BALAK: Laylay

Ang duyan nga nuog gitabyog-tabyog aron ang batà makatulóg ug dilì makadungog sa kagahob ug kaalingugngog sa mga butó nga milugatob taliwalà sa kaadlawong mangiob ug kanakò nakapakurog. Sa tingog… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Hawk

DUMAGUETE CITY (MindaNews/03 March) — Thank God for soul sisters. They know when your heart is breaking. I’m here in Dumaguete, ostensibly to speak at a multidisciplinary interfaith forum in… »

COMMENTARY: Asking the Right Question: Acceptability of a Watered-Down BBL

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/03 March) — Much has been said regarding the incident that occurred on the 25th of January 2015, in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Several versions of the facts have… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Let not federalism conjure feudalism

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/03 March) — A federal system is best instituted where people are already conditioned for autonomy and have actual, hands-on experience of self-government. And it’s not… »

PEACETALK: Let the blood shed at Mamasapano clear, and not blind, our vision in the quest for truth and justice

(Keynote Address of Sec. Teresita Quintos Deles at the Bangsamoro Peace Forum In Pursuit of Peace, Truth, and Justice Forum, ISO, Ateneo de Manila University,  26 February 2015) A month… »

PEACETALK: Justice can be attained if we all sit down with calmer heads

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 March) — I am writing this letter as the hate I see over unfortunate incidents has risen. We have politicians crying for “Blood, Blood, spill it on… »

Kapait sa Bibingka

Bága sa ibabáw, bága sa ilalom, sa walá kaláyo, sa tuó kaláyo gihapon, haskang paita, ambot asa mi padulong, among kahimtang daw bibingka intawon. Nanagsumpaking mga puwersa nga armado, tigpanalipod… »

CRUCIBLE: High Horse of Crusades (1)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/28 February)– In a recent National Prayer Breakfast at the White House, President Barack Obama tried to rationalize the innate tendency in man to engage on acts beyond… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Make autonomy operative first before going federal

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 Feb) — Federalism should not be viewed as a panacea for our problems in politics and government. Shifting to a federal system can also be… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Catapang’s War

Ay, Gregorio Pio A-Tapang A-Tao… DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Feb) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff’s ill-timed, ill-advised declaration of all-out war against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom… »

Mind da News: To See Is to Believe

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, February 27, 2015 – The fatal difference that went against the 44 PNP SAF commandos who perished in the Mamasapano mis-encounter last January 25 was the failure… »

COMMENTARY: Another view of the Mindanao divide

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/26 February) — The term adivasis is the generic appellation used in India for the various ethnic groups duly recognized to be its aboriginal population. This designation is similar… »

The Triumph of Marwan

24 February 2015 “Mike One, Bingo!” thus came the awaited message before sunrise. It meant the mission objective had been accomplished, the primary target, long sought and elusive, had been… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Passive citizens make federalism an oligarchy

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Feb) – Advocates of the federal system of government had better be sure about how they define it, how it is implemented, what… »

CRUCIBLE: Parable of Mamasapano

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 25 Feb) – The challenge faced by the ummah (community) comes in many forms requiring understanding that should sink in into our consciousness so we heighten our faith… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Ang Paryenti

Di gyud diay kasaligan ‘ning uban tang paryenti kay hatagan ka og konsumi Pa-resignon ka pagka-presidenti kung sa imo, dili sila happy labi na kung wala nimo sila apila sa… »

In Memoriam: Mamasapano

You say you grieve for forty-four souls who fell as they danced with Death in the dawn They were your sons husbands fathers lovers friends This is our land And… »

COMMENT: An Ominous Prelude? (2)

II. Prerogative and Compromise GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 Feb) – It has become clear the Bangsamoro Basic Law will not be passed as originally provided in the Draft… »

CRUCIBLE: Sovereignty versus Sub-State

PASAY CITY (MindaNews/ 23 Feb) — It is an honor to be given the opportunity to share my view in today’s Joint Committee hearing of the Senate on the Bangsamoro… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Ikaduhang Trahedya

Himoan daw og pelikula ang Mamasapano’ng trahedya sa pag-umangkon ni Estrada   ang hanginon nga governor nga ningbag-o gi-football Hesus Ginoo! unsa kaha’y resulta niini nga salidaha siguradong himoong sensational… »

PEACETALK: The biggest obstacle to peace is anti-Moro sentiment

(Closing statement of H. Marcos C. Mordeno, chair of MindaNews, at the Media Roundtable Discussion on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, 21 February… »

PEACETALK. Let reason and facts sway our opinion, not deeply held biases and mistrust

(Opening statement of Atty. Anna Tarhata Basman, chief legal counsel, government peace panel in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, at the Media Roundtable on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

PEACETALK: We have not abandoned this position, and we will not abandon it

(Opening statement of Robert M. Alonto, Commissioner of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and senior member of the MILF peace panel at the Media Roundtable at the Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de… »

PEACETALK. Let not the tragic Mamasapano incident be a hindrance to attaining peace

(Welcome Remarks of Jerry Orcullo, President of Cagayan de Oro Press Club during the Media Roundtable on the Bangsamoro Basic Law Roundtable, Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, 21 February… »

BOOK REVIEW: POVERTY AND ECOLOGY AT THE CROSSROADS: Towards an Ecological Theology of Liberation in the Philippine Context by Fr. Reynaldo D. Raluto

Quezon City:  Ateneo  de Manila University Press, 2015, 280 pages. Karl M. Gaspar/MindaNews DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 February) — The memories of Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines continue to linger… »

COMMENT: An Ominous Prelude? (1)

I. Take It or Leave It GENERAL SANTOS CITY, February 21, 2015 – At no other time than at this critical period in the wake of the Mamasapano incident —… »

COMMENTARY: Diagnosing the pathologies in the 1987 Constitution

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 19 Feb) – It seems appropriate for the 29th anniversary celebration of the EDSA Revolution on February 25 that we ponder on whether the 1987 Constitution,… »

TURNING POINT: Trust

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 19 Feb) – If we now comfortably live in this modern time it is because we put so much trust, consciously or unconsciously, in people… »

Ang kamaisan

ANG KAMAISAN Sa luag ug patag nga darohan tabok sa nagtuyà-tuyà nga taytayan nga gamâ sa kahoy ug kawayan, dagkò na ug bus-ok ang mga pusò sa mga mais nga… »

PEACETALK. Why hold the Bangsamoro Basic Law hostage to the Mamasapano inquiry?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/18 Feb) — Government policy on “the primacy of the peace process” cannot be run down or its continuity turned around without addressing the root causes of violence.… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH : Message of peace and how ordinary people can help

(Privilege Speech delivered by Maguindanao 1st district Rep. Bai Sandra S. A. Sema at the House of Representatives on Monday, February 16) Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh. Assalamu Alaikum means peace… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Why would P-Noy emasculate local autonomy?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Feb) – If the first floor of an edifice is unstable, chances are that the upper floors become unstable as well. And if… »

COMMENT: BBL: To Insure Constitutionality

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, February 17, 2015 – With 54 session days remaining of the second regular session of the 16th Congress, the timeline to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law is… »

PEACETALK: Man’s inhumanity to man

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/17 Feb) — Last Wednesday’s congressional committee hearing on the botched Mamasapano police operation was painful to watch. Unlike the Senate hearings effectively chaired by Senator Grace Poe,… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: THE dysfunctional state of local governance

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/17 February) — The Local Government Code (R.A. 7160) must be among our least apprehended pieces of legislation, especially as regards its provisions for governing the… »

PEACETALK: Caught in the crossfire: listening to the women of Mamasapano

“Totoy bilisan mo, bilisan mo ang takbo Ilagan ang mga balang nakatutok sa ulo mo Totoy tumalon ka, dumapa kung kailangan At baka tamaan ka ng mga balang ligaw Totoy… »

PEACETALK: Do not hold the future of the Bangsamoro in captivity

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Feb) — I speak for my generation. I speak for a generation that is quick to pass on judgment. I speak for a generation of… »

Mindanawon

MINDANAWON Aris Alvarez   Mindanawon Ikaw, ako, tayo Nanawagan. Lahat ay tinatawagan Taga Cotabato o taga Jolo O saan ka mang dako Di ka ba kikibo? O di ka na… »

ESSAY: Samaon Sulayman, in memoriam

MANILA (MindaNews/16 Feb) — He was conferred the Living National Treasure distinction, and the State provided him a monthly stipend to allow him to persist with his art. Samaon Sulayman,… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Knowing more about Nuing

NUING, Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental — Nuing who?  And why the need to know more about Nuing? Nuing is a barangay in the municipality of Jose Abad Santos (JAS)… »

PEACETALK: The Long, Lonely Road Through Camp Abubakar

NARCISO RAMOS HIGHWAY (MindaNews/ 15 Feb) — Camp Abubakar, for so many years, was a name which evoked fear among the Christians but served as a source of pride for… »

TURNING POINT: Enemies as Partners in Peace

NAAWAN, Misamis Occidental (MindaNews/15 Feb) — For one who is publicly known as among those who are eyeing the highest post of the land in 2016, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano… »

We Who Mourn*

We Who Mourn* You mourn for the loss of the 44 who perished in our cornfields. We, too, mourn not only for them but for our dead: 18 Mujahideens, a… »

MORO IN EXILE: Why, you ask?

AFRICA (MindaNews/14 February) — Bakit parang nasa same side si ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman at Moro Islamic Libreration Front nego panel chair Mohagher Iqbal? Hindi ba gobyerno si Mujiv at… »

Makahubog

MAKAHUBOG Kini tinuod gayod: ang pulbora, ang bahò sa pulbora, sama sa droga nga makahubog… Kon kini imong mahanggab, bation ka og tumang kaisog, daw makaangkon talagsaong kusog ug ang… »

COMMENTARY: Pope Francis, Mamasapano and civic constitutionalism

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/14 February) — February 2 came and went. Nothing special happened to commemorate Constitution Day. I suppose for this year this oversight is to be expected. Between the… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Belittling, taking local governments for granted

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 February) — Government and media reports on police and military operations in Mindanao’s localities and other regions rarely mention the role, if any, of the… »

COMMENT: Aquino Speech 2: Posers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 February)– President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III’s address to the nation last January 28 was an apology; the second one last February 6 was an assurance.… »

MIND DA NEWS: BBL Cast in Limbo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – The urgent Mindanao peace measure, the Bangsamoro Basic Law bill (HB 4994, SB 2804), is not doomed; but House Ad Hoc Committee… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: In Mamasapano

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/09 February) — “We regret the death of our brothers in the SAF, but we cannot do anything about that now. Search our hearts, and you will see… »

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