COMMENT: Brownouts Exploited

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 March) — Brownouts or power outages are bad. However, what’s worse is the exploitation of brownouts to raise the price of electricity in the spot market.… »

COMMENT: Bridging the Historic Chasm (4)

III. Strategic Compromises (1. A Re-View) GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 November) – The Aquino III Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front forged the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro through compromises.… »

COMMENT: Bridging the Historic Chasm (3) II. Looking into the FAB (2 as Framed)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 October) — As earlier noted, the 15-stage implementation of the FAB appeared to have been drawn on the presumption that the Bangsamoro as aspired by the… »

COMMENT: Bridging the Historic Chasm (1) Intriguing Notes

1st of a series GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 October) —  In “Mind da News” (MindaNews, October 5, 2012), we cited the Government and MILF panel chairs as referring in their… »

ANGAY-ANGAY LANG: Comments on the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro (3)

3rd of a series ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/14 October) — I see at least five items in the Framework Agreement that may unmistakably be applicable to the affected Lumad communities  or… »

COMMENT: AHA! … Really? … Not New

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 September) — Two September 11 news reports in the Philippine Star, one on the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the other about politics in Maguindanao,… »

COMMENT: Talagang Committed Ba Si Presidente? (2)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/31 August) –The refrain, “The President is committed to just and lasting peace”, recalls then President Arroyo in the last year of her administration. She personally asked heads of state in the then Organization of Islamic Conference to help in the peace process; she went public fanning the “hope and assurance” that “the peace process would soon achieve long-term stability and prosperity for the people of Mindanao”.

COMMENT: Talagáng Committed Ba Si Presidente?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 29 August)– As this piece is being written, the Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panels must be already prepared for their 31st exploratory talks… »

COMMENT: All Leaves, No Fruits Yet to See

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 18 August) — From official statements regarding the 30th exploratory talks of the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, August 8 to 11, the state… »

COMMENT: Electoral System and Autonomy

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/9 Aug) – According to a July 19 report of MindaNews, one of the several consensus points reached by Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panels… »

COMMENT: Seeing through Three Statements

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/3 Aug) – In truth, what “modest breakthrough” was achieved by the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in their latest (29th) Exploratory Talks last July… »

COMMENT: Just a Passing Remark

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 July) – In his State of the Nation Address (SONA 2012) last Monday, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III said this of the Moro Islamic Liberation… »

COMMENT: Keeping ALL in the Dark?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 July) — Five days have elapsed since the 29th Exploratory Talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

COMMENT: A New Theory On Line

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/6 July)–Where is the Philippine Sabah claim headed for? Quo vadis? While the Philippines seems no longer keen in pursuing the claim, the heirs of Sultan Mohammed Jamalul Alam, the original lessor, have renewed their claim and recently urged President Aquino to revive the Philippine claim. But reviving the Philippine claim is not as simple as the sultan’s heirs seem to believe. As already shown, there are complicating circumstances – and still more of their own making which they apparently do not see or want to.

COMMENT: A New Theory on Line: The Sabah Claim

In June 1962, the Philippines under President Diosdado P. Macapagal formally laid claim to North Borneo. This was a year after Malaya Prime Minister Tunko Abdul Rahman had agreed with Great Britain (May 12, 1861) to expand the Federation of Malaya into the Federation of Malaysia by including Sarawak, North Borneo and Singapore which were still British colonies.

COMMENT: A New Theory on Line?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 June) – Sultan Firduasi Abbas of Lanao is leading a move urging President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III to revive the Philippine claim to Sabah. This was reported by Luwaran of June 13, 2012 as gleaned from an earlier story of The Manila Times.

COMMENT: Corona’s Ironic Conviction

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 June) — Chief Justice Renato C. Corona pushed his luck too far beyond the limit in that afternoon of May 22. After that fateful episode, Corona… »

COMMENT: Corona’s Ironic Conviction

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/6 June) – A week after the final vote, we glance back and see the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona as a drama with… »

COMMENT: On ‘Decision Points on Principle’ (Last of the series)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 May) – Both Government and MILF have hailed the “Decision” as a breakthrough; so have the peace advocates – the first upbeat; the second, remaining focused on their original demand.

COMMENT: On ‘GPH-MILF Decision Points on Principle’ (5)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 May) — MILF Panel Chairman Mohagner Iqbal’s opening and brief closing statements strongly state the MILF position as of April 2012 for all to know and for Government to consider in relation to the “Decision” while pursuing the negotiations on substantive issues. Government knows. OPAPP Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, in the April 26 OPAPP report, saw the ensuing negotiations to be “tough and serious”.

COMMENT: On ‘GPH-MILF Decision Points on Principles’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 May) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is as eager – or even more – to see a peace agreement coming to stay; but it is cautious. From the statements of its negotiating panel chair and top officials, MILF will engage in the negotiation of substantive issues as agreed in the “Decision” without deviating from the political settlement Government has agreed to in August 1998, June 2001 and June 2010.

COMMENT: On ‘GPH-MILF Decision Points on Principles’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 11, 2012 – The “Decision” is a “breakthrough”. This is the tone of the popular reaction. Topping the commendation for the Parties in reconciling their positions is the optimism that a peace agreement will soon be reached; an influential leader in the Senate promised to lead in fulfilling the legislative aspects of the agreement.

COMMENT: On ‘GPH-MILF Decision Points on Principles’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 April) — More than on statements of Government and MILF panel chairmen and members during and after the 27th exploratory talks, what will eventually happen under the “GPH-MILF Decision Points on Principles” hinges on three propositions: (1) what the document intends to happen; (2) what Government wants to happen under the document; and, (3) what MILF wants to happen under the document

On ‘GPH-MILF Decision Points on Principles’

GENERALSANTOSCITY,April27,2012–The “GPH-MILF Decision Points on Principles” is exactly just that: ten principles to guide the negotiation starting from the 28th Exploratory Talks. How the ten principles will be used as “guides” is still to be seen. This “How” will determine whether the “Principles” will hasten the negotiation unto the signing of a final agreement or continue to hinder its pace.

COMMENT: No sign of signing (5): Conclusion: Haram is Haram

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 April) — More than offering MILF roses with the thorns, Government wants MILF to take the “Reformed ARMM” – that it has long declared a “No-No”. In a special and figurative sense, Government has endeavored to persuade MILF leaders to take what to them is “haram” [Romanized “haraam”] since after the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the MOA-AD.

COMMENT: No sign of signing: Iqbal’s Past Opening Statements

Part 4 of a series GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews /14 April) – If Government has changed the focus or core of the negotiation and has consistently firmed up this change,… »

COMMENT: No Sign of Signing

(3. Leonen’s Past Opening Statements)  GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 13, 2012 – As the opening statements of Government and MILF chief negotiators during their 26th Exploratory Talks last March 19… »

COMMENT: No Sign of Signing (2). By Patricio P. Diaz

GENERALSANTOSCITY,March30,2012 – Just like their joint statement, the opening statements of the peace panel chairs of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH nee GRP) and of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) during their just concluded 26thformal exploratory talks show no sign of signing an agreement soon.

COMMENT: No Sign of Signing (1). by Patricio P. Diaz

(I. From Joint Statements) GENERAL SANTOS CITY, March 28, 2012 – Will the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH nee GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… »

COMMENT: ‘Incredible,’ says Prosecution. by Patricio P. Diaz

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 March) — At the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona last March 13 the prosecution called “incredible” the testimony of Demetrio C. Vicente concerning… »

COMMENT: Corona Can Self-Destruct

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 March) – Chief Justice Renato C. Corona and his defense team can self-destruct as gleaned from their statements and reports in the media after the prosecution… »

COMMENT: BGEI Can Undo Corona

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 March) — Cristina Basa Roco-Corona, wife of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona will soon testify at the Impeachment Court (IC) trial as a defense witness to… »

COMMENT: Miriam Dissected, Exposed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/March 6, 2012) – Judging from a Philippine Daily Inquirer report (Aguirrefacesdetention,listeningtoSantiago24/7,March2), the senator-judges were making light of the February 29 Aguirre court “quiet protest” that raised… »

COMMENT: Corona’s Best Option: ‘Resign’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 February) – After three weeks of impeachment hearing against Chief Justice Renato C. Corona, the evidence the prosecution have so far presented should convince him to… »

COMMENT: On Presidents’ First Ladies

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 February) — When God created Eve, He said: “It’s not good that man should be alone. I will make him a helpmate.” Adam and Eve ruled… »

COMMENT: Postscript: Unsolicited Advice

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/February 3, 2012) – As  a postscript to our last Comment: “Pacquiao the Boxer in Congress” may we offer this unsolicited advice free of charge? Anything for… »

COMMENT: Pacquiao the Boxer in Congress

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 January) – Pacquaio is facing his acid test in Congress: First, how well on the way is he in rounding the square peg that he is to fit into the round hole that is Congress? How is he living up to the great expectation cast around him.

COMMENT: Pacquiao the Boxer in Congress (3)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/29 January) — As a boxer and Filipino, has Emmanuel Pacquiao done much good for his country? Certainly! He made the sports world, American especially, take notice of the Philippines. He has given boxing in the Philippines the needed boost – inspiring promising Filipino boxers. For these, he deserves honors.

COMMENT: Pacquiao the Boxer in Congress (2)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindadNews/28 January) — Riches breed ambition for power fanned by the fame riches naturally brings. Yielding to this ambition, Pacquiao emerges in a new person with a new story.

COMMENT: Pacquiao the Boxer in Congress (1)

(First of Four Parts) GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 27 January) – Manny Pacquiao, the multi-titled world boxing champion, and Emmanuel D. Pacquiao, the representative of the lone congressional district… »

COMMENT: After the Arrest, Big Posers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 January) – Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, who visited Arakan right after the killing (MindaNews, October 26, 2011), said that a task force had been assigned to look into the Tentorio murder case and three angles were being considered as the possible motives. However, he cautioned: “It might be good for us to consider all angles and motives because … there are inconsistencies if you take a closer look at the incidents and initial motive as claimed.”

COMMENT: After the Arrest, Big Posers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/9 January) – The arrest of Jimmy Ato, alleged killer of Fr. Fausto Tentorio, PIME in early morning of December 29, 2011 generated positive reactions. However, after the arrest followed big posers in the wake of conflicting and downplayed implicating and complicating circumstances and incidents.

COMMENT: A Dangerous Game (IV): Equivocations

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 Nov) — In a situation-saving balancing act, President Aquino III countered his “no to all-out war” option with “all-out justice” for the 19 SF troopers. In… »

COMMENT: A Dangerous, Costly Game: Part III: (Continuation: Stop Peace Negotiation)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 November) — The call to stop Government and MILF negotiation unless MILF surrender their “rogue commanders” who with “criminals” they coddle “slaughtered” the 19 SF troopers… »

COMMENT: A Dangerous, Costly Game (Part III: Divided)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/9 Nov) – President Benigno S. Aquino III thumbed down the all-out-war calls. He incurred severe criticism for that. But he held fast with the peace advocates… »

COMMENT: A Dangerous, Costly Game (Part II: Two Reports)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/8 Nov) – With exception of few references to reports from Luwaran, the MILF official website, and to statements of top MILF officials, reports in national media… »

COMMENT : A Dangerous, Costly Game

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/7 Nov) – Provoking, shooting, blaming each other – that’s playing a dangerous, costly game. The government and Moro rebel armed forces never learn. They had done it many times before. They have just done it again. And many in the country ­– particularly Manila – cried for blood. Foul! Murder! All-out-war!

COMMENT: ‘Honestly Different’ V. Proposal to Move On

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 October) – Two weeks after MILF had spurned the “GPH ‘3 for 1’ Proposal” in Kuala Lumpur on August 23, the Government Peace Panel… »

COMMENT: ‘Honestly Different’: IV. MILF Response (Continuation 2: Imperatives)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 October) – In reiterating their objections to “GPH ‘1 for 3’ Solution” and their imperatives, MILF wants to steer the peace negotiation back to the course… »

COMMENT: ‘Honestly Different’ : IV. MILF Response (Continuation 1: Reiterations)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 October) – Right in the morning after the historic meeting in Tokyo of President Aquino and Chairman Murad, Government and MILF issued official statements that showed in principle their understanding. The optimism for a peace agreement to be signed soon that the statements had generated turned out to be a misunderstanding of the understanding in principle.

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