WORM’S EYEVIEW: Great influence demands great responsibility

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/01 August) — Network owners, station managers, and media practitioners who are aware of the great influence broadcast media has on individuals and the community ought… »

PEACETALK: Separating Peace-Building From The Bangsamoro Basic Law

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 31 July) — In a previous piece, I wrote that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was expected to be enacted by Congress before the next State… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Broadcast media can light up our lives

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/31 July)–It’s a fact that a person’s early conditioning deeply influences his attitudes, values, and behavior in later life. One who grows up in a nurturing… »

COMMENT: Between the Lines: What?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/31 July)– In our Mind da News article, “SONA 2014 at a Glance”, July 29, we commented in passing on the President’s four-paragraph statement concerning the “Bangsamoro”… »

CRUCIBLE: Eidu l-fitr 2014: A Call to End the War in Gaza

[Eidu l-fitr khutbah delivered at the lawn garden of the Romulo Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman on 28 July 2014]. Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. All praise is… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: An emotional president

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) — When President Aquino choked a bit trying hard to hold back tears towards the end of his SONA last Monday he was obviously emotion-filled. Contrary… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: The compelling power of the media

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) — The media are a powerful conditioner of public attitudes and values, affecting society in subtle ways. They therefore ought to be monitored for… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: The KBP should live up to its commitment

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 July) – Sometimes one gets the impression from listening to local radio that we’re under assault by aliens from other galaxies. But then… »

MIND DA NEWS: SONA 2014 at a Glance

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 July 29) – The President’s Fifth State of the Nation Address yesterday afternoon, July 28 – 1 hour and 34 minutes – is five… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Lessons from Graham Nash

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/29 July) – And there’s so much time to make up/Everywhere you turn/Time we have wasted on the way/So much water moving/Underneath the bridge/Let the water come and… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: A SONA should have an empowering message

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) — Like the electricity situation in much of Mindanao and the country, the empowerment of the Filipino remains a pending issue, an unaddressed item… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Ever heard of management by wandering around?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) — People generally don’t comment, but walking around certain barangays reveals a marked contrast between two distinct residential areas. One area is the privately… »

COMMENT: Footnotes

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 July)– Life’s path twists and turns. A fool he is who wants it straight. Life’s excitement is in its twists and turns as the resilience of… »

CRUCIBLE: Time and Revelation (2)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 27 July) — When we emphasized the role of revelations as furqan or criterion of right and wrong and that they reflect in manifold ways in history, our… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: How we end up with a Tanda, a Pogi, a Sexy… and Plunder!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 July) — If we continue to keep the government of our community on auto-pilot, leaving its affairs to chance or to self-styled caretakers, it will… »

COMMENT: BBL Concerns: Little, Nothing or Big? (5)

(5th and Last of the Series) IV. Molehill or Mountain? GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 26, 2014 – In Parts I, II and III, we see what the Moro Islamic Liberation… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Our community needs our attention

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/26 July) — Small as it is, our immediate community, the barangay, is worth developing, protecting, and ensuring against threats. We have do it or it… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Let’s refocus, activate our role, and be in control!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/25 July) — We’re going through a period of voter anguish these days. There’s frustration and exasperation about chronic problems due to government’s inconsistent or errant… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Stop graft and corruption in the barangay!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 24 July) ­– It’s no surprise that plunder or cases of graft and corruption that draw the attention of people in the capital quickly… »

COMMENT: BBL Concerns: Little, Nothing or Big? (4)

III. What Third Parties Say GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 July) – Through intensive and extensive information campaign from the signing of the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro (FAB) to… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Can ersatz parties constitute a real party system?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 23 July) – Our multiple party system is a bewildering hodge podge of mostly contrived barkadas of political opportunists representing legitimate and illegitimate interests.… »

QUN FAYA QUN: The Role of CSO in Maguindanao Peacebuilding

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 22 July) — This paper emerged from my personal experiences and engagements in the communities of Maguindanao when I was working as a UN Volunteer for… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: What if we empower the grassroots?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/22 Juy) — If we empower the grassroots or the masses, really empower them, it would be a good thing for the local governments. The masses… »

CRUCIBLE: Time and Revelation (1)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/22 July) – Given the temptation to talk on issues that are currently raging in the country and the Middle East, we would like to suspend our discourse… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Knowing our shortcomings, will K-12 education improve things?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — There’s an inadequacy in our value system which affects our conduct as the sovereign people of our Republic, a shortcoming that is not… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Plane disasters & n0. “7″

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — The other night, I stayed up almost until dawn monitoring the new tragic airline disaster in strife-torn Ukraine involving, yet again, another Malaysian Airlines aircraft… »


DAVAO CITY (MIndaNews / 20 July) — It was exactly four years ago today and the debate was on about sex education – how to teach it when and where… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Can the masses help conjure up our finest hour again?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 20 July) — Most Filipinos, especially city folks, think of the grassroots as the people below, down there, out in the barrios—way off the… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: A Bangsamoro community can be our model

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 July)–Part of our hopes for the Bangsamoro administration is to perform better in developing and maintaining their communities. Nowhere in our island region so far… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Duyog Ramadhan among the Kagans

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 July) — “As soon as we entered Purok 10, Barangay 9-A near San Rafael, Marfori in Davao City for our inter-faith dialogue with the people of this… »

Mind da News: DAP: Who’s Deceiving?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 18, 2014 – Contrary to our expectation and to the conduct of past presidents under similar predicament, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III declared “war” against… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW 523: We deserve the government we vote into office

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/18 July) — It’s a truism in a democracy that the people deserve the government they get. It means that in our case, if we don’t… »

TURNING POINT: Revising Road Maps: The MSU GenSan Undergrad Thesis Controversy

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 17 July) – In many things we normally do, our purpose, that is, what we want to accomplish, determines the amount of expenditure in time… »

COMMENT: BBL Concerns: Little, Nothing or Big? (3)

3rd of a Series II. What GPH Says GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 July) – Government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are one in their agreement to… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Let’s speed up the wheels of justice and be uncompromising!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 17 July) – No one likes to admit committing an unseemly act, let alone an unpatriotic one, and not especially habitual liars like traditional… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOW: A curse on Aquino’s House

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – The timing says it all. On the same day that President Aquino delivered a tongue lashing directed at the Supreme Court for striking… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: We may have to reinvent governance!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – Whatever PNoy says in his State of the Nation Address on the 28th, no one can deny that things are getting… »


MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/15 July) – President Benigno Aquino III continues to miss – or more appropriately perhaps, ignore – the whole point of the Supreme Court decision declaring the Disbursement… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Business Tip

Kung ikaw nag-plano mag-negosyo pagtukod og hospital kay sigurado tagoanan sa mga kawatang politiko ilang kabulastogan kung mabisto puwedi pud heart o eye center o sa bisan unsang klaseng cancer… »

PEACETALK: Transitional Justice and the Bangsamoro

[Welcome Address: Launch of ForumZFD's Moving Beyond: Towards Transitional Justice in the Bangsamoro Peace Process, at the Apo View Hotel, Davao City on July 14, 2014). It is my pleasure… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: What’s happening to our country?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/15 July) — Our society is now in turmoil, addled by unprecedented irregularities committed at the very top levels of politics and government. The immediate culprits… »

Mind da News: DAP, PNoy, Banana

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 14, 2014 – President Benigno Simeon Aquino III will talk to the nation via television at six o’clock this evening to explain his administration’s action in… »


MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – The supposed economic gains resulting from the Disbursement Acceleration Program have been used by the administration as its main defense for this measure which the… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: On apologies and palace resignations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) — Being ready to make apologies, admit mistakes or say “I’m sorry” are traits that show humility and good character. It also re-affirms human vulnerability and… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Democracy needs intensive care in Mindanao, especially the ARMM

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) — Earlier on, in a public meeting in Zamboanga City where the crowd booed the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) contingent, it’s lead speaker… »

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Just Coincidence? – Criminology, Justice and the Bangsamoro Convergence (1)

Part 1 DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) — As defined in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), Transitional Justice and Reconciliation (TJR) seeks ways to redress grievances, correct… »

COMMENT: BBL Concerns: Little, Nothing or Big? (2)

2nd of a series I. What MILF Says (Continuation) GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 13, 2014 – By the statements of Chairman Murad Ebrahim and Peace Panel Head Mohagher Iqbal, also… »


MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 July) — Defenders of the Disbursement Acceleration Program – who, by the way, are more interested in defending President Aquino and his embattled officials than in the… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: The importance of people power in the community

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/12 July) — The long standing case of the Ampatuan Massacre—since 2009 yet! Under Gloria yet!—is a frustrating lesson for all of us. The full story… »

COMMENT: BBL Concerns: Little, Nothing or Big?

I. What MILF Says GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 12, 2014 – The peace process between Government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has bogged down after the Office of… »

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