Category: COMMENT. By Patricio P. Diaz

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COMMENT: Brownouts Exploited

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 spo ...

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COMMENT: Bridging the Historic Chasm (4)

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 Agreem ...

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

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 aspire ...

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COMMENT: Bridging the Historic Chasm (1) Intriguing Notes

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 ...

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

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  o ...

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COMMENT: AHA!  …  Really? … Not New

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 ...

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COMMENT:  Talagang Committed Ba Si Presidente? (2)

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 administrati ...

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COMMENT: Talagáng  Committed Ba Si Presidente?

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 e ...

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COMMENT: All Leaves, No Fruits Yet to See

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 ...

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COMMENT: Electoral System and Autonomy

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 pea ...

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COMMENT: Seeing through Three Statements

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) Explorator ...

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COMMENT: Just a Passing Remark

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 Liberati ...

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COMMENT: Keeping ALL in the Dark?

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 L ...

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COMMENT: A New Theory On Line

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 S ...

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COMMENT: A New Theory on Line: The Sabah Claim

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 ...

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COMMENT: A New Theory on Line?

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. T ...

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COMMENT: Corona’s Ironic Conviction

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 ...

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COMMENT: Corona’s Ironic Conviction

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 the plot of th ...

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

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, remaini ...

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

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 kn ...

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

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 t ...

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

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 pos ...

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

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 eventu ...

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On ‘GPH-MILF Decision Points on Principles’

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 ...

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

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”. ...

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

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, MILF has ...

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COMMENT:  No Sign of Signing

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 ...

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

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 GR ...

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

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) ...

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

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 ...

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COMMENT: Corona Can Self-Destruct

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 th ...

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COMMENT: BGEI Can Undo Corona

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 wi ...

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COMMENT: Miriam Dissected, Exposed

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 mak ...

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COMMENT: Corona’s Best Option: ‘Resign’

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 s ...

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COMMENT: On Presidents’ First Ladies

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 Eden, the Fi ...

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COMMENT: Postscript: Unsolicited Advice

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? Anyt ...

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COMMENT: Pacquiao the Boxer in Congress

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 r ...

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COMMENT: Pacquiao the Boxer in Congress (3)

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 especial ...

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COMMENT: Pacquiao the Boxer in Congress (2)

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 per ...

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COMMENT: Pacquiao the Boxer in Congress (1)

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 lo ...

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COMMENT: After the Arrest, Big Posers

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 ...

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COMMENT: After the Arrest, Big Posers

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 ...

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COMMENT: A Dangerous Game (IV): Equivocations

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 t ...

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

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 “sl ...

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

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 ...

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

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 na ...

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COMMENT : A Dangerous, Costly Game

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. ...

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

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 Chair Marvic ...

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

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 t ...

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

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 s ...

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