As you look at the portraits, feel that hope

(Speech delivered at the opening of the photo exhibit, “Rody Duterte: Through the years,” at the second floor of the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on June 23, 2016. The… »

MINDAVIEWS: Notes on Humor, Stereotypes, Muslims, Bombays, and the Bisaya Accent (a self-reflexive meditative piece)

METRO MANILA (MindaNews/26 June) — While trying on two pairs of pumps at a department store in Manila, I asked the salesman to help me choose which pair looked better… »


Pusil buhian nga sa gahom tinubdan? Padayon! Asdang! Pusil himan lang alang sa Katuyoan. May laing dalan. Lisod nga puy-an ang dilì ta naandan. Atong sulayan. Dakong kaisog sa kalinaw… »

COMMENTARY: Are Filipinos ready for constitutional reform?

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 22 June) – Many constitutional scholars maintain that pathologies in a constitution can emerge during its reign. These pertain to provisions in the constitutional text itself… »

COMMENTARY: DU30 wants you!!! (Getting Employed in the Regime of Change)

RADJAH BUAYAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 19 June) — President Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has implied that he wanted only the best and the brightest for his government. His administration will formally start… »


DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/19 Hunyo) — Kining leyenda gihubad gikan sa libro ni Eduardo Galeano nga nag-ulohag Genesis nga gimantala niadtong 1998. Sa lasang sa Amazon, ang unang babaye ug… »

COMMENTARY: A Tausug Voice on Orlando and Jolo

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/18 June) — Barely a week into the fasting month of Ramadan, our peaceful introspection and prayerful reveries were shattered by newsfeeds on the gruesome mayhem wreaked by… »

BISAG UNSA: Ang kuwaknit sumala sa mga Zapotec

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews / 18 June) — Kining leyenda mahitungod sa kuwaknit akong gihubad gikan sa libro ni Eduardo Galeano, usa ka magsusulat sa Uruguay, South America. Ang leyenda… »

LATE BLOOMS: Thankful (A Father’s Father’s Day Prayer)

Thanks, Heavens, for this chance I almost missed, seeing them grown up and happy whom we raised. It was no easy struggle, not at all, but it was more than… »

NOTES FROM FR. JOEL: President Duterte Designates Prof. Jose David Lapuz CHED Chair

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) — I first saw him on TV during the Duterte Miting de Avance when the Presidential Candidate bowed to him as his former teacher… »

PEACETALK: When Blue meets Red

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) — The University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC) of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) hosted a multistakeholder Pakighinabi (conversation) with the National Democratic Front… »

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS:  Poverty incidence and Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 June) – Poverty is among the biggest hurdles for Bukidnon. The provincial government should prepare and present a clear anti-poverty strategy. They need to show results between… »

ANGAY-ANGAY LANG: Banwa ko, Mindanao: a forum on nationalism through Mindanao Culture·

Introduksyon Ato kining sugdan pinaagi sa pagpaminaw sa tulo ka bersyon sa pambansang awit, Espanyol, Ingles ug Tagalog. Unang pangutana. Adto ta sa duha ka ulahing linya. Unsay inyong gibati… »

TURNING POINT: The Other Side of Midnight

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/12 June) — In every change of administration, the practice to start all over again from scratch is wasteful and unproductive. It will be advantageous for the… »

ANGAY-ANGAY LANG: Suitability of the Federal System in Mindanao

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 11 June 2016) — My gut feel is that this is the political structure that suits us at this stage of our political life as a… »

PEACETALK: Complicated Peace Infrastructure

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) — The peace infrastructure between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is complicated and unstable. We need to… »

THE POINT BEING: Small-town thinking

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 June) — Shortly after the counting trends showed that candidate Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the pack of presidential aspirants, criticism surfaced that his was going… »

PEACETALK: Why a BBL amidst discussions and excitement about federalism?

  COTABATO CITY ( MindaNews / 08 June) — Don’t get me wrong. I am as excited as many Mindanawons about federalism. Our excitement, however, should not distract us from… »

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: Follow through citizenship

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 7 June) – “The people have spoken,” the announcer said, then asked the old, come-backing and new officials to stand and be recognized as the “choice… »

LATE BLOOMS: It’s Over, Let’s Begin

The campaign period’s already finished, counting of the votes has been completed, and the final winners have been declared: why with attack-defense remain obsessed? For what worthwhile purpose and useful… »


Matod pa, pasagdan lang usâ kuno si Tatay sa iyang pagpinilyo kay totál pag-abot sa buwan sa Hulyo pagbugoy-bugoy undangon na kuno ug siya na magseryoso. Na hala sige, magpaabot… »

NOTES FROM FR. JOEL: The President and the King

[Address to the ADDU General Faculty Convocation, Finster Auditorium, June 2, 2016] We have a new President of the Philippines, our Philippines. His name is Rodrigo Duterte. And he is… »

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: How not to get killed in media?

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 1 June) – I am reviewing my instructional materials (IMs) in journalism/media writing even if classes in our university resume only in August. June-July has become… »

COMMENTARY: On federalism and local development

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 1 June) – Will federalism actually lead to economic progress for regions outside of “Imperial Manila”? A resounding “Yes!” is the hard sell used by barnstorming… »

COMMENTARY: Libingan ng mga Bayani

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 May) — Dear Mayor Duterte: There are that feelings of sadness, anger, betrayal, and confusion when I heard you announce your approval of the late… »

COMMENTARY: Digong Landslide in the Mountains of Malita

MALITA, Davao Occidental (MindaNews / 28 May) — Stories abound in the Tagakolu communities in the mountains of Malita, Davao Occidental of the failure of the concerted effort of the big… »

COMMENTARY: How to really keep the community safe

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 26 May) – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s hard-line approach in combating criminality is absolutely necessary. We are all sick and tired of criminals, both petty and bigtime,… »

COMMENT: Duterte put in bad light

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 May) — Unless it is his way of finding relief from his promises, presumptive President Rodrigo R. Duterte must restrain his cabinet-member designates and top allies… »

PEACETALK: Which should come first? Pass BBL or shift to federalism?

MINDAVIEWS PEACETALK: Which should come first? Pass BBL or shift to federalism? Naguib Sinarimbo COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/22 May) — With the proposal to shift to federal-parliamentary government gaining traction in… »

PEACETALK: As Duterte would say, this is about “correcting historical injustice”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 May) — This presumptuous guy, Pantaleon Alvarez is suggesting the Duterte administration will simply scrap all peace agreements – with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and… »

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: Reviving youth passion in a new administration

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/20 May) — It was rejuvenating to revive youth passion, cross paths and share notes and ideas on peacebuilding with fellow alumnus of the National Youth Parliament Atty. Meong Cabarde… »

COMMENTARY: Let us respect and strengthen our institutions

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 May) — The current controversy surrounding the tampering of computer program codes on the automated canvassing of votes for national candidates from President down to Senators has… »

COMMENT: BBL: Options Apt for Bangsamoro

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 May) – Will the Bangsamoro be established under the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte? MILF Chairman Murad Ebrahim sounds optimistic. (MindaNews, May 15,… »

PEACETALK: Historic victory

(Letter of Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim to presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on 10 May 2016). His Excellency President-Elect RODRIGO R. DUTERTE Davao City Dear President-Elect… »

COMMENTARY: Mindanawons weigh in on Duterte Presidency

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 May) — If the rise of “promdi” Rody Duterte to the presidency is phenomenal in itself, what does one call the prospects of a Mindanao economic “rebirth”… »

Mind da News: Poe loses but wins

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 13, 2016 – Senator Grace Poe lost the presidential election but she has won a place in the history of Philippine election. As a graceful loser,… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Missing Mothers Day and Philippine elections

SKIEN, Norway (MindaNews/09 May) — It was 2am at a cozy cabin in Fossingfjord on the sunny side of Norway when my phone started beeping with incoming messages. I had… »

COMMENTARY: The Winner Tomorrow

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 May) — My candidate in tomorrow’s election is the Filipino people. And am pretty sure they will be the runaway winner. Notwithstanding the alarm hyped… »

COMMENTARY: Why I’m Voting Duterte

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 08 May) — Physical-Sensory dimension: Nakita ko ang pagaayos ng Dabaw, natira ako roon nang matagal. Magaling siyang Mayor, marunong mag-delegate at kaya ring mag micro-manage… »

COMMENT: Election 2016 as We See It (II)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 May) — Yesterday, with reference to presidential elections since 1930, we considered the 2016 presidential election issues as “old tale retold”; today, we will discuss this… »

CIRCULAR LETTER: Six questions for the voter

(Circular letter on the 2016 Elections issued by Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, Archbishop of Cotabato City, addressed to the “Beloved People of God in the Archdiocese of Cotabato” on… »

PASTORAL LETTER: A matter of conscience

(Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ, addressed to “The People of God in the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro and all persons of good will, issued on 3 May… »

COMMENT: Election 2016 as We See It

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 May) – We have observed Philippine elections since the 1930s. While blest with the most modern facilities, the 2016 election is old tale retold,… »

TURNING POINT: Succumbing to a Scam

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 5 May) – If someone offers to double your money in three months’ time or increase it by 200 percent in six months, would you… »


Katulog nga minanok bunga sa kahingawang mihamok sa pangisip nga sa kalibog gisamok sa kagahob sa lugaynong panaglabok. Mga buot kuno sa lungsod ug nasod moalagad nanag-indigay sa maanindot nga… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOW: Digong and desperation

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/05 May) – For all his faults, some of them too chilling for comfort, one has to credit Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte for succeeding to capture… »

COMMENTARY: More work after May 9

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/04 May) — The crazy festive mood of this year’s election season commenced when the Archangel Lucifer, the Far East Hitler, an Intergalactic Space Ambassador and a host… »

PEACETALK: Plan B: Post-BBL Non-Passage

NAGA CITY (MindaNews/04 May) — In the wake (pun intended as funeral vigil, as there was understandable mourning or “deep disappointment and grave dismay” by those who worked and prayed… »

COMMENT: Duterte’s Rape Joke

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 2¸ 2016 – One for the book — presidential candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte’s April 12 joke on the Australian missionary who was taken hostage by prisoners… »

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