TURNING POINT: The Ultimate Miracle

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/18 December) –Man is the greatest and the continuing miracle of God. Through him new things have been created and continue to be created every day. Finding… »

COMMENT: Another Extension Puzzles

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 18, 2014 – The House of Representatives has reset again its timeline to pass its version (HB 4994) of the Bangsamoro Basic Law to March 2015… »

BOOK REVIEW: Seeing the emergence of a new kind of chaplaincy in the Philippines

Book title: DESPERATELY SEEKING GOD’S SAVING ACTION: Yolanda Survivors’ Hopes Beyond Heartbreaking Lamentations. Author: Karl Gaspar, CSsR. Publisher: Institute of Spirituality in Asia (ISA), Quezon City, 2014, 361pp Try taking in… »

BOOK REVIEW: The perfect wake up call for all of us to rethink our ways”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /17 Dec) — Bro. Karl Gaspar’s Desperately Seeking God’s Saving Action: Yolanda Survivors’ Hope Beyond Heartbreaking Lamentations takes us back to the 8th of November 2014, when… »

PEACETALK: The Omnipresence of Malacañang

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 17 Dec) – I have always wondered why the federal form of government was not adopted in the 1935 Constitution. The Constitutional Convention, elected for the… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Casualties of peace

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 17 Dec) – Police have filed charges against one Macmod Manibpil as a suspect in the December 9, 2014 bombing of a bus in Maramag, Bukidnon… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Attitude matters a lot

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/16 December) — Does a congressman or senator—or any public official, for that matter—have the right to be re-elected at taxpayers’ expense? Of course not, but… »

CRUCIBLE: Framing Progression and Discontent in the Ummah

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/15 December) – Three or four days ago, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held its 35th Summit Meeting at Doha, Qatar raising the need to intensify regional security… »

Mind da News: Correct but Is It Proper?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 15, 2014 – Review the various media reports. Evidently, the Purisima case has been correctly and fairly handled. It should not be questioned from that angle.… »

COMMENTARY: A better way for Bangsamoro constitutional amendments

NAGA CITY (MindaNews/14 December) — Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas’s column piece “How may Congress handle the Bangsamoro bill?” (12/8/14, p. A19), more particularly on how Congress can handle the serious… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Will PNoy really do away with pork?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Dec) — Pork barrel allocations have been such an effective instrument of congressional longevity and presidential manipulation that some people wonder what effect… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Wonderland

Ambot ning uban tang kababayan Christmas para sa ila equals snow ug Disneyland tawag nila Wonderland throwback pa gihapon sa colonial time di na gyud ni fun makauulaw ni Juan… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Dear Inaanak

Pasensya na Inaanak kay limtanon na ra ba ko kaayo. ( Bisan dili pa ko lolo ) Kada disyiembre dili kapugngan akong sakit nga Amnesia motukar man. O lagi,Amnesia. Tuo… »

TURNING POINT: Crimes and the Decay of a University

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/12 December) — Another student was felled and died a senseless death at the Marawi campus of the Mindanao State University a few days ago. It is… »

COMMENTARY: Decentralization in the Philippines needs an overhaul

A couple of weeks ago MindaNews reported the view of former mayor of Iligan City, Atty. Franklin M. Quijano, that the enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will reinvigorate… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Autonomy would have paved way to federal

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — Had Mindanaon leaders, especially the long-time power-holders and alternating incumbents, taken the state policy of autonomy seriously—or at least since 1991 when the… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Santa Claus

Dili lang kada pasko si Santa Claus makit-an kay ang mayor ug governor Santa Claus nagtakuban hilig manghatag og kuwarta tag one hundred o singkuwenta ngadto sa mga alalay ug… »

Mind da News: Anong Daang Matuwid?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 11, 2014 – Anong daang matuwid ang tinutukoy nila? In English: What straight path or road are they referring to? In Hiligaynon (formal Ilonggo): Anong matadlong… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: A prayer said in anger

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 10 Dec) – Ten persons were killed in Tuesday’s bombing of a bus outside Central Mindanao University in Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon. Terrorism? Extortion? Sabotage with a political objective… »

CRUCIBLE: Woman and Spirituality (1)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 10 Dec) – When Malala Yousafzai received the Nobel Prize three months ago, there were mixed reactions both in Western media and those in the Muslim… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Prayers of the wicked kind

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 9 Dec) – We’ve been taught since childhood to pray and believe in prayers. Regardless of religion and the rituals we perform, we pin our last… »

MINDAVIEWS: Let’s bike to save the planet

(Pre-departure Statement of Fr. Amado L. Picardal aka Fr. Picx, who will bike from Baclaran to Iligan City starting December 10 in what he calls a “Climate Ride.”) BACLARAN (MindaNews/08… »

COMMENT: BBL: Don’t Miss the Key

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 December) — The House Ad Hoc Committee on Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) will end by December 17 its consultations and hearings on the proposed BBL. These… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Taga -Gobyierno

Di ka malain ang meeting uban sa taga-gobyierno scheduled alas ot-so pero niabot ang mga karaho lapas na sa alas-onse sa udto unsa’y itawag nimo ini? dili ba mga tawo’ng… »

COMMENT: Media Killing and Impunity

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 6, 2014 – “Killing with impunity” has been plaguing the Philippines for decades. Human rightists have been blaming Government after Government for not stopping this. President… »

PEACETALK: The Toxic Brew of Federalism and Political Dynasties

MELBOURNE (MindaNews/05 December)–It appears that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has inspired a renewed vigor among local leaders in Mindanao to push for the shift to a federal form of… »

BISAG UNSA: Pislat

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 December)–Naintriga gyod ko sa deskripsyon sa mga langyawng syentista kalabot sa mga Malayo, ang kinabag-ang rasa sa Pilipinas. Mao ni ang ilang paghulagway sa mga Malayo sama… »

PANAW-LANTAW: Pamikpik

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/Disyembre 4) — Sukad mi nagsugod og pag-misyon sa mga lugar diin daghan ang mga Subanen, sa peninsula sa Zamboanga, natural ra namong madunggan ang mga istorya… »

CRUCIBLE: “Hilot” and Wellbeing (2)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/04 December) – When we frame the notion of shifah (healing) and the sophistication of health and medical related development in our time, it is to bring our… »

Mind da News: Cat Out of the Bag

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – December 3, 2014 – Presidential Communications Operations Office chief Herminio Coloma has just let the proverbial cat out of the bag (The Philippine Star, December 1,… »

TURNING POINT: The New Filipino Heroes

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/03 December) — They are coming home. The overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have started arriving lately to reunite with their families during the Christmas break. The OFWs… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Quo Vadis, Mindanao Week of Peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 December) — These past so many years now, various groups throughout Mindanao-Sulu  – mainly local church organizations , non-governmental organizations, schools, media  agencies and  autonomous institutions, all… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Review of Anoy Catague’s tales of destruction

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 December) — Last Sunday, the Christian world entered into the season of Advent, usually explained as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of… »

PEACETALK: Reflection on the mandate of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/02 Dec) — Can we reach a negotiated transition through successive consultations? The MOA-AD (Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain) was struck down as unconstitutional for “lack of… »

PEACETALK: “IPRA itself is a peace agreement”

This position paper on the Bangsamoro Basic Law was submitted by Fr. Albert E. Alejo, SJ to the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on October 29, 2014) … »

CRUCIBLE: Hilot and Wellbeing (1) Julkipli Wadi

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/30 Nov) — There is no denying that modern man has become very sophisticated as he tries to reach the pinnacle of securing and sustaining life with his… »

COMMENT: Ampatuan Massacre: Much Spoken, Yet

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 Nov)– Much has been spoken about the Ampatuan Massacre. Yet, there are more to be spoken including some matters that today are unspeakable. Perhaps, someday when… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Hypocrisy & Big Joke! 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 Nov) – OVERSPENDING. I am reading in the news that the COMELEC (Commission on Elections) is starting to prosecute election “overspending“. In fact, Gov. ER Ejercito lost his seat in Laguna recently for exceeding the limits.… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: The BBL deserves to live and flourish! (Part 1)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/29 November) — I have just read the House version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law in its entirety. Offhand, I would have to say it… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Traitors in our midst

Treason: treachery towards one’s country or government; betrayal of one’s country to an enemy. Traitor: one who is disloyal; one who betrays his country, cause, friends, etc. – Webster’s Dictionary… »

COMMENT: BBL: 16th Congress the only Option, But …

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 Nov) – The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is still on the Committee hearing and consultation phase. Considered as a local bill, the enactment process… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Thanatourism at Barangay Salman

AMPATUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/25 November) — “It’s not like how it was five years ago. I do travel at night now. I would not do that before,” confided Rene. We were… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Film Review: ALIENASYON

Screenplay and Direction: Arnel Mardoquio Cinematography:  Arnel Barbarona Editor:  Chuck Gutierrez Sound Design:  Andrew Millallos Original Music:  Jesse Lucas Producer:  Quezon City Development Foundation in cooperation with – The Talent… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Who’s afraid of coal-fired power plant?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 November) — Last Thursday from Manila, I took Tiger Air (recently acquired by Cebu Pacific) en route to Cagayan de Oro to visit the STEAG coal-fired plant in… »

PANAW-LANTAW: Kaluha

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/Nobiembre 23) — “Dihang gipanganak ako ni Nanay, duna say natawo nga bitin. Duna koy kaluha nga bitin, Tir,” maoy mga pulong ni Belen samtang nagkokabildo uban… »

COMMENT: BBL: To Wait for the 17th Congress?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, November 21, 2014 – Will the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (HB 4994, SB 2408) have to wait for the 17th Congress. This is a realistic… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Heroes or villains?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) – The Senate Blue Ribbon Sub-Committee hearings are alleged to be in-aid-of-legislation; in reality they’re less of a hearing and more of… »

CRUCIBLE: Sunni-Shi’a Schism (1)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) – Humanity’s quest or vision of unity has endured since the beginning of time. Yet, the same quest appears like a chimera or shadow… »

PERSONAL ESSAY: Francis Morales, Human Rights Defender-Extraordinaire Jean Lindo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 Nov) — I have chosen to write a personal note on a great man and a good friend, Francis Morales. It took me days to start writing… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Is Binay PNoy’s wild card?

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 November) – It looks odd that despite the string of accusations of graft hurled against Vice President Jejomar Binay he has remained in the Cabinet as housing… »

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