such… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: “Heaven and Earth is not that far apart”:

QUEZON CIY  (MindaNews/29 August) — In the news last week was what appeared to be the troubled state of the ongoing negotiations between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and… »

Fullfilling Mindanao's Promise

First, let me congratulate the graduates of the Ateneo de Davao University College of Law and Graduate Schools. I know that it was a lot of hard work to get your degrees. I went to law school myself and to graduate school for a number of degrees (two of which I finished and one, my philosophy masters, well, I will forever be an MA Philosophy Cand.) For many of you, it must feel good to take away that purgatory-like designation – Cand.

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