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TURNING POINT: Individual versus Collective Rights of Human Beings

TURNING POINT: Individual versus Collective Rights of Human Beings

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/30 August) -- In the current, popularly-backed crusade to end the drug menace in a tight timeframe of six months, apologists of the campaign ha ...

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COMMENTARY: Déjà vu: A Solution to the Philippines’ Looming Power Supply Crisis

COMMENTARY: Déjà vu: A Solution to the Philippines’ Looming Power Supply Crisis

By Robert Bagatsing The Philippines has achieved impressive economic growth numbers in recent years, and has further reinforced its status as one of the major economies of Asia. N ...

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BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: The Elf Band and a lesson on pride of identity

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: The Elf Band and a lesson on pride of identity

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 August) -- I have been apprehensive about the decision to subscribe to P99 a month connection to cable television so that our home’s 3-year old son c ...

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TURNING POINT: Misconception and Misapprehension

TURNING POINT: Misconception and Misapprehension

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 27 August) -- Crimes committed by civilians against other civilians like theft, rape, murder and the like, are the concern and responsibility ...

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PEACETALK: Let us be steadfast in our peace work

PEACETALK: Let us be steadfast in our peace work

(Closing statement of Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, concurrent chari fo the government peace panel for peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front, on 26 Augus ...

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HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Pistoks

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Pistoks

Hay salamat, ang pistoks nabanhaw na! Ug pikas ug pikas parehong sispayr pa gyod gideklara, sa ato pa karon undang na usâ ang ilang gyera. Untà forever na gyod nang pagka undanga. ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Davao down memory lane

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Davao down memory lane

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 August) -- I stood at the corner of Claro Recto (formerly Claveria) and Palma Gil Streets as I watched the 12 entries of the Kadayawan Indak-Indak passed ...

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PEACETALK: We can decisively move forward towards achieving a just and lasting peace

PEACETALK: We can decisively move forward towards achieving a just and lasting peace

(Opening statement of Luis G. Jalandoni, chair of the Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines at the start of the first round of formal peace talks w ...

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PEACETALK: Peace is the task at hand

PEACETALK: Peace is the task at hand

(Opening statement of Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, chair of the Philippine Government (GPH) peace panel in the negotiations with the CPP/NPA/NDF in Oslo, Norway, 22 Aug ...

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PEACE TALK: A just peace must be founded on and sustained by reforms

PEACE TALK: A just peace must be founded on and sustained by reforms

(Opening statement of Prof. Jose Ma. Sison, founding Chairman, Communist Party of the Philippines and Chief Political Consultant, National Democratic of the Philippines, at the GP ...

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PEACETALK: Dawn of a new day; let’s stay the course

PEACETALK: Dawn of a new day; let’s stay the course

(Opening statement of Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza during the formal resumption of peace negotiations with the CPP/NPA/NDF in Oslo, Norway , 9:30am , at Holmenkollen ...

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TURNING POINT; Over-Zealous but Ill-Prepared

TURNING POINT; Over-Zealous but Ill-Prepared

NAWAAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 21 August) -- The Philippine war on illegal drugs employed a mix of purposive and unintended strategies, to wit: Project TokHang- the house t ...

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STATEMENT: Ferdinand E. Marcos and the Lumad and Moro of Mindanao

STATEMENT: Ferdinand E. Marcos and the Lumad and Moro of Mindanao

Ferdinand E. Marcos, who was President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986, did a lot of injustice to the indigenous peoples/Lumad and Moro of Mindanao. Encroachment into the lan ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Defend Life! Not Destroy It!  A Plea To End Extrajudicial Summary Killings

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Defend Life! Not Destroy It! A Plea To End Extrajudicial Summary Killings

(Opening Talk at the forum at Pakighinabi Session at the Mateo Ricci Dialogue Center, 3/F Community Center of the First Companions at the Ateneo de Davao University on 18 August 2 ...

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COMMENTARY: What “Imperial Manila” really means

COMMENTARY: What “Imperial Manila” really means

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/19 August) -- Federalism is the mighty weapon that will destroy Imperial Manila! Federalists actually treat this rallying call as self-evident. No ...

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COMMENT: Notes from SONA 2016

COMMENT: Notes from SONA 2016

On War vs. Drug GENERAL SANTOS CITY, August 19, 2016 – In the first part of this “COMMENT” article last week, we noted at the end four major issues: (1) war against criminality an ...

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PEACETALK: “No more waiting. Start implementing”

PEACETALK: “No more waiting. Start implementing”

(Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza delivered an extemporaneous speech at the August 13, 2016 launch of the implementation phase of the GPH-MILF peace process ...

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PEACETALK:  There must be a final closure to this cycle of conflict in Mindanao

PEACETALK: There must be a final closure to this cycle of conflict in Mindanao

(This piece was delivered by Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim at the August 13, 2016 launch of the implementation phase of the GPH-MILF peace process under ...

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STATEMENT:  An Open Letter to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the Marcos Burial at LNMB

STATEMENT: An Open Letter to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the Marcos Burial at LNMB

Minahal nga Presidente Duterte, We are Dabawenyos who are struggling with and problematizing the planned burial of Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB). We ar ...

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PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Killing Mary Jane Veloso

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Killing Mary Jane Veloso

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 August) -- Friday, August 12 August 12, 2016, marked the 1,000th victim of extra judicial killing since the May 10 election, 598 at the hands of the polic ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic (4)

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic (4)

A different kind of constitutional convention CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/12 August) -- This is the fourth and final installment of my series on constitutional change. In the p ...

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THE SMILING FOREHEAD: My President Goes to War

THE SMILING FOREHEAD: My President Goes to War

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 11 Aug) – That eerie and chilling sight and sound would not leave me for days. It kept running through my head like a sad song; waking my sleep like an ...

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MIND DA NEWS: Approved, Authorized But Wrong

MIND DA NEWS: Approved, Authorized But Wrong

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 Aug 2016) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte, with due respect to the 16 million Filipinos who elected him, has approved and authorized the burial ...

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TURNING POINT: Dissent and the Old Roman Justice System

TURNING POINT: Dissent and the Old Roman Justice System

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/08 August) -- Nothing is absolutely wrong with a senate’s probe of the extrajudicial executions and vigilante killings occurring daily under th ...

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COMMENTARY: Before Con-Ass, Con-Con or Con-Com, Con-Ed first

COMMENTARY: Before Con-Ass, Con-Con or Con-Com, Con-Ed first

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/05 August) -- President Rodrigo Duterte won on a platform that included giving the federalization of the Philippines very serious consideration. Th ...

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COMMENT: Notes from SONA 2016

COMMENT: Notes from SONA 2016

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – With his first State of the Nation Address last July 25, President Rodrigo R. Duterte broke protocol, precedents and tradition. As he ent ...

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LOLA GOT’S LUTONG BAHAY IN AMERICA: Flying the Orange Train

LOLA GOT’S LUTONG BAHAY IN AMERICA: Flying the Orange Train

Touchdown in San Jose, CA. The weather outside is remarkably better than the hair-dryer air in Vegas. Pleasant. Comfortably cooler. On the plane, I sat with a Pinay and her son. A ...

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PRIVILEGE SPEECH: EDCA: Tuloy-tuloy na Pambubusabos at  Pagyurak  ng Pambansang Soberenya

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: EDCA: Tuloy-tuloy na Pambubusabos at Pagyurak  ng Pambansang Soberenya

(Privilege Speech ni Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani T. Zarate sa Kongreso, Agosto 2, 2016) Ginoong Speaker: Noong ika-dalawampu’t anim ng Hulyo, inilabas ng Korte Suprema ang nagi ...

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SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Governing by impulse

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Governing by impulse

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/01 August) -- President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of a unilateral ceasefire with the New People’s Army, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Phi ...

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THE POINT BEING: On drug addiction and SONA 2016

THE POINT BEING: On drug addiction and SONA 2016

(This piece was first published in two parts on July 29 and 30 in Sun.Star Davao where Mags Z. Maglana writes a weekly column, “The Point Being.” Permission to reprint granted Min ...

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THE SMILING FOREHEAD: The Lion Kambing

THE SMILING FOREHEAD: The Lion Kambing

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 August) -- The history of Tarzan may abound with similar tales of how vine-swinging is never a forgotten skill to be outgrown, although Tarzan can als ...

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COMMENTARY: Burma (Myanmar) and the Philippines: change is coming?

COMMENTARY: Burma (Myanmar) and the Philippines: change is coming?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 30 July) -- In mid-2015 I wrote an article on the similarities and differences of Burma and the Philippines at a time when both countries were pre ...

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BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: Reflecting on the killings for “better Philippines” 

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: Reflecting on the killings for “better Philippines” 

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/29 July) – The world is very opinionated, thanks to social media. Even a nine-year old may now react directly to a shared post on a politician’s decisio ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic (3)

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic (3)

Options for federalism Federalism requires a fundamental reallocation of powers and functions. In the end, we must design it according to the evidence available on what will work ...

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PAGDARO SA KALINAW: The Dark Knight Rises – Batman Duterte and Robin “Bato” Probinsyano Save The Day

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: The Dark Knight Rises – Batman Duterte and Robin “Bato” Probinsyano Save The Day

[A previous version of this article first appeared as “Bayanihan Justice (Part 2): Bangon! Killing kids (and adults) in Davao didn't stop crime” in Jeremy Simons Pagdaro sa Kalina ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Mindanao as Land of Promise: A Dream Revisited

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Mindanao as Land of Promise: A Dream Revisited

Three “wise” men at the top of the political power structure of the Republic of the Philippines: will it truly make a difference for the Mindanawons who have been pushed to the ma ...

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THE SMILING FOREHEAD : The Dureza Peace Formula for the Bangsamoro and its Implications in Sulu Archipelago

THE SMILING FOREHEAD : The Dureza Peace Formula for the Bangsamoro and its Implications in Sulu Archipelago

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/24 July) -- Change is Coming. This is President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise that brightens us up and redeems the homeland and raayat of Bangsa Suluk out of ...

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PEACETALK: Dear President Duterte

PEACETALK: Dear President Duterte

MANILA (MindaNews/24 July) -- On July 18, 3,000 Mindanao Lumad, farmers, Moro, workers and activists embarked on a Manilakbayan (caravan) to take part in President Rodrigo Duterte ...

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MY, MY, MY MARAWI: The quest for historical justice

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: The quest for historical justice

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 24 July) –  On the 42nd floor of Ortigas hotel after Eidul Fitr holidays, women civil society groups gathered anew. Sister Arnold Maria Noel offered an ac ...

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PEACETALK: MILF will always be guided by protocols and mechanisms

PEACETALK: MILF will always be guided by protocols and mechanisms

(MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal delivered this message during the launch of the book "Mindanao: The Long Journey to Peace and Prosperity" on 19 July 2016 at Discovery Prime ...

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CRUCIBLE: Sizing up Du30’s Grit

CRUCIBLE: Sizing up Du30’s Grit

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – The ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, Netherlands on 12 July 2016 on the Philippines’ case against China is percei ...

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COMMENTARY: Drug addiction: Health and Human Rights Dimension

COMMENTARY: Drug addiction: Health and Human Rights Dimension

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 July) -- Drug addiction is an epidemic. It is public health issue and should be addressed accordingly. Drug addicts are not criminals. They are sick, an ...

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COMMENT: Manny, Mandate Matters

COMMENT: Manny, Mandate Matters

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 18, 2016 – The Philippine Star, July 13 and Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 14 reported that Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, now in his first term as “Senator ...

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PEACETALK: Should peace really be contingent on the BBL?

PEACETALK: Should peace really be contingent on the BBL?

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 17 July) -- All Filipinos want peace. Let us be clear with this. We are all aware of how the longstanding armed conflict in Muslim Mindanao has b ...

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MY, MY, MY MARAWI: Ramadhan 2016 Memories

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: Ramadhan 2016 Memories

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 17 July) -- Just like a battle, Ramadhan readiness prepares one to face the enemy, to deny the temptation of sweet icy cakes, chocolates and ooze of burge ...

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HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Tikdol-Tikdol Way Taytol

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Tikdol-Tikdol Way Taytol

Ang kinabuhì kinabuhì, ug ang balaod balaod walay pagpihig walay gipilì mayukmok man o hamilì. Ug kon managsama pakawad-an ta og bili ang duha, asa na lang ta punita? Eric S.B. Li ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic (2)

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic (2)

Constitutonal change options CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – Now that President Duterte has clearly expressed his preference for a constitutional convention (ConCon) as ...

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BISAG UNSA: Babayeng Pilipina: 1521 ug 1840

BISAG UNSA: Babayeng Pilipina: 1521 ug 1840

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews / 10 July) -- Sumala ni Pigafetta nga maoy tigrekord sa Ekspedisyong Magellan nga miabot sa Pilipinas sa 1521, ang mga babayeng Pilipina walay sapot s ...

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TURNING POINT: Insidious

TURNING POINT: Insidious

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 10 July) -- Without official and public declaration, the enemy has actually invaded the country long time ago, wrecking havocs to lives and i ...

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CRUCIBLE:  Message on Eidu l-fitr 2016 — Fitnah, Spirituality, and the Bangsamoro

CRUCIBLE: Message on Eidu l-fitr 2016 — Fitnah, Spirituality, and the Bangsamoro

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 08 July) --  Today’s eidu l-fitr is a blessed day (eidun mubarak). It is a day in expressing thanks and gratitude to Allah (SWT). It is a day in declaring ...

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