LISBON, Portugal (MindaNews/01 May) — In the pre-dawn light, the imposing white marble monument on the Marques de Pombal plaza in downtown Lisbon made for a leisurely examination all on… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: What to expect in a Presidency – a comic turn

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 May)  — One more week and we will know who will be our next President of the Republic of the Philippines.  It can only be… »


I am sitting on a stool here at the Cebu International Airport having the first of a series of beers while waiting for a delayed flight for Manila. I arrived… »

COMMENTARY: So where is that genius who can make real change?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 April) — Wanted: A genius who can convert elections from a competitive into a cooperative democratic practice. The mode of cooperation–not competition–is what maintains this… »

MIND DA NEWS: A ‘Must’: Will Congress See So?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 27 April) – His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, OMI, Archbishop of Cotabato, convener of Friends of Peace, and Moro Elder Guiamel Alim are advocating the… »


HENDERSON, Nevada (MindaNews / 27 Apr) – I have a Davao City Water District calendar in my kitchen. The 24th and 25th of March are red letter days. Looking closer… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Men and Women for Others

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 April) — I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic, sentimental and  very much affirmed  as I sat throughout the 2016 Commencement Exercises of the Ateneo de… »

PEACETALK: Titayan: Transitions toward unexplored possibilities for inclusive governance in the Bangsamoro

(Remarks at the end of the three-day “Titayan: Bridging for Peace” delivered on April 23, 2016 at the Ateneo de Davao University. Titayan in Maguindanao means bridge).  Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi… »

COMMENTARY: Raising a 5-year old PWD is no joke

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 April) — My five year old son Pablo says that when he grows up, he’d like to be a Katipunero and fight for freedom and fight the… »

COMMENT: Duterte: The Dilemma

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 22¸ 2016 – Ahead of the pack, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte has become “The Dilemma”. His massive support from across the social classes ABCDE… »

MARGINALIA: Dwindling power, or lack of political will?

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews/22 April) – Attending “Titayan: Bridging for Peace” Symposium-Workshop which formally kicked off yesterday in Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City, is yet another good opportunity to extensively… »

PEACETALK: A Vision of a Future Mindanao

What might this vision be? May I contribute a personal envisioning of the future on the basis of socio-moral principles. I envision a Mindanao where God’s law of social justice… »


(Statement issued by LEONCIO B. EVASCO, JR., National Campaign Manager of Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte on 19 April 2016) Many still do not know the character and personality of presidential… »

COMMENTARY: In the thick of the democratic grind

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/19 April) — Around the same period when the Philippines was under an authoritarian regime, South Korea was also under a military dictatorship. Pertinently, the restoration of democratic… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Dissecting our country’s political culture

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /19 April) — In three weeks’ time, the Republic of the Philippines will elect a new President.  Who will she/he be?  Despite the figures of poll surveys… »


ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/18 April) — It was four years ago when I first saw AlBarka in Basilan as a relatively peaceful place–still not fully developed, but youth in its village… »

COMMENTARY: We accept you for who you are, Bai Digong

by TINA TESORO-LORENZANA CALIFORNIA (MindaNews/18 April) — The furor regarding the statement of Davao City Mayor and Presidential candidate Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte on the rape and subsequent killing of Australian… »

THE PHILSOUTH LINE: When Numbers Matter

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 April) — It was on 9 April, Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) when a bloody encounter transpired between government troops and followers of the Abu Sayyaf… »

LATE BLOOMS: Practical Mountaineering

How many times did I hear said by some mountaineer that when a mountain is there, you climb it just because it is there? I have climbed my mountains too… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Western Mindanao Wardaddy?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) — In my sporadic camp sojourns in childhood, I knew foot soldiers as friendly just-adults who fashioned slingshots for me and taught me how to use… »

COMMENTARY: Vote for our future

As the daughter of a victim of the Maguindanao massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao on November 23, 2009, where 58 were killed, 32 of them journalists including my Dad whose body… »


Commencement Address, Graduation Ceremonies, Ibn Sienna Elementary Graduation, Dimaporo Gymnasium, MSU, Marawi City , April 6 Bismillahirahmaniraheem Praise be to Almighty, the owner of the Earth, the Galaxy and the… »

FILM REVIEW:  Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery)        

Directed by                     : Lav Diaz Produced by                   : Lav Diaz, Blanca… »

BATANG MINDANAW: Why life is here in Davao

by Reicza Gene Cariaga Olojan DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 April) — Davao City was put in the spotlight last year when its mayor, Rodrigo Duterte, announced his candidacy for the presidency.… »

TURNING POINT: An Impossible Dream, A Blinkin Goner, A Land of Disappointment

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 30 March) – In recent memory, Marcos trampled on the rights and freedoms of the Filipino people in rushing forward his New Society whose harrowing… »

PEACETALK: This new dawn is here to stay

(Speech of Sec. Teresita Quintos Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, on the Commemoration of the 2nd Anniversary of the Signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, held… »

PEACETALK: Stand up for Peace! Long Live the CAB

(Welcome remarks of MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal during the commemoration of the Second Anniversary of the Signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro held at the Notre… »

FASTLANES: The crowd as untruth and the myth of winnability

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) — The second presidential debate in Cebu created a stir for the action. The organizers promised a brawl, like the ‘in-your-face’ style of news… »

MARGINALIA: Media studies 2.0 in presidential debate 2.0

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews / 28 March) – Not too long ago, the study of media would deal with the post-Gutenbergian mass communication through a small number of key forms like… »

PEACETALK: The TJRC report: Of Pain and Hope, Peace and a Common Destiny

(Foreword to the Report of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission by TJRC chair Mo Bleeker. The report was handed over to the Government and MILF peace panels separately on… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 March) – Why do human beings suffer? This must be a question raised individually and collectively by human persons through the course of humanity’s history,… »

COMMENTARY: Wanted: A Non-Plundering Vice President

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 24 March) – The sad fact is Filipinos have not been properly invested in choosing a good Vice President (VP). Joseph Estrada, the VP of President… »

MARGINALIA: Religion and post-positivism in International Relations

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews / 20 March) – Way back in early 1990s in Mindanao State University, main campus, in order to facilitate easy memorization, we had to literally sing the… »

THE VOICE: Masculinity Crisis in Government

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY (MindaNews/20 March) — First and foremost, this piece is about Rodrigo Duterte and Women’s Month. About Duterte because I see him as a sign that the masculinity… »

COMMENTARY: Wanted: Community Leader

MELBOURNE (MindaNews/19 March) — A presidential candidate promising a hard-line approach in combatting criminality is certainly most welcome. We are all sick and tired of criminals, both petty and bigtime,… »

MARGINALIA: Newlywed couple and personal finance

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews / 13 March) – (A message delivered at the wedding reception of the writer’s high school batchmates on March 12, 2016.) The first time I read your… »

PEACE STALK: Department of Peace in the Republic of the Philippines

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) — Cabinet-level Departments, and their corresponding budget allocations, are indications of a government’s priorities. During this election season, we often hear presidential candidates promising… »

COMMENTARY: Jovy Salonga: Man

MARIKINA CITY (MindaNews/12 March) — The media called him “Senator”, “Patriot”, and “Statesman”, “Super Lawyer”, “Wonderful Preacher”, etcetera. Indeed, he was all of that. But, to me Jovy was more… »

COMMENTARY: Wanted: A President of All Filipinos

MELBOURNE (MindaNews/12 March) — The Presidential election is not a contest for the weak. There can only be one winner here. Therefore, it is only reasonable to see competitors in… »

Mind da News: Sereno’s Warped Logic

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, March 11, 2016 – Who taught Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno “Logic” and “Argumentation and Debate”? She has warped logic in her response to the criticisms by critics… »


Niadtong ako batà pa, basta ganì mag-eklipse na magdukdok dayog kaldero ug lata ug magsinggit-singgit pa aron abogon ang giingong bakunawa ug iluwà ang bulan o adlaw ba nga kunó… »


FOR a time during the presidency of Benigno Simeon Aquino III, it seemed peace in Mindanao was finally within grasp. On Oct. 5, 2012, the Government of the Philippines (GPH)… »

We ask for your prayers that this Army sergeant who tortured a Tagakolu farmer be brought to trial.

  DIGOS CITY (MindaNews/09 March) — Tagakolu farmer Orlando Engo of Sitio Matamis, Barangay Demoloc, Malita, Davao Occidental was subjected to torture by Sgt. Sandy Batolbatol of the 72nd Infantry… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Seizing suspected NoKor ship reckless and provocative

I almost fell off from my seat when I read the Sunday newspapers reporting that a SUSPECTED (caps to highlight) North Korean cargo vessel “Jin Teng” docked in Subic port delivering palm… »

COMMENTARY: Wanted: Problem Solvers

MELBOURNE (MindaNews/06 March) — One of my initial assignments as a legal researcher of a distinguished senator from Mindanao eons ago was to scour the 1987 Constitution for provisions bearing… »


by ANDREA BEATRICE C. VASO DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 March) – Sec. 13 of Article XI of Ordinance No. 0546-13 of Davao City states that projects which are of socio-economic and… »

PEACETALK: What next in the Mindanao peace process?

by KRISTIAN HERBOLZHEIMER  and  EMMA LESLIE, Conciliation Resources The non-passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by Congress did not come as a surprise. It was a scenario foreseen by… »

COMMENTARY: When overriding the Mayor’s veto is buffoonery

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 February) — A good speaker, particularly a facilitator, respects the intelligence of his listeners. In the same way a good writer gives his readers’ intellectual… »

COMMENTARY: Worrying about 2022

    MELBOURNE, Australia (Mindanews / 28 February) — Filipinos, all 100 million+ of us, are presently hostage to two dire circumstances: 1) a gigantic and still growing population; and,… »


TAGUM CITY (MindaNews / 25 February) — “Turn around,” I said. “Let’s give it another pass. I want to take a picture.” It was the sight of big guns out… »

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