A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Peace and Development as Goals of Legal Education


CRUCIBLE: Message on Eidu l-adha 2015 (1) 

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 27 Sept) – Today (Sept. 24). we join the Muslim world in celebrating the eidu l-adha (Day of Sacrifice) in the year 1436 AH or 2015. More than… »

PEACETALK: Bangsamoro is about social justice

(Delivered at the Mindanao Forum on Peace in Mindanao, organized by the Interreligious Council of the Philippines on Sept. 21, 2015 at the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation Auditorium by Atty. Christian… »

PEACETALK: Notes on the Holiday, by a Girl Living in the ARMM

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/24 Sept) — Before anything else, I’d like to say to our Muslim brothers and sisters, “Eid Mubarak!” It’s a non-working holiday here in the ARMM (Autonomous Region… »

MIND DA NEWS: Tomorrow Never Ends

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 Sept) – Tomorrow never ends. So it seems do deadlines. The Congress has set December 16 as the new deadline for the passage of… »

COMMENTARY: We Want to Speak, Hear Us

An Open Letter of MICHELLE CAMPOS, ALCADEV Graduate and Daughter of Dionel Campos, Chairperson of MAPASU to SOLITA COLLAS-MONSOD, in response to her article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on… »

COMMENT: Mamasapano Revisited (1)

I. Left or Right? GENERAL SANTOS CITY, September 22, 2015 – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, in his 777-word, 13-paragraph speech (English version) to open his September 17 news… »

LATE BLOOMS: That Long September

Long ago it was in September when I had yet not one grey hair, the Man in Malacañang seized absolute power and on the country unleashed a nightmare. In the… »

PEACETALK: Pressing Peace Legislation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 Sept) — The peace negotiations between the Moro Islamic Liberation Force (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) emerged out of a situation of war. It… »

THE VOICE: Heneral Luna: Reflections

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY (MindaNews/21 September) — Why look for unity when it’s not there…? My eyes still stung long after Gel, Ruby and I left the movie house.  It’s been… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Cinema in situ

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/20 September) — IN SITU,  the Latin phrase that literally means “in its (original) place or position” as well as “on site” or “in position”,  “locally”, “on the premises”… »

LATE BLOOMS: Cowardice

Sometimes, maybe oftentimes, I’d wish I could just vanish disappear off earth’s face leave behind forget all this. But I am such a coward. And so I sleepwalk onward, smiling… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Mindanao Specter over APEC Summit

  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews /19 Sept) — The Philippines will have a good moment in the sun in November when we host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’… »

Mind da News: Complicating the Simple

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, September 18, 2015 – Last September 8, President Aquino, at the exclusive “Meet Inquirer Multimedia Forum” with the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s editors and staff, disclosed there had… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Recovering Tacloban

TACLOBAN CITY (MindaNews/18 September) — Almost midnight, from six floors up in a corner suite of a downtown hotel, the sparse streetlights cast their lambent glow on a lonely figure… »

THIS BLESSED HOUSE: We can pierce the darkness of hate, bias and prejudice

(Speech delivered at the launching of the book, “Rays of the Invisible Light – Collected Works by Young Moro Writers,” at the ARMM Regional Library in Cotabato City on Tuesday,… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Let us restore the rule of law in Surigao

(Privilege speech delivered by Senator Teofisto Guingona III at the Senate on September 14, 2015) Mr. President, before I proceed with my speech, I notice there are students here. I… »

CRUCIBLE: Arab Humanitarian Crisis (3)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – There are times when we can be gripped by a global crisis despite being far from the center of its gravity. We can… »

PEACETALK: The legislators want peace?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 Sept) — The legislators don’t seem to want to call it the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) anymore. Both in the House (HB 5811) and the Senate (SB… »

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Ang Pagharì sa Talabusaw

Managkatribu man untà, managkadugò, apan ngano kahâ nga kini nahitabô? Managkatribu man untà, managkadugò, apan giulang sa kapintas, kalisang ug kasukô. Yutang kabilin, yutang nahibilin matod sa uban, dapit nga… »

CRUCIBLE: Qur’an – Revelation Continuum (2)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 13 September) – When we share the joy of Birmingham University and the Muslim community in Britain about the newly found fragments of the Holy Qur’an… »

CRUCIBLE: Arab Humanitarian Crisis (2)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 12 Sept) – When we take a rather critical perspective of International law including International Humanitarian Law (IHL) as defined essentially by international politics where rules… »


Mga layás kami niadto nga maingon, mga dakponon nga sa hagit misanong batok sa usa ka diktador nakigharong, ug sa imong ganghaan kami imong gipadayón. Sa inyong pinuy-anan imo kaming… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOW: A continuing proxy war in Mindanao

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 September) – It was during Martial Law that the military started using subalterns in the campaign against the communist-led New People’s Army (NPA). In areas that were… »

COMMENT: Neglect Most Evident

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 September) – By coincidence, our urgent trip to Cotabato City last September 4 and the September 3 report of The Philippine Star that we… »

DISPATCHES: Killings of Philippine Tribal Members Spark Public Furor

It’s been a bloodbath for the Lumad, the collective name for the indigenous peoples of the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. On August 18, Philippine government soldiers allegedly killed five… »

PEACETALK: With Trust and Faith, Peace is possible

TIRANA, Albania (MindaNews/09 Sept) — On March 27, 2014, we, the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), respectively represented here by myself and Prof. Abhoud Lingga, signed the… »

PEACETALK: Peace is always possible

TIRANA, Albania (MindaNews / 08 September) — We thought that there was no possibility for peace in Mindanao after prolonged conflict when more than 50,000 people died, more than a… »


(This is the author’s Preface to “Rays of the Invisible Light – Collected Works by Young Moro Writers,” which will be launched at the ARMM Regional Library in Cotabato City… »

CRUCIBLE: Arab Humanitarian Crisis

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 06 Sept) — The good news is that the sense of humanity among individuals and families remains vibrant across the world. It continuously resonates in situations… »

COMMENTARY: Garbage In, Garbage Out: Misleading Speculations on Pamana’s Demise

By Jayson Ibanez, Ph.D. This is in reaction to a recent article published by MindaNews on September 2, 2015 based on an interview made with Mt Hamiguitan Protected Area Superintendent(PASu)… »

FASTLANES: Co-ops awaken, to fight bills lifting tax exemption

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 3 Sept) – Leaders of cooperative federations meet here last Thursday to plan out actions on moves to abolish their privilege of tax exemption. In a… »

LATE BLOOMS: Time of Fireflies

MINDAVIEWS LATE BLOOMS: Time of Fireflies It was the twenty-third, not the twenty-first. But a two-day difference does not much matter, does it? Especially when the stage for its staging… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Democracy on the block

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/31 August) — Except for the rally that started on Thursday last week and ended on Monday morning, I don’t know of another incident in the past where… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 August) — It had been almost two hours since Iglesia ni Cristo members started gathering on the sidewalk outside the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal on Sunday… »

Mind da News: ‘Honorable’ but Irresponsible

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, August 28, 2015 – In the media, they strongly express their optimism the House version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law would be passed next month despite that… »

COMMENTARY: Remembering the Martial Law Supreme Court

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 26 Aug) – In a couple of weeks, the entire nation will be commemorating the declaration of Martial Law. Allow me to initiate the process with… »

POETRY: Lost verses

There is a poem In every child that laughs and plays and believes In every woman that cares and suffers in the constancy of a mother’s love In every old… »

BATANG MINDANAW: Riding Toothless

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/25 August) – It was my last day in Malaybalay before leaving for Iligan City. Finally. And I wouldn’t be travelling alone, after all, which was both a… »

BISAG UNSA: Promo sa Kadayawan

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/24 August) — Naeksayt sab ko gamay niadtong Sabado sa Kadayawan sa Dabaw kay nakatayming kog promo samtang nagwindow shopping uban sa akong mga pag-umangkon nga sila… »

CRUCIBLE: Qur’an – Revelation Continuum (1)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 23 August) — The University of Birmingham has been quite upbeat these past weeks with the discovery by a PhD student in the University’s library collection… »

POETRY: Guava Memories

1 Clambering nimbly up the guava tree. On a sturdy branch perched comfortably with the chattering galansiyang and tamsi. Munching on a guava fruit, savoring the sweetness while enjoying the… »


Kinsa ma’y dili mapungot sa dautang gibuhat kaniya dili tiawng bationg kalagot sa gidangatan niya mga autoridad pasabta unsa ba, aduna ba’y tinud-anayng programa gihimo aron maprotehan sila? Wala’y katungod… »

MIND DA NEWS: Heed Those Statements

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Aug) – The leaders of the Congress, the Palace and the President, especially, must heed the latest statements from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

FASTLANES: NEA electric cooperatives are not genuine

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 19 Aug) – This is a proverbial elephant in the room. Over 120 electric cooperatives around the country are only cooperatives by name. Presidential Decree 269,… »

POETRY: His father’s son

The father (may God rest his soul), he was the author of a book I daresay few would remember. “Today’s Revolution: Democracy” was its title, supposedly the master plan and… »

CRUCIBLE: Sunni-Shi’a Schism (4)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/18 August) – When we say we could suffer from frustration when we talk about Sunni-Shi’a schism, it is because what continuously transpires in the most penetrated and… »

Minda da News: All Words, No Actions

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, August 18, 2015 – Without leadership in action, the Bangsamoro Basic Law bill –even with its substitute name “Bangsamoro Autonomous Region Basic Law” – will not be… »

PERSONAL ESSAY: The 1976 tsunami was a life-changing experience

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/17 August) — I can never forget that night, and the days and weeks that followed. The first quake was the strongest and longest. The aftershocks… »


Nag-ngisi ang akong amiga nga numero uno maka-Vilma kalima gitan-aw ang Ekstra Katulo ang Dekada Syitenta sukad pa sa Sister Stella Kinsa ma’y di moboto niya iyang charisma murag lahi… »

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