THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Party politics, elections under MILF

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 May) – It’s unfortunate that many of the most deplorable abuses that figured in elections past were perpetrated in Muslim-dominated areas of Mindanao… »

PEACETALK: Achieving comprehensive Peace with BBL Part 2: How to arrive at decisions given the Whole-of-Government negotiation formula?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 24 May) — A larger question before Congress about the Bangsamoro is how members as “policymaker” (rather than that suggested by the nomenclature “lawmaker”) should decide on… »

CRUCIBLE: History and Freedom 

  QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/23 May) — With recent development happening around, as it is quite related with our concern, it is important to frame our khutbah (discourse) by raising some questions: What… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Man of the hour

  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) — In MindaNews, there is a nice, poignant picture of my friend and cousin Rufus Rodriguez, congressional representative of my home city Cagayan de… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Our fascination with titles and dynasties

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 21 May) – I guess it’s human to be fascinated by titles—especially “royal” titles like “datu,” “sultan,” or other honorific including the academic variety… »

PEACETALK: What happens when Peace processes fail, and when they succeed?

Kristine Höglund and Isak Svensson Upssala University*, Sweden The Philippines stands at a critical juncture. The Congress is currently deliberating on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, and its passage will be… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Trapos not the best exemplars of Federalism

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/17 May) — We should be wary about traditional politicos who want to shift to the federal system of government but who cannot claim to exemplify… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: What to do with China?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May) — I talked on the phone last Saturday with Zambales Gov. Hermogenes ” Jun” Ebdane who was a colleague in the Arroyo Cabinet. He has set up… »

POETRY: Picture-Perfect

Cruising at thirty six thousand feet approximately on an early summer morning sunny, from inside the giant metal bird’s cold belly through the glass window awed I see sheep with… »

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… »

TARGET PRACTICE: Cutthroat competition (Part 4)

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 May) – If there is one commodity that has become heavily talked about in Mindanao, it is power. Huge-muscled companies, the top conglomerates in the country, have… »

COMMENTARY: Mindanao privatization: Is IPPA necessary?

I was asked to speak in a “Mindanao Power Forum” hosted by the Institute of Electrical Engineers in Cagayan de Oro last month. It was a relatively well-attended forum with… »

PEACETALK: Inclusive Peace includes the IPs

(Sponsorship Speech of Rep. Nancy Catamco on proposed amendments that impact on the Rights of the Non-Moro Indigenous in the Bangsamoro Basic Law, delivered at the meeting of the Ad… »

PEACETALK: Achieving Comprehensive Peace with BBL: Why Lawmakers are confused about the Whole-of-Government negotiation formula? (Part I)

Lawmakers and policymakers before the start of the sponsorship for the Draft BBL could debate the central question that begs interpretative reservations about the Framework of Bangsamoro Agreement (FAB) and… »

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… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Our fascination with perversion

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 13 May) – It’s perplexing how we tolerate perverse political behavior, letting corrupt practices contaminate the bureaucracy and the community. Not a day passes… »

PEACETALK: The Bangsamoro Basic Law: Roadmap to Just and Lasting Peace

The Long Tortuous Road to Peace and Bangsamoro Self-Determination The journey to peace in Southern Philippines has been arduous and tedious, at times hostile and adversarial, replete with stops and… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Trickle-down federalism won’t work

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/12 May) — The essence of federalism is local autonomy or self-government. In other words, it starts with the people; not with those who initiate it… »

PEACETALK: Peace in Mindanao, Now Na; Bangsamoro para sa Bayan, para sa Lahat!!

(Speech delivered by Gus Miclat, Executive Director, Initiatives for International Dialogue; Convener of All-Out Peace Campaign; Friends of the Bangsamoro; Secretary-General; Mindanao Peaceweavers. Martsa Rally ng Bangsamoro para sa Bayan,… »

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… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Why I have American blood In my veins

JANIUAY, Iloilo (MindaNews/10 May) — A few days ago, I got reminded, during a recent clan reunion in my late father Martin’s hometown JANIUAY in Iloilo, that I have American blood… »

PEACETALK: Strength, but not without Shame

[A Reflection on Our Trustworthiness vis-à-vis Muslim Filipinos] DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 May) — In presenting the report of the Peace Council on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to both the… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Manny Pacquiao should know he has duties

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY  (MindaNews/09 May) — The Pacman is a billionaire many times over. And he’s getting wealthier by the day—not just from boxing but from all sorts of lucrative… »

DISPATCHES: Walking in Fear in the Philippines

In a country where extrajudicial executions by state security forces are a longstanding problem, potential victims take any threat seriously. So when farmers’ rights activist Eduardo Regidor noticed that three armed men were trailing… »

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… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Autonomy must underpin a federal system

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 6 May) – When I first came upon Republic Act 7160 (The Local Government Code of 1991), I was impressed with its empowering provisions… »

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… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Begin transforming Mindanao now

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/05 May) — With the onset of peace and cooperation occasioned by the Bangsamoro Basic Law’s passage, there’s a lot of multi-tasking to be done, implementing… »

TURNING POINT: Of Ingratitude and Selective Perception

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/04 May) — For about a week, the Filipinos were one and united on Mary Jane Veloso. They prayed, joined rallies, signed petitions and exerted all other… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Federalism in a society of oligarchs

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/02 May) — What happens if we adopt the federal form of government? Not much, really; not especially at the local level—and more so in constituencies… »

COMMENTARY: A 100 Million Strong

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/01 May) — The presidential election is just around the corner and pretty soon we will be bombarded by the same old rhetoric edifying the masa. The poor… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Off with the mask and the alias now!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Apr) – As the final phase of Congress’s consideration of the Bangsamoro Basic Law nears the end, let us reflect on some of… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Peace “piece by piece’?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 April) — AMEND ARMM LAW — I read similar positions of two (2) eminent persons who are proposing that in lieu of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the… »

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… »

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… »


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… »

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