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… »


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… »

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