CRUCIBLE: Sunni-Shia Schism (2)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/25 April) – When in our previous khutbah (discourse) we tried to emphasize the unitive and cooperative character of so-called Sunni and Shi’a, our purpose is to highlight… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Those greedy Chinese communist bullies!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/25 April) — Ignoring international rules of engagement, especially United Nations protocols, China defies diplomatic efforts to settle its wild claims to ownership of islands in… »

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… »

BATANG MINDANAW: The cruel D

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 April) — Depression comes in many ways. It’s not always cutting your wrists until you’re drowning in your own blood or overdosing in pills because you can’t… »

PEACETALK: We have gone this far in our peace process; there should be no turning back

(Thank You Speech by Prof. Miriam Coronel Ferrer Awarding Ceremony, Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. 22 April 2015) Your Excellencies: Former… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Chinese skullduggery in the West Philippine Sea

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Apr) – Skullduggery is defined by the dictionary as “sneaky, dishonest behavior; or trickery.” No better word can describe the treacherous, illegal acts… »

CRUCIBLE: Leadership and Asian Values (1)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 22 Apr) – When in our previous khutbah (discourse) we praised Nelson Mandela and the rather unique “lightning rod” that defined his leadership as critical in ending Apartheid… »

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… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Taking a leap of faith on the BBL

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 22 April) – The MILF Panel Chairman, Mohagher Iqbal, has been asking—as does PNoy as well as the government negotiating panel—that we “fast-track” the… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: BBL seals a partnership of equals

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/21 April) — The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is really a step towards reconciliation, the smoothing out of historic grievances, differences, even enmity, of fraternal… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Hope arises in the uplands of Jose Abad Santos

MOLMOL, Jose Abad Santos, Davao Oriental (MindaNews/20 April) — In August 2014, the members of the Davao Redemptorist Mission Community took over the administration of the Nuing Mission Station (NMS)… »

TARGET PRACTICE: Of pseudo cooperatives and power aggregation

3RD of a Series DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) – In this country, power distribution is dominated by cooperatives. In Mindanao, there are only three big power distribution companies while the… »

COMMENTARY: Random Thoughts on Reaching 70 Years

MANDALUYONG CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — Age is merely a stockpiling of years. I don’t feel a heavy burden on my shoulders despite the 70 years because age carries its own rewards.… »

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… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: An alias is an issue of trust and confidence

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 April) — It is good that the truce with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has held fast thus far, prevailing more or less throughout… »

DISPATCHES: Military Abuses in Southern Philippines

MANILA (MindaNews/19 April) — Here’s a snapshot of the plight of tens of thousands of internally displaced people in the Philippine province of Maguindanao after an anti-insurgent military operation: women, children, and… »

TARGET PRACTICE: How ready is the NGCP? Carmelito Q. Francisco

2nd of a series DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 April) — The two main blackouts that plunged Mindanao into darkness in the last two years showed how vulnerable the Mindanao power grid… »

TARGET PRACTICE: Indifference

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 April) – The Mindanao power situation is again placed on the spot after the Easter Sunday blackout, the third in the last two years, two of them… »

TURNING POINT: Of Aliases and the Peace Talk

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 16 April) – There was an intriguing twist in the House hearing on the Mamasapano incident last week. Attention shifted, at one point, from the… »

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… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: I have many aliases, too!

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) — So, what’s all this fuss about MILF’s Chair Iqbal using an alias? Use of many aliases or pseudo-names is a common practice.  Consider this.  Since  I was… »

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… »

PEACETALK: Matching the Peace Commission with Parity of Esteem: What kind of BBL comes after politicking?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 12 April) — Where is written in parchment that bloodcurdling politicians are supposed to be on God’s side of public spiritedness? President Aquino III was well-advised… »

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… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: What hindsight tells us

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 9 April) – As they say, hindsight is 20-20 vision. Looking back, it is clear now how myopic the central government had been in… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: The demise of real political parties

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/07 April) — It’s unfortunate for our electorate that the days of formal political parties seem to be gone. As we approach the 2016 elections, party… »

PEACETALK: Ten Easter Challenges for Peace in Mindanao

(Easter Sunday message of Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro City, 05 April 2015) As we start the Easter season recalling Our Lord’s triumph over injustice,… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Calvary for BBL & Peace Negotiators 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 April) — Christianity’s traditional annual “Calvary” is over now.  But for the peace workers and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, the long road of Calvary is still continuing.… »

BALAK: Trilohiya Sa Pagtuo

  Ang Pagkahimugsò Ang yutà ug langit duyog nga nag-ambahan sa pagkahimugsò sa Batà nga saad sa Kasulatan nga magdala nganhi ning mangiob nga kalibutan sa balaanong dan-ag sa kamatuoran… »

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… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Development focus would moderate obsessive politics

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 2 Apr) – Middle and upper class citizens ought to show more interest and participation in local governing activities, even if only to show… »

TARGET PRACTICE: Biggest obstacle

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 March) – This is about politics. Everyone who visits the city nowadays, the first question that he or she wants answered is: “Is your mayor running for… »

TURNING POINT: One Crooked Thing in Daang Matuwid

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/30 March) — Absurd, anomalous and irresponsible. How else would you describe the act of Regional Executive Director (RED) Ruth M. Tawantawan of the Department of Environment… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: What good do synchronized barangay assemblies serve?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) — One wonders what good the synchronized barangay assemblies do for the grassroots in terms of empowering the people, good governance for the community,… »

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS: Alisin natin ang bagahing daladala natin, ang mga biases, prejudices at discrimination

Mike P. Alon (Deliveredy by Mike P. Alon, organizer of the integrated Mindanaons Assistance for Natives (IMAN), during the graduation rites at the Ateneo de Davao University on March 28,… »

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… »

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS: We need to strengthen our faith, hope and love to continue advocating for peace

(Deliveredy by Fr. Roberto C. Layson, OMI, during the graduation rites at the Ateneo de Davao University on March 28, 2015. Fr. Layson and his friend, Mike Alon, were conferred… »

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS: Island, Country, Planet: Shining The Light Of The Lord In The Peripheries

(Commencement Speech delivered by Ateneo de Manila School of Government Dean Antonio G. M. La Viña, at the Father Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City on 26 March 2014) Let me… »

THE VOICE: FBolution

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan (MindaNews / 28 March) — One day I will get bored with Facebook.  Although it seems that THAT day is not yet today. Some get bored… »

PEACETALK: Minding Advice and Consent: Why allow Congress to micromanage a process for war, not negotiation for peace?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) — One year ago today, the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro was signed at Malacanang Palace. How can we make headway in enacting the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic… »

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS:
 Interweaving narratives in our journey for peace

[Speech delivered by Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles during the University Convocation
 at Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) in Cagayan de Oro City on March 26, 2015]… »

PEACETALK: Courage. Lakas o tibay ng loob. Tapang. Conviction.

(Speech of Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, government peace panel chair,  in accepting the Fr. Masterson Award of Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City on March 26, 2015) Ang aking pong… »

PEACETALK: Ask questions. Propose solutions. The future is yours. You have a stake in it.

[Acceptance speech of Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the MILF Peace Panel and Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), of the Fr. William Francis Masterson, SJ Award of the Xavier University in Cagayan… »

BISAG UNSA: Unsaon Pag-undang sa Gera

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews / Marso 27) – Adunay interesanteng taho si Maximilianus Transylvanus kon giunsa pagpatunhay sa mga tribu nga nagpuyo dapit sa Borneo ang kalinaw sa ilang han-ay.… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Huwaw!

Nangliki na gyud ang basakan daplin sa kadalanan Nag-yellow na pud ang kabugangan ning-suurender na ang kamaisan salamat na lang na-ani na ang ubang kahumayan Ang kainit daw din maantoy… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Final call for attendance in Barangay Assembly

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – Do attend and take part in the session of your Barangay Assembly on Saturday, March 28. It is a synchronized nationwide… »

ESSAY: Bakwit basics, post-Mamasapano By Marian Pastor Roces

They are taking it on the chin and bearing it. Grinning, in fact. Some 120,000 Maguindanaos from various barangays of Mamasapano, Rajah Buayan, Sharif Aguak, Rajah Saudi Ampatuan, Guindulungan, Talitan,… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Never Having To Say  “I’m Sorry”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) — “Never having to say I’m sorry” is a title, by the way, of an old favorite song.  That reminds me of this growing call for… »

PEACETALK: Why Alan Peter Cayetano owes Sec. Deles, Prof. Ferrer and all women peacemakers in this country a public apology!

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) — I am no big fan of Secretary Deles and Professor Miriam Coronel- Ferrer. As an independent peace advocate representing the tri-people grassroots in Mindanao, I… »

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