MIND DA NEWS: Blessing in Disguise! Welcome!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 June) – We suggested in our June 28 Mind da News article that the Government, Moro Islamic Liberation Front and their supporters should welcome… »

POETRY: Legend

To the vow he made not again to be captured alive true he stayed. And now he’s dead. On the field of combat breathed he his last. His rifle held… »

TARGET PRACTICE: The real power industry in Mindanao

Conclusion DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) – First off, apologies to those waiting for this piece, if any. Just in any parts of the country, the power industry in… »

MIND DA NEWS: Don’t Dismiss the Petitions

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindNews/28 June) — The petitions of the Philconsa (Philippine Constitution Association) and Jacinto Paras, former congressman from Negros Oriental, to declare unconstitutional, illegal and void the Framework… »

MIND DA NEWS: Just Asking Questions Patricio P. Diaz

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 June) — The Philippine Constitutional Association (Philconsa) and former Rep. Jacinto Paras (Negros Oriental) filed separate petitions last week asking the Supreme Court to… »

MESSAGE TO GRADUATES: Maybe you’ll forget to write

[Prof. John Bengan’s message to the graduating students of BA English (Creative Writing), UP Mindanao Class of 2015, at the send-off held at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences… »

COMMENTARY: In the War of Attrition on the BBL, Key is Making Moro Autonomy Work

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) – The acrimonious debate on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is focused on its legality and constitutionality. Critics of the BBL are keeping… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: PNoy, Poe and the 2016 polls

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 June) – That Senator Grace Poe has overtaken Vice President Jejomar Binay in the latest surveys on presidential hopefuls done by the Social Weather Stations and Pulse… »

COMMENTARY: Constitutional Reform with Consent

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/23 June) — A couple of days ago, the President of Ateneo de Davao University, Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ, wrote an impassioned and scathing piece, Gang Rape of… »

COMMENT: ‘Bong-Bong’ Bangs Away (3)

II. What He Sees (Continuation) GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 22, 2015 –“Public Consultations”, the first matter discussed in the “Position Paper” submitted by the Philippine peace panel to the Senate… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Can patriotism deter a dynasty?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/22 June) — One wonders whether there is in families that practice dynastic politics sufficient idealism, altruism, or caring for our society—enough to motivate them to… »

COMMENT: ‘Bong-Bong’ Bangs Away (2)

II. What He Sees GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 21, 2015 –Sen. Ferdinand “Bong Bong” R. Marcos Jr. manifested in his privileged speech last June 3 this assumption: the country is… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Political dynasties keep people powerless

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 June) — This business of relying on strong men and women to govern our community must cease. It’s what keeps our society politically immature—leader-dependent, spoon-fed,… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Climate change and the Church

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 June) – It was long in coming, but at least and at last, it has come – a strong statement from the Roman Catholic Church on the… »

MIND DA NEWS: Don’t Take Marcos Seriously …

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) – Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. barely knew what he said at his press conference in Davao City last Saturday afternoon at the… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Playing favorites

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/17 June) — It was almost noon and the heat inside the gym of the old Maguindanao capitol in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat was getting to be oppressive.… »

TURNING POINT: Job and Peace

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/16 June) — Every time the Gross National Product (GNP) or the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) makes a significant hike, government planners rejoice and toast to the… »

COMMENTARY: Federalizing without Cha-Cha

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/15 June) — There is anticipation brewing within the electorate, particularly amongst voters in Mindanao, that shifting to a federal form of government will be a hot issue… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Insulting voters’ intelligence

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — It’s a sad commentary on the quality of our leaders that their alleged political parties are nothing more than personal convenience vehicles for… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: “If not today, tomorrow”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 June) — Many have now serious  doubts about the future of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) given Congress’ failure to pass it on time. I have … »

ANGAY-ANGAY: Banwa ko, Mindanao

(Presentation by the author in “Banwa ko, Mindanao: A Forum on Nationalism through Mindanao Culture,” as the Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City, on 30 July 2011. MindaNews is reprinting… »

POETRY: Up there

Up there, tongues are wagging in speeches well-written and endless questioning eloquently displaying convoluted reasoning, our future seeking to determine down here. Up there, they who have not the acrid… »

MIND DA NEWS: Independence: Declared, Taken Away, Given Back

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 June) — One of the questions asked and discussed every year around this time is: What is our Independence Day – June 12 or July 4?… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Chaos pretending to be a ‘party system’

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) ­– Politics is on full throttle now, with lots of grandstanding all over the place and lots of maneuvering between and among… »

TURNING POINT: 117 Years and Still Fighting

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 11 June) – The nation celebrates on Friday the 117th anniversary of our forebears’ declaration of independence from Spain. That is 117 long years of… »

COMMENT: ‘Bong-Bong’ Bangs Away (1)

I. Egotism and Arrogance GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 9, 2015 – On Wednesday, June 3, Sen. Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos delivered a privilege speech right after the 14th (actually, 17th) hearing… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: What federalism are they talking about?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/09 June)– A federal system must be rooted on local autonomy, in which people are well-informed, serious about self-government—and conscientious in performing their role in it.… »

COMMENTARY: Gang Rape of the Constitution

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /08 June) — There is a gang rape ongoing. It is led by Speaker Sonny Belmonte and his gang of rapacious congressmen. It is to be joined… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Power scramble 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 June) — I read reports saying that Mindanao is well and “ok” on power needs due to the many new power plants being put up. True? Not… »

PEACETALK: In the name of Peace

[Privilege speech on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (Senate Bill No. 2408) Senate of the Philippines on June 3, 2015] Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, good afternoon. I rise today to speak… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: A political dynasty insults community, offends solidarity

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/06 June) — People who subscribe to the idea that their family has a right to rule over other families—meaning, the rest of the community—betray an… »

COMMENTARY: De-Centralizing Executive Power

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/05 June) — As the electorate prepares for the 2016 elections, I propose that we rethink the rationality as well as the practicality of a government framework wherein… »

BISAG UNSA: Balak sa Katalagman

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews / 4 June) – Daghang mga tawong makasinati og trahedya ang dugay makarekober. Naay maamang, usahay gani naay malisoan og pangisip. Mao nay naobserbahan sa mga… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Our society’s loss from tolerating political dynasties

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 4 June) – How many reformists with progressive ideas and promising leaders are prevented from political careers or elbowed out of politics by avaricious… »

CRUCIBLE: Rohingyan and ASEAN’s Contradiction

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 4 June) – Today, the condition of the ummah (Muslim community) has become even more dismal. Despite opportunity, for instance, to perform acts not only reflective of International… »

PEACETALK: In essence, this Bill is an instrument of social justice, a tool to rectify historical injustices

(Basilan Rep. Jim Hataman-Salliman, one of the vice chairs in the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law delivered this sponsorship speech for HB 5811 or the “Basic Law… »

PEACETALK: The time is Now

(Lanao del Sur Rep. Pangalian Balindong, Deputy Speaker for Mindanao, delivered this sponsorship speech for HB 5811 or the “Basic Law of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region” at the Plenary Hall,… »

PEACETALK: “I say Muslim Mindanao is a nation… We are a nation of many nations”

(Maguindanao Rep. Bai Sandra A. Sema, one of the vice chairs in the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law delivered this sponsorship speech for HB 5811 or the… »

PEACETALK: Be on the right side of history

(Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law delivered this sponsorship speech for HB 5811 or the “Basic Law… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: The scourge of political dynasties

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/01 June) — It is the supreme irony of our times that no sooner did we rid our society of the curse of dictatorship in 1986… »

Framing Autonomy: Issues and Concerns on the changes in the economic provisions of the original BBL draft as approved by the Ad Hoc Committee

Atty. Ishak V. Mastura, LL.M. Bangsamoro Study Group [Powerpoint presentation of Atty. Ishak V. Mastura, LL.M., co-convenor of the Bangsamoro Study Group at the Experts’ Forum on Autonomy Framework in… »

Autonomy framework in the House Ad Hoc Committee’s BBL: a critical analysis

Atty. Naguib G. Sinarimbo Bangsamoro Study Group [Powerpoint presentation of Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo, co-convenor of the Bangsamoro Study Group, at the Experts’ Forum on Autonomy Framework in the House Ad… »

BATANG MINDANAW: Too Long, Don’t bother Reading

MIAG-AO, Iloilo (MindaNews/31 May) — Oh, everyone’s writing up their own version of vapid, over-worded goodbye speeches and pretentious concluding posts, and even though most of time I’m a useless… »

MIND DA NEWS: All’s not well ahead

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/31 May) — No amount of media hype can hide or dissemble the fate of the Basic Bangsamoro Law (BBL) in the Congress. In the Senate, SB… »

MARGINALIA: Paying respects to a cultural bridge

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews/30 May) — Recently, wings of circumstances inadvertently brought me along with a small band of dedicated field educators to the inauguration of the unprecedentedly culturally sensitive T’boli… »

COMMENT: BBL: Aquino Assumes Command (1)

I. Leadership Strength Indicator (Continuation) GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 29, 2016 – Yesterday, we showed that the LP-led Coalition in the House of Representatives has a clear majority to pass… »

COMMENT: BBL: Aquino Assumes Command (1)

I. Leadership Strength Indicator GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 28, 2016 – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III assumed command of Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (H|B 4994) to sail it through… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: NO To The Anomalous Sasa Wharf Modernization Project thru PPP!

  (Privilege Speech delivered by Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani T. Zarate at the House of Representatives on 27 May 2015) Ginoong Speaker, mga kapwa ko Mambabatas: Noong Lunes lamang… »

COMMENTARY: Are we essentially electing a dictator?

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/27 May) — The fighting in the next Presidential election has begun. In fact, an attempt is being made to frame the campaign battle between these two sides—the… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Better but still lacking – IP rights in BBL

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 May) — One important legal, political and moral test the Bangsamoro Basic Law must pass is how it addresses the rights of Indigenous Peoples. For… »

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