Mind da News: “Bangsamoro” Must Go to Congress

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 25, 2014 — “Bangsamoro: Documents and Materials, the two-volume book  jointly published by the Ateneo de Davao University and MindaNews and launched last April 9, should… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Persistent cynicism

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) — In a way, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) can thank the weakness of our democracy for the concessions it won from negotiating… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Across the Sea, Mindanao reaches out to Leyte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 April) — For the 210 households who are currently living in the village of Sta. Cruz, a picturesque coastal village in Tanauan, Leyte, Davao del Norte was… »

PEACETALK: On the Draft BBL

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 April) — There is a lot of speculation going on vis-a-vis the said draft, considering that the Bangsamoro Transition Commission’s (BTC) protocol says that it works by… »

COMMENT: Aquino III’s Messages: What a Revelation!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 23, 2014 – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III delivered to the nation two messages in four days – one, his Lenten Message on Maundy Thursday;… »

TURNING POINT: The Earth: Ours to Love, to Live

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/23 April) — The 22 of April is celebrated annually as Earth Day to raise worldwide awareness on the need to care for and protect the planet… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: The Pathetic State of Our Democracy

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/23 April) — It’s really too bad that we’ve passed up so many opportunities to entrench the democratic spirit and institutionalize democratic habits and practices in… »

PEACETALK: Learning a lesson from the LGC and the ARMM

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 23 April) — The current administration of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has given its full support behind the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: The imperative of hands-on democracy now

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 21 April) – We’ve had over a century of democracy and electoral politics but real democracy and inclusive development—its putative by-product—continues to be elusive.… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Normalization: some practical considerations

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/21 April) – Of the four Annexes to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Annex on Normalization is one that bears… »

BATANG MINDANAW: On religion, faith and God

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 21 April) – I will never fully get the hang of it. As I sit inside our toilet, staring at the copy of Desiderata my mother… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: MILF Peace Pact: What if….?


  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — There are many questions that since have arisen after the signing of the comprehensive agreement for the Bangsamoro (CAB). Most of them are questions… »

MINDAVIEWS WORM’S EYEVIEW: Political will must reflect the will of the people

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — So much is said of the importance of “political will” in leadership whether in or out of government, usually as regards strength of… »

KONTRA KOMPAS: Ang silingan

  GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 April) – Mahimo nga imong numero unong kontra, ilabi na kung kugihan moabli sa iyang baba aron isangyaw ang imong ngil-ad nga batasan, baho nga… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: The heat is on Heat

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 April) – This Holy Week looks auspicious for Filipino sports lovers. Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao redeemed himself against Timothy Bradley in their grudge rematch on Palm Sunday.… »

BATANG MINDANAW: Rant of an EXO fan

(Content warning: It’s just me ranting and this will be extremely biased. I most likely won’t receive soon any hate or whatever because I am not Tumblr famous, and this… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: By the skin of our faith

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/Good Friday 2014) – On Maundy Thursday National Geographic replayed a documentary on the mystery surrounding the Holy Foreskin, said to be the only flesh of Jesus The… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Holy Week of time past

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 17 April) – Time was when Holy Week was, well, holy, that is, if one’s yardstick is the degree of silence and inactivity during the final… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Debate on when life begins lives on (2)

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/16 April) – In the ponencia on the petitions to declare the Reproductive Health Law unconstitutional the Supreme Court held that conception, as stated in Article II, Section… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Summer na ba?

Kanus-a man gyud ang summer? Daghan jud na-bother Semana Santa na man pero nganong ting-ulan pa man? pirme man lang nag-lpa di ganahan ini mga npa nindot unta mag-lakwatsha mag-pahangin-hangin… »

CRUCIBLE: Travel and Retreat

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/15 April) – The University of the Philippines will have a long vacation with the shift of academic calendar (August to December for the First Semester) in consonance… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Debate on when life begins lives on

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 April) — A total of fourteen petitions questioning the constitutionality of the reproductive health (RH) law were filed at the Supreme Court, which handed down a decision… »

QUN FAYA QUN: Stories and Realities

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 April) — For almost more than four decades, we were made to believe that there was such thing as a Bangsa Moro nation – a nation of… »

COMMENT: Impact Overrated (2)

II. Personal Testimony GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 14, 2014 – In the first part of this article, we cited some data from a paper at the University of the Philippines,… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Ang Gahum ni Mommy

Karong gigamit na ni Mommy ang passport sa victory ni Manny di na gyud mag-alig-alig ang many pusta jud mo pirmi kang Manny Tan-awa si Badly, aw, Bradley gi-orasyonan ni… »

KONTRA-KOMPAS: Inato lang

DAKBAYAN SA GENERAL SANTOS  (MindaNews / 13 April) — Nganong Binisaya ug dili sa pinulongang Ingles? Pangutana sa mga kahigalaan dihang misugyot ko sa pagsulat ug komentaryo sa Binisaya. Alang-alang,… »

PEACETALK: Many and Differing Narratives… towards a Shared Vision and Shared Future?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/13 April) — Whenever we speak of peacebuilding in Mindanao, we need to be reminded that there are several narratives both from within and without of the diverse… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: What’s our idea of community?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 13 April) – The impending birth of the Bangsamoro entity and its official recognition as a distinct community should give us pause. It should… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Is “Matuwid na Daan” A Mere Slogan?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) — Apart from being just a mere slogan, it could also be a vision and a mission. It could be a vision of propriety… »

COMMENT: Impact Overrated

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – Last April 1, Philippine Daily Inquirer posted online its editorial “Mindanao’s promise”. It is a pitch for the Government-Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: On the RH Law decision: What win-win?

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 April) – Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines, said the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 has been “truly… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Political will and the Bangsamoro

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – To cynics and skeptics about the Bangsamoro peace deal: suppose we give peace a chance, what would we lose and what… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Build Defenses of Peace!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/8 April) — The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) deserves a celebration, like a reunion or homecoming does. After all, it’s the coming together of… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Domeng

Pastilan ni si Domeng wala mahimuot ang among Kanding kagahapon puwerting inita karong buntag hilabihang tugnawa mag-palupad untana mi og tabanog postpone na lang gayud (mga bata excited na ra… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Christian Bigots, Muslim Fundamentalists

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/7 April) — Someone said something attention-getting: “Pray less and work more!” He said this was the way to dig our society out of its problems… »

TURNING POINT: Population Management: A Government Imperative

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 06 April) — To have and raise a child, while primarily a family responsibility, is a social concern. Wherever located, in urban or rural setting,… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Asa ka Resign?

Kanus-a intawon nahitabo mga buaya mo-resign kung masakpan sa ilang mga binuhatan? pero atong testingan basin diay ma-milagrohan monipis ang ilang bagang nawong ilang konsiensya,kung aduna, mobalintong Dili lalim ang… »

COMMENT: Bangsamoro: Deals to Be Done (2)

II. Before and After GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 4, 2014 – In the first part of this article posted last March 26, we discussed the impact of the transition proper… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Graduation Day

Graduation day na! si Dodong ug Inday sa stage mo-linya aron pagkuha sa diploma Si mama ug papa nagpahiyom bisan sa kainit, hapit na ninglagom mga sakripisyo dili basta-basta molampos… »

TURNING POINT: To Forgive, Never to Forget

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 31 March) – It’s a long journey to peace. For peace to dwell in the land, people must open up, thresh out their differences and… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: MILF Peace Pact can be formula for disaster

 if…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 March) — I was not able to watch live the TV coverage of the signing of the peace agreement  at Malacanang but from what I gathered from… »

CRUCIBLE: Moro Dialectic and RP-Malaysia’s Unwritten Rule

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 30 March) — We would supposedly talk about the recently held Arab Summit in Kuwait. It is thought that said event spoke volume of the dynamics… »

THE VOICE: Euphoria, Yin & Yang Over Agreements

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/30 March) — There’s just something about being euphoric that’s eerie.  We just can’t shake off our penchant for pomp and revelry like what we just witnessed over… »

MIND DA NEWS: CAB in reality

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 March) — With dignitaries from Asia, the Arab countries, European Union and the America among the more or less 1,500 witnesses, the Government of… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Earth Hour

Angay baya gyun’g suportahan ang Earth Hour pero dinhi sa Mindanao mura’g mahulog ni nga tiaw-tiaw duha hangtud upat baya ang brown-out siguro taga-abroad makurat ‘di gyud ni lipat-lipat hapit… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Peace agreement and forebodings of ‘unpeace’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 March) – Who would have thought years ago that today, right in the grounds of Malacañang where the fate of Mindanao has had been shaped since colonial… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: To be instruments of peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – On Thursday, 27 March, one prays to the God of many names that a gentle wind blows across the thousand islands of our ancestral… »

COMMENT: Bangsamoro: Deals to Be Done

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – The establishment of the Bangsamoro in lieu of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao before President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III steps… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Reality check (on sincerity, good governance)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – Just a few more days and it’ll be Saturday, March 29 – the day synchronized Barangay Assembly meetings will take place… »

TURNING POINT: Hoping in Hope

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 26 March) – On Thursday, 27 of March 2014, the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… »

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