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PEACETALK: Let us therefore make peace our goal for peace is possible

(Acceptance speech of Prof. Abhoud Syed Mansur M. Lingga, a Moro leader who was conferred a Doctor of Humanities in Peace and Development degree,...

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: An event to remember

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 March) – March 26, 1983... or 34 years ago this coming Sunday, March 26, 2017... was the Saturday before...

TURNING POINT: Not Again

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 19 March) -- Faced with the unchecked criminality in southern Philippine islands, particularly the beheading of a German national...

PEACETALK: It Is Not Your Story: Jabidah Massacre After 49 Years

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/18 March) -- For a change this year I don’t want to look back on Jabidah Massacre with morbidity, an angry fist...

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Lumad scholars in our midst

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 March) --   Something quite historic took place in the Board room of the Finster Building at Ateneo de Davao...

COMMENTARY: For the Con-Com: food security must be a constitutional right!

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/17 March) -- The United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development identified food security as an extremely urgent global priority. But truth...

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Pagsyur Na Mo Ba

Oy, morag nindot ganì ning balitaa! Nagsikreto diay sila og estorya, backchannel kunó matod pa. Ug nagkasinabot nga pistoks ipadayon ra, ingon man ang sispayr ibalik na. (Pero ang...

LATE BLOOMS: Damaged Gods

In our all-consuming ambition (obsession?) for rectification of all the imperfection that constantly bring us dissatisfaction in desperation we seek salvation in gods that capture our imagination and to...

SPONSORSHIP SPEECH for SOGIE Equality Bill: Pag-asa para sa pagkakapantay-pantay

  The Anti-Discrimination Bill, now known as the SOGIE Equality Bill, was first filed in the 11th Congress by Akbayan Party-List Representative Etta Rosales. Under...

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Justice and the Politics of Difference

DAVAO  CITY (MindaNews/13 March) -- The Keynote Speaker did not directly refer to Extra-Judicial Killings (EJKs) taking place in the country today on account...

MARGINALIA: Is the Philippine IR discipline ready to be disciplined?

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews /13 March) – Through a last-minute intervention by a mighty Pen, I was able to attend the 2017 founding Philippine International...

LATE BLOOMS: Creative Truth

A belief repeated repeatedly repeated over and over reiterated again and again restated erases unbelief drowns out disbelief becomes a truth believed a truth to be lived. It matters not whether it’s true...

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Puslan Man — Resurrected

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 March) -- Buried into the cupboards of many minds among Davao’s artists, cultural workers and activists who were in their  prime...

COMMENT: A Postscript: to “Good! Enough? In All Honesty …”

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 10 March) -- In “Good! Enough? In All Honesty …” (COMMENT: MindaNews, February 22, 23 and 26), we said the...

BATANG MINDANAW: Philippine biodiversity: richer than our limited imaginations

By Armel Grace M. Lugod DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 March) – Biodiversity is the existence of various life forms in a common setting –...

BATANG MINDANAW: A Dilemma of Dramatically Ironic Proportions

MIAG-AO, Iloilo (MindaNews / 9 March) – A long time ago, when knee socks were tucked into black shoes and words like sovereignty and...

TURNING POINT: A Senate inquiry to suppress information?

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 9 March) – A Senate inquiry in aid of legislation is simply that – to help the legislators in...

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Terminally Accused: Si Allah na ang bahala sa akin (God will...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 March) – On International Women’s Day 2017, I remember Jalila Maulani, whom I met five years ago when I...

TURNING POINT: Death Penalty law: Legitimizing the Assault on the Poor

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental  (MindaNews / 05 March) -- A watered-down bill on the re-imposition of death penalty in the country may soon be passed...

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: The Role of Research in Higher Education

(Excerpt from plenary address given by the author at the 1st Graduate Research and Innovation Conference of the Ateneo de Davao School of Arts and...

PEACETALK: Dispatches from around the coral reefs: Sulu and its discontenders

I bombed Sulu every night. My engine sang into the lush, blue sky. I didn’t know if they would live or die. I bombed Sulu every night. Red...

MINDANAWON ABROAD: On Drug Addiction, Oplan TokHang and Vigilante Killings

NEW YORK (MindaNews / 04 March) -- A drug addict mother shot in front of her children prompted me to write with hopes that...

LOLA GOT’S LUTONG BAHAY IN AMERICA: Rusalka

HENDERSON, Nevada (MindaNews / 2 March) – Yesterday was Trump’s first speech at the joint Congress. We tried to stay and listen to his...

LATE BLOOMS: Mind-Bender

There is no mind-bender worse or stronger -- not even meth, cocaine and ecstasy all put together. Indeed it is the ultimate mind-bender known ever. Power: it is a soul-eater. Eric S.B. Libre 2 March 2017 (Eric S.B. Libre is...

COMMENT: Good! Enough? In All Honesty … (3)

Last of three parts III. Not That Simple GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 February) -- When Secretary Jesus Dureza hailed the release of the names...

PEACETALK:  May peace reign in the Bangsamoro… in Mindanao… in the country.

(Speech delivered by Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair of the Moro Islamic LIberatin Front, at the launch of the new BTC MILF Chairman on...

COMMENTARY: On the economic prescriptions of the new charter

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/24 February) -- President Rodrigo Duterte’s historic win was brought about by the 16 million voters who believed in his promise of...

TURNING POINT: The Scent of Downfall

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/24 February) -- It is now evident the Duterte Davao model in fighting criminality, the drug menace and corruption could not...

COMMENT: Good! Enough? In All Honesty …  (2)

2nd of three parts: Worrisome Consequences GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 February) -- Contrary to the original plan, not all MNLF (Moro National Liberation...

COMMENT: Good! Enough? In All Honesty … (1)

I: Signal to Start GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 February) --  President Rodrigo R. Duterte finally ordered the much-awaited release of the names of...

MESSAGE: A Culture of Selfless Service

(Message of Vice President Leni Robredo delivered at the launch of Angat Buhay and Xavier University Social Development Week Celebration at Xavier University /...

PEACETALK: I step down with the pride and honor

(Message delivered by Muslimin G.  Sema when he stepped down as Chair of the MNLF during the Central Committee meeting on Sunday, February 19,...

PEACETALK: The GRP-NDF peace negotiations and process aren’t over

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Feb) --The peace talks between the Philippine Government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is...

An Open Letter to the Police Chief of Davao City

18 February 2017 Dear Col. Dubria, I am writing to relay to you a public safety concern brought to my attention yesterday. One of our graduate interns,...

MINDANAWON ABROAD: Maitum Treasures

MINDANAWON ABROAD: Maitum Treasures Carol Villanueva Peralta‎ / New York Long before Maitum was a part of Kiamba... Before Kiamba was ever named Before South Cotabato was established Before Sarangani...

TURNING POINT: A Modus Vivendi that went Kaput

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 13 Feb) – Months earlier they were friends and partners in peace-building. All of a sudden they are called...

COMMENTARY: To the Con-Com: Beware of Feudarilism!

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 12 Feb) – It is an accepted fact that traditional political families control the Philippine political system. Hence, it is...

PEACETALK: I hope one day we wake up to realize no one wins a...

NEW YORK (MindaNews / 12 Feb) -- Two remarkable women, one heartbreaking fate... Here's to hope they died for us to see the light. February...

MINDAVIEWS: Giyera na sab, way nausab

Giyera na sab, way nausab Mao nay change is coming Mas mudaghan na'ng bombing Kay sige nag pinatyanay Daghan gyud mawad-ag tatay O di ba kaha kuya o nanay Maayo...

PEACETALK: Resume peace talks, resume interim ceasefires

NAGA CITY (MindaNews / 11 February) -- The call to resume the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP)...

MARGINALIA: Searching for that etymological school

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews /10 Feb) – The other day, I attended a convocation program of a high school student. It was the third in the...

THE PHILSOUTH LINE: Visiting Katilingban

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/09 February) -- On a bright Sunday I went to Katilingban, a quiet housing project for the urban poor, in Sinunuc, Zamboanga City,...

MIND DA NEWS: Correction, please

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 Feb) -- In the February 7, 2017 MindaNews story, “The Mindanao Cross newspaper: digitized from first issue on Feb. 6,...

KISSA AND DAWAT: The 1974 Battle of Jolo, narratives and quest for social conscience

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 08 Feb) -- Yes narratives, plural, because the February 1974 battle of Jolo was not just a narrative of one...

PEACETALK:  Cancelled peace talks is not the end of our pursuit to peace

(Speech of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus G. Dureza at the Army Governance Forum on 7 February 2017 in Fort Bonifactio, Taguig...

TURNING POINT: The DENR Breather

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/06 February) -- The closure of the operation of a number of mining firms particularly those found in Mindanao as ordered...

COMMENT: Bangsamoro: On the Level Lang!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 Feb) -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed last January 9 the appointment papers of the members of the new 21-member...

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Lumalabayng Kalipay

Nalipay na untà ko og gamay dihang sila nibalik og estoryahay nabuhian ang uban nga preso aron makakuyog didto sa Oslo diin sila sa kalinaw nagkulukabildo ug nagdeklarar pa...

PEACETALK: New developments and continuing challenges for peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 Feb) -- Among the positive developments that came with the lunar new year was news of positive outcomes from...

LOLA GOT’S LUTONG BAHAY IN AMERICA: Lessons in History

HENDERSON, Nevada (MindaNews / 1 Feb) – In an effort to decompress from a continuing nightmare of current political events, we put our focus...

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