COMMENT: BBL: Aquino Assumes Command (2b)  

II. Truth on Sincerity Exposed (Continuation) GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 July 2015) — The voting of the AHCBBL on its report as recapitulated in the first part of this article… »


MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 July) – “To the end of achieving peace, we are also committed to passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law. For far too long, the conflicts in the Bangsamoro have taken on… »

PEACETALK: Be true to your vocation as truth tellers, sharers of truth

(Keynote address of Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, at the media forum “Beyond Mamasapano: Reporting the Bangsamoro Peace Process” on July 24 in Cotabato City)  A Moral and Religious Perspective… »

PEACETALK: Would Mindanao be a better place without media?

(Welcome remarks of Atty. Benedicto Bacani at the media forum “Beyond Mamasapano: Reporting the Bangsamoro Peace Process” on July 24 in Cotabato City) Welcome to Cotabato City and to this… »

COMMENT: BBL: Aquino Assumes Command (2)

II. Truth on Sincerity Exposed GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 24, 2015 – Part I of this article, “Leadership Strength Indicator”, was posted in MindaNews last May 28 and 29. Normally,… »

COMMENTARY: Federalization is a process

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/21 July) – Federalism is such a buzz word these days. In fact, many Filipinos want this to be a major issue in the upcoming presidential campaign. Interestingly,… »

Mind da News: ‘Big Change’ Be the Issue

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 20, 2015 – After a six-hour dinner meeting — 7 p.m. last June 16 to about an hour past midnight — among President Benigno Simeon C.… »


Maayo gani kay wala gilabay sa Surigao, Davao, Misamis o Zamboanga ang basura gikan sa Canada Kaluoy sa taga Tarlac wa kaha sila niini kahilak Pero sa sunod kung lain… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Rome if you want to

ROME, Italy (MindaNews/20 July) — The phone rang at 3:30 in the morning, the LED blinking an unknown Italian number, but there was nobody on the line. Three messages had… »

MINDAVIEWS MY, MY, MY MARAWI: Lessons of Ramadhan

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/19 July) — The country’s respected “back-to-back” (Arabic and English proficient) aleem (religious scholar) likened Ramadhan to schooling with Eid as the “commencement.” And on social media, messages… »

COMMENT: Aquino’s Big Mistake

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 July) – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III’s big mistake by now is his failure, during his term, to strengthen the Liberal Party as… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Long Weekend

Kinsa’y dili ganahan bakasyon daw wala’y katapusan relax, relax lang, gakos-gakos sa unlan pamahaw ug paniudto magdungan. Mga istudyanti permi-nag-pray nga unta no school sa friday Yehey! holiday today! Mga… »


FLORENCE, Italy (MindaNews/15 July) — Beige and browns, stone and bronze, marble in ash and bone, and ancient bells that constantly peal the passing time. Florence is easy on the… »

PEACETALK: Bias And Prejudice, Challenge To Evangelization

[Privilege Speech of Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI at the Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on July 12. Quevedo was President of… »

PEACETALK: Striving for a Just Peace, the Moral Road

STRIVING FOR A JUST PEACE, THE MORAL ROAD Catholic Bishops Conference of  the Philippines [Statement of the Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Adopting the… »

COMMENTARY: Incorporating bayanihan in local governance

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/14 July) — Not all assertions of unconstitutionality against the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) can be accepted as absolute truth. Actually, some claims really necessitate further examination. For… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Abandon all cares

FLORENCE, Italy (MindaNews/12 July) — Firenze slumbered on as I slunk about its Old Town Center. Hunched in my gray hoodie, I imagined Ezio Auditore tracking my movements up there… »

Mind da News: Duterte: Should He Run?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 10, 2015 – Is Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte running for President? He speaks in riddles. He is just back from a countrywide speaking tour testing… »

POETRY: Politics and Fiction

1 Fiction, it may be said, is reality reimagined: the not-real imitating the real but unfettered by the constraints and complications of reality. Good fiction is the not-real packaged with… »

COMMENT: ‘Bong-Bong’ Bangs Away (4)

III. What He Wants GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 6, 2015 – For eight and a half months, the Senate had failed to come out with a committee report on the… »

PEACETALK: Our past, and what we were and what we are now, are older than all these constitutions

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/05 July) — Two cases have been filed against me, along with the other members of the Government Peace Panel, and other personalities involved in the peace process.… »


Usa ka adlaw nianà, dinhà ako ing nakità pundok sa mga batà lagsik nga nanagdulà hilabihan kasadyà hilabihan kabanhà. Adunay naghupò-hupò, naa usab nagtagò-tagò nagpasalipod ulo ray niguhò sa luyo… »

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… »

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