THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Who’s for a federal-parliamentary government?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/31 January) — I keep receiving messages asking to join the movement towards federalism with a parliamentary form of government—as if the proposal, or at least… »

COMMENTARY: The Widow, the Children of Mamasapano, and the Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 January) — As I prayed over the Gospel of Jesus calming the storm today (Mk 4:35-41), two images from yesterday’s events stood out in my… »

Mind da News: An Inconclusive Apology

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 30, 2015 — In a 23-paragraph, 2,328-word speech to the nation last January 28 on the January 25 Mamasapano PNP-SAF covert operation turned massacre, President Benigno… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 January) — They were from Class Poseidon. They go down in Philippine military history as the only SCUBA Diving Course batch to ever be sent on a… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Letting MILF, BIFF, ASG or others carve out Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/30 January) — There isn’t a square meter of land or underwater area within the jurisdiction of our Republic that does not fall under the jurisdiction… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Sakit Palandungon

Dili tiaw ang kaguol, kabalisa sa nahitabon sa Maguindanao kitang tanan nahagsa daw bata’ng nagkapakapa ilalom sa kangnitngit sa kahadlok gidagit Ngano man pangutana natong tanan unsay hinungdan daw inosente… »

COMMENTARY: A Mindanawon’s view of the complex issues facing the Land of Promise

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 30 January) — When Mindanao is in trouble, Manila is shaken and the whole country is upset. How do we understand Mindanao, how should… »


Sana Sa bawat bagong silang ng araw Wala ng sisigaw Sana Sa bawat alingawngaw ng baril Wala ng buhay na makikitil Sana Sa bawat pag uusap ng kapayaan Wala ng… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: It’s time for a federal system in Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Jan) – The helter-skelter way our government conducts peace-building keeps on backfiring. They seem never to learn. It reminds one of The Gang… »

COMMENTARY: Mamasapano, the President, and the Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /29 January) — The President has called for a day of mourning for those who perished in Mamasapano. When we fly our flags at half mast on… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Families subverting our values and institutions

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – So much is said about the role and value of the family. Well and good. Because family is the most basic… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Ang Kamatuoran

Kung tinuod ang balita nga gitagoan daw ang mga pobre sa Manila sa pagbisita sa Santo Papa makaingon ka, ka-grabe na ba Unsaon gud pagtago nga ang mga pobre nagkalata… »

COMMENT: BBL: Ask the Supreme Court

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 26 , 2015 – What has been persistently being avoided appears now to be the ultimate solution. That can be the great paradox awaiting the Bangsamoro… »

COMMENTARY: How important is the Constitution to us?

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/26 January) — I wonder how many Filipinos are still aware of the significance of February 2. To remember this particular date is extremely important because it is… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Failed intentions

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/25 January) — We’re often warned about the road to hell being paved with good intentions. Well-intentioned leaders promise deliverance from hellish conditions, offering their leadership… »


Ang akong higalang Bayla nag-hinamhinam na kay Miss Universe ugma na supportahan si MJ Lastimosa ika-duhang taga Mindanao apil sa bugnuay half-day ang parlor dili puwedi ang attendance poor kapit-bisig… »

TURNING POINT: Breeding like Rabbits and Change

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/24 Jan) — Catholics don’t have to breed like rabbits but should practice responsible parenthood. Speaking on pregnancy and family planning on his flight back to Rome… »

COMMENTARY: Was the Church silent under the Arroyo Administration?

  BACLARAN (MindaNews/23 Jan) — In his welcome address to Pope Francis in Malacanang a week ago (Jan. 16, 2015), President Benigno Aquino III paid tribute to courage of the… »


MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/23 January) – No other foreign dignitary has earned as much adulation as Pope Francis had during his visit on January 15-19, which is quite understandable in that… »

REFLECTIONS: A Vulnerable Pope

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 January) — Pope Francis has been endearingly called many things by Filipino media: Compassionate Pope, Humble Pope, People’s Pope, among others. While these are all appropriate epithets… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: President Francis, anyone?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Jan) – Last night, I had a dream. The Philippines has turned federal and is one of the federated states of the Vatican. And its regions… »

COMMENT: President to the Pope

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 Jan) – What message did President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III intend to convey in his address when he welcomed Pope Francis in Malacañang… »


LIPATA, Surigao City (MindaNews/20 January) — We were thirteen hours stuck in the Montenegro Shipping Lines port in San Ricardo, Southern Leyte on Sunday night with all hope of taking… »

It took a storm to bring us to our knees; it took another storm, with the Pope, to pull us up

(LEYTE) — For me, and I may just be dramatic, yesterday’s storm was profoundly symbolic in so many ways. The sun had been shining since I got here in Leyte,… »

BATANG MINDANAW: Of hugs and heaven

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/ 19 January) — The best part of our recollection as fourth year students was not our awesome shirts, the impressive speaker who made us laugh all the… »

THE VOICE: Papal Visit: a showcase of discipline and excellence

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/19 January) — We deserve a pat on the back.  The five-day visit of Pope Francis was a showcase of many things we almost forgot we had: discipline… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Papa Francisco’s Ground Zero Experience in Tacloban 

TACLOBAN CITY (MindaNews/17 January) — “This looks like a war zone,” Fr. Sonny Umbac, CSsR, a confrere said as we walked the two-kilometer stretch from near the Iglesia ni Kristo… »

TURNING POINT: Of Truth, Freedom and Extremism

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/17 January) — There are thoughts to suppress, feelings to remain unexpressed, and words to keep unsaid, if you value something, like life or a relationship, more… »

COMMENTARY: Remembering the pre-colonial local governance structure

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/17 January) — During the pre-colonial era, the notion of governance was premised on the preservation of the community. The datu was expected to protect his people from… »

Pope Francis’ Homily during the Holy Mass in Tacloban City, 17 January 2015

I prefer today to speak in Spanish. I have a translator, a good translator. May I do it? [crowd responds ‘yes’] Thank you very much. As delivered by the Pope’s… »

PERSONAL ESSAY: From Sri Lankan Elephants to Philippine Jesuits for Pope Francis

MANILA (MindaNews/17 January) — How does one explain the privilege of having been able to encounter this holy man, Francis, except to say, sincerely, it’s not explainable? No work, no… »

MIND DA NEWS: Pope Francis’ Homily

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 January) — Pope Francis homily at his first Mass of his visit at the Manila Cathedral towards noon today was on the theme of “love”, taking… »

COMMENT: BBL: Constitutionality in Letter or Spirit

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 January) — Despite the more than five months of “refinement” that the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) had undergone to ensure adherence to the… »

PERSONAL ESSAY: Why is Pope Francis here?

BACLARAN (MindaNews/15 January) — Finally, Pope Francis is here. A grand welcome has been prepared for him by both the Philippine Church and the government. Why is he really here?… »

COMMENT: BBL: Santiago’s Firm Stand

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 January) — Luwaran, in its editorial of January 1-7, 2015, referred to “2015” as “the year of reckoning vis-à-vis the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).” Expressing anxiety:… »

QUN FAYA QUN: Mercy and Compassion: the Road Toward Peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 January) — A few days before Pope Francis’ visit in our country, I reflect on the significance of this visit in terms of interreligious dialogue and peacebuilding… »

TURNING POINT: Walo-walo and Stone Soup

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/13 January) — “It’s the weather,” says a sustenance fisher in an interview. “A bad weather is our worst problem. It forbids us from fishing. If we… »

FROM DAPITAN TO THE VATICAN: A reflection on the Pope’s trip

SPECIAL TO MINDANEWS VATICAN (MindaNews/11 January) — Who would have thought that I would be able to see the Vatican, the seat of the institution that is the Catholic Church.… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Avoid backlash vs Muslims

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 January) — I was glued to TV’s CNN over the past few days, a far cry from my usual. I have to admit this: I  sparingly watch… »

COMMENTARY: Institutionalizing Unity and Diversity

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/09 January) — Spanish forces had initially observed that the indigenous people of this land were of one ethnic stock. Later on however, they would realize that despite… »

Mind da News: BBL Timeline from the Senate

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 9, 2015 – Will the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) be signed by the end of March 2015 and submitted to a plebiscite by June according to… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Government is everybody’s business

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Jan) – We tend to think of governing as a task performed by people in power (public officials), that it only concerns them… »

TURNING POINT: Job Order: Injustice and Anomaly in Government Service

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 8 Jan) – In street marches and rallies I joined in the late 60s to the early 70s, we denounced and raged at the illegal,… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Human sa Pasko

Kay human naman ang pasko nga sa bagyo gikuso-kuso pipila ka dalan ug tulay naimpatso sa biyahe delikado pero bisan pa man kinan-anay sa sud-ang lamian wa’y paki-alam puno sa… »

MINDA DA NEWS: Belmonte’s Assurance Puzzling

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 7 Jan) – Let’s get this straight. The earlier the 16th Congress can pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law during the remaining two sessions of its… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Bagyo, wala’y Tubig

Dinhi sa amoa kung mag-ulan grabe ka uga bisan bagyo pa mor pa grabe gyud ka mala Ayaw katingala uso ni dinhia sa gawas nagbaha na pero sa gripo zero… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Yearend random thoughts

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 January) — As I sat on my favorite siesta lounging chair on lush green bermuda grass by the beach looking out blankly at the blue waters in… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Tend to your community now, not later!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Jan) – Practically everyone claims to want good governance for the country, for their province, their city, and so on down the line.… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: We should learn to handle man-made disasters

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 3 Jan) – Thank God Typhoon Senyang exited the Philippine area after only three days; still, it left the usual devastation in its wake,… »

COMMENTARY: Federalism but not in name

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/02 January) — The functions of government can be decentralized in various ways. Federalism is just one example of a decentralization arrangement among a spectrum of arrangements establishing… »

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