MIND DA NEWS: Duterte running, Poe is the Issue

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 25 Nov) – It’s not yet official though from the horse’s mouth has come, “The die is cast. I have crossed the Rubicon”, immortal words… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Ampatuan Massacre: Six Years, Zero Justice; End Impunity Now! R

(Privilege speech delivered by Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani T. Zarate at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, on 23 November 2015, the sixth anniversary of the massacre in… »

FASTLANES: Homecoming

Last Saturday, I did not mind waking up early and hauled my extended family for a homecoming in Gingoog City. Gingoognons living elsewhere are familiar with the question ‘where is… »

PEACETALK: In the name of the nameless widows of war, of fatherless children…

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 November) — I write this letter not simply for myself, not for the scars I have received or the injuries I have survived of the emotional anguish… »

COMMENTARY: On Filipino Identity

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 18 Nov) – Filipinos always reflect on national identity in November because on the 30th of this month we commemorate the birthday of the quintessential nationalist,… »

PEACETALK: The world is not enough: a parody of the tragedy of Paris

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 Nov) — The world’s spotlight is now on Paris, after experiencing a tragic blow nearly a year after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. This has brought many people… »

PEACETALK: Exclusion is not the solution Reinna Bermudez

COSTA RICA (MindaNews/14 November) — In these violent games that the hawks play, it is always the dove that suffers. Less than a year after the gruesome Charlie Hebdo attack,… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 November) — Eager to escape the nightmare of travel and security restrictions for the holding of the APEC summit at the Philippine capital, my mother-in-law… »

PEACETALK: Mensahe mula kay Cardinal Tagle

Cardinal Luis Atonio G. Tagle Archbishop of Manila (Message of Cardinal Antonio G. Tagle dated 10 November 2015. The Cardinal visited the Lumads at the Kampuhan sa Liwasan early morning… »

ADVOCACIES: Neither empowerment nor medical education is neutral

(Speech delivered at the opening of the two-day Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Student Network Regional Convention hosted by the Davao Medical School Foundation on November 6, 2015). DAVAO CITY… »

PEACETALK: Rethinking the Mindanao Divide

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/07 November) — In Mindanao aboriginality is distinguished between Lumad and Moro. The latter is a term derived from the English word, Moor, which the Spanish used to… »

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: Minding governance

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/02 November) – In a citizens forum, Melchor spoke about his dismay that a local government refused to extend support to a student athlete who was competing in… »

COMMENT: Degenerate Philippine Politics (2): II: Present State: Wrong Political Values

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 Oct) – To highlight the significance of the “free-for-all” in the filing of certificates of candidacy for president from October 12 to 16 –… »

COMMENT: Degenerate Philippine Politics (1)

I: Present State: Free-for-All Patricio P. Diaz GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 27, 2015 – Election is fun with media making it more entertaining. After the election, the elected continue the… »

PEACETALK: More guns to kill more IPs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 October) — Fundamentally, the indigenous peoples (IPs) want to be left alone. They want to work their lands according to their customs and traditions, see to the… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: 130 faces of madness

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 19 October) – Reports said 130 individuals have filed certificates of candidacy for president. One may find this news amusing given that most of the aspirants… »

PEACETALK: Launching the Mindanao Peace Games (MPG)

[Welcome Address to the administrators and sports officeals of the founding schools: Faber Hall, Community Center of the First Companions, Ateneo de Davao University on Oct 16, 2015] Towards the… »

PEACETALK: 2016 Philippine election politics causes hiatus in Bangsamoro Law process

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/ 18 Oct) — This week, tens of thousands of aspiring candidates – from president and vice president, through senators and members of Congress, to governors, mayors, and… »

SOJOURNER’S VIEW: The tragic reality of hunger in the Land of Promise

Hunger is a global reality that continues to haunt millions of people across the planet. “Hunger is a serious global issue that affects millions in developing countries, particularly Asia. According… »

COMMENTARY: The most unforgivable gaffe

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 14 Oct) – Senator Grace Poe’s statement, even if made during an ambush interview, on the link between federalism and political dynasties has revealed her flip-flopping… »

CRUCIBLE: Filipino Heroes, Deconsecrating of Values, and the Moro Question (1) 

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/11 October) — With today’s trend of Filipino heroes, their lives and struggles, depicted or made into films, as shown recently in “Heneral Luna;” and few years ago,… »

PEACETALK: On the BBL: Imperative Courses of Action

(Delivered during the two-day “Peoples’ Conversations on Hurdling Roadblocks in the Bangsamoro Roadmap to Peace” held at EM Manor Hotel in Cotabato City on October 6, 2015)  The Situation of… »

PEACETALK: The good news

(Delivered at the “Conversations on Hurdling Roadblocks in the Bangasmoro Roadmap to Peace” at EM Manor Hotle, Cotabato City on October 5, 2015) COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 October) — May bago… »

COMMENTARY: Beyond the four walls: Land and conflict

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/09 October) — In our Principles of Economics class, we study why peace is important to the economy. We relate the absence of peace to wasting scarce resources… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: My Teachers Day Monday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Oct) – Monday was weird. I started the day talking about sex for a Teachers’ Day lecture at the Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao… »

COMMENTARY: Catholic Education and the Poor

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 October) — The Annual Convention of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) is probably the most impressive of educators’ conferences in the Philippines, and arguably… »

COMMENT: Political Party Tokenism

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 5, 2015 – In the Philippine political system today, political parties are just tokens. This “tokenism” set root when President Ferdinand E. Marcos abolished the two-party… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Peace and Development as Goals of Legal Education


CRUCIBLE: Message on Eidu l-adha 2015 (1) 

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 27 Sept) – Today (Sept. 24). we join the Muslim world in celebrating the eidu l-adha (Day of Sacrifice) in the year 1436 AH or 2015. More than… »

PEACETALK: Bangsamoro is about social justice

(Delivered at the Mindanao Forum on Peace in Mindanao, organized by the Interreligious Council of the Philippines on Sept. 21, 2015 at the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation Auditorium by Atty. Christian… »

PEACETALK: Notes on the Holiday, by a Girl Living in the ARMM

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/24 Sept) — Before anything else, I’d like to say to our Muslim brothers and sisters, “Eid Mubarak!” It’s a non-working holiday here in the ARMM (Autonomous Region… »

MIND DA NEWS: Tomorrow Never Ends

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 Sept) – Tomorrow never ends. So it seems do deadlines. The Congress has set December 16 as the new deadline for the passage of… »

COMMENTARY: We Want to Speak, Hear Us

An Open Letter of MICHELLE CAMPOS, ALCADEV Graduate and Daughter of Dionel Campos, Chairperson of MAPASU to SOLITA COLLAS-MONSOD, in response to her article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on… »

COMMENT: Mamasapano Revisited (1)

I. Left or Right? GENERAL SANTOS CITY, September 22, 2015 – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, in his 777-word, 13-paragraph speech (English version) to open his September 17 news… »

LATE BLOOMS: That Long September

Long ago it was in September when I had yet not one grey hair, the Man in Malacañang seized absolute power and on the country unleashed a nightmare. In the… »

PEACETALK: Pressing Peace Legislation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 Sept) — The peace negotiations between the Moro Islamic Liberation Force (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) emerged out of a situation of war. It… »

THE VOICE: Heneral Luna: Reflections

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY (MindaNews/21 September) — Why look for unity when it’s not there…? My eyes still stung long after Gel, Ruby and I left the movie house.  It’s been… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Cinema in situ

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/20 September) — IN SITU,  the Latin phrase that literally means “in its (original) place or position” as well as “on site” or “in position”,  “locally”, “on the premises”… »

LATE BLOOMS: Cowardice

Sometimes, maybe oftentimes, I’d wish I could just vanish disappear off earth’s face leave behind forget all this. But I am such a coward. And so I sleepwalk onward, smiling… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Mindanao Specter over APEC Summit

  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews /19 Sept) — The Philippines will have a good moment in the sun in November when we host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’… »

Mind da News: Complicating the Simple

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, September 18, 2015 – Last September 8, President Aquino, at the exclusive “Meet Inquirer Multimedia Forum” with the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s editors and staff, disclosed there had… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Recovering Tacloban

TACLOBAN CITY (MindaNews/18 September) — Almost midnight, from six floors up in a corner suite of a downtown hotel, the sparse streetlights cast their lambent glow on a lonely figure… »

THIS BLESSED HOUSE: We can pierce the darkness of hate, bias and prejudice

(Speech delivered at the launching of the book, “Rays of the Invisible Light – Collected Works by Young Moro Writers,” at the ARMM Regional Library in Cotabato City on Tuesday,… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Let us restore the rule of law in Surigao

(Privilege speech delivered by Senator Teofisto Guingona III at the Senate on September 14, 2015) Mr. President, before I proceed with my speech, I notice there are students here. I… »

CRUCIBLE: Arab Humanitarian Crisis (3)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – There are times when we can be gripped by a global crisis despite being far from the center of its gravity. We can… »

PEACETALK: The legislators want peace?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 Sept) — The legislators don’t seem to want to call it the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) anymore. Both in the House (HB 5811) and the Senate (SB… »

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Ang Pagharì sa Talabusaw

Managkatribu man untà, managkadugò, apan ngano kahâ nga kini nahitabô? Managkatribu man untà, managkadugò, apan giulang sa kapintas, kalisang ug kasukô. Yutang kabilin, yutang nahibilin matod sa uban, dapit nga… »

CRUCIBLE: Qur’an – Revelation Continuum (2)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 13 September) – When we share the joy of Birmingham University and the Muslim community in Britain about the newly found fragments of the Holy Qur’an… »

CRUCIBLE: Arab Humanitarian Crisis (2)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 12 Sept) – When we take a rather critical perspective of International law including International Humanitarian Law (IHL) as defined essentially by international politics where rules… »


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