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COMMENTARY: Let us not wait for the resolution of the levy case; save the...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 September) -- Populist pitsi-pitsi  seems to best describe the approaches that had been proposed and tried by the government-civil society alliance...

COMMENTARY: Can anyone be like Jesse Robredo?

“The good doth men do is oft interred with their bones” (Shakespeare, in Julius Caesar). PIKIT,  North Cotabato (MindaNews/02 September) -- Secretary Jesse Robredo was...

COMMENTARY: “Primum Regnum Dei”

DAKBAYAN SA DIGOS (MindaNews/22 August) -- Niining adlaw Martes, Aug 21, sa deadline alang sa DCHerald, natural lamang nga nahisentro gayud sa akong panumduman...

COMMENTARY: Legenda Mines and the Tagakaulo of Malita, Davao del Sur

DIGOS, Davao del Sur (MindaNews/19 July) -- Legenda Mines, a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation, has made its presence felt among the Tagakaulo community...

COMMENTARY: EO 79 on Mining – a Mixed Bag. by Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J.

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 July) -- Tony La Viña of the AdMU School of Government said that the long-awaited, oft postponed E.O. on Mining would...

COMMENTARY: Digging for the long haul. By Edwin Espejo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 April) -- Troubled mining firm Sagittarius Mines Inc. cannot seem to find ways to reverse a provincial ordinance which virtually...

COMMENTARY: Being Sorry for Our Ecological Sins. By Fr. Reynaldo D. Raluto

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/31 March) -- It is not yet too late to listen to the prophetic voices of the ecological scientists and...

The Corona impeachment: Vulcaseal defense

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 March) -- Two weeks into the turn of embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona to present evidence and witnesses...

Dr. Esteban C. Godilano’s reaction to Fastlanes column

(This piece is Dr. Esteban C. Godilano’s reaction to the Fastlanes column of BenCyrus G. Ellorin on December 29, 2011). Everyone is entitled to his/her...

COMMENTARY: The MILF: Full circle again By Edwin G. Espejo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 February) -- The admission of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Murad Al Haj Ibrahim that one of its more senior and controversial commanders has resigned following organizational and, as it now appears, ideological disagreements placed the largest Moro rebel group in a position that it forced itself against the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) close to three decades ago.

COMMENTARY: When ‘mistahs’ cross paths by Edwin G. Espejo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 February) -- Among graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) there is an unwritten rule of never ratting on a...

COMMENTARY: Is there a doctor in the house? By Elson T. Elizaga

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/3 Feb) – My father is a basketball player, and a deep-sea diver – if we consider five feet of water...

COMMENTARY: Strange connect: Philippine whistleblower and 2006 Thai military coup By Edwin G. Espejo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/01 February) -- While browsing the web to get the names of the members of Philippine Military Academy Class 1981, whose...

PERSONAL ESSAY: Donna Amoroso. By Rufa Cagoco-Guiam

MINDAVIEWS PERSONAL ESSAY:  Donna Amoroso by Rufa Cagoco-Guiam Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds...

COMMENTARY: Corruption kills by Rowena Paraan/NUJP

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 January) – “Corruption kills,” sabi ni Fr. Albert Alejo. Yesterday, a very good man was gunned down by an assassin in...

COMMENTARY: Gensan flooding: Who is to blame? By Edwin G. Espejo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 January) -- Before somebody else jumps on the gun and blames climate change as the culprit behind the flooding the...

COMMENTARY: Is there a doctor in the house By Elson T. Elizaga

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 Jan) ­– For several days now, I’ve been fascinated by the rich intellectual activity at the provincial council. Majority...

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Who’s afraid of coal-fired power plant? By Jesus G. Dureza

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 January) -- As the  old saying goes:  Yes, Virginia, but  who’s afraid of a coal-fired  power plant in our midst? Before you...

COMMENTARY: We Don't Need No (2 more years of) Education. By Joey Ayala

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/01 January) -- I hated school as a kid.  Many a morning I'd have to be dragged off, kicking and screaming, to...

FASTLANES: At least they are now talking by BenCyrus G. Ellorin

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (December 29) -- After her release from six years of captivity by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Green...

COMMENTARY: Think before you tweet by Jesse Pizarro Boga

DAVAO CITY (December 28) -- That's what you should always tell yourself especially when you're living a life with social networking sites here and...

FASTLANES: Facebook and Bukidnon’s dengue problem. BenCyrus G. Ellorin

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 September) -- Something is seriously amiss when a young physician calls on our authorities to act on a preventable disease...

FASTLANES: Weighing Mindanao’s power problems: The case for renewable energy by BenCyrus G. Ellorin

Last of 2 parts Defined, renewable energy is: “n. any naturally occurring, theoretically inexhaustible source of energy, as biomass, solar, wind, tidal, wave, and hydroelectric power,...

CBCP's open letter on the hostage crisis

For us, Filipinos, 23 August 2010, now known all over the world as the “Philippine hostage crisis” will forever stand as a very dark day in our people’s history. On this fateful day, a former police officer hijacked a tour bus in Rizal Park, Manila, carrying 25 tourists from Hong Kong, including 5 Canadian nationals and 1 British. At the end of a ten hour negotiation and siege, 8 hostages and the hijacker lay dead. Finger pointing, investigations, damage control, continue to take place even now.

COMMENTARY: Thou shall not steal photos By Keith Bacongco

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 Aug) -- I was browsing the official Kadayawan sa Davao website on Wednesday morning to check for upcoming events when I noticed...

COMMENTARY: In search of a genuine public servant as MinDA chair. By Sebastian Angliongto

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 August) – The Aquino Administration is undoubtedly committed to starting clean and upright. Seeking improvement rather than mere change is also...

PEACETALK: Memo to the new government negotiators for talks with the MILF

Let me begin by offering my profoundest congratulations to the Chairman and the members on their recent appointments to the government negotiating panel for talks with the MILF. I assure the panel this is going to be a great challenge and, as I may add, an exciting one! It is an enterprise worth embarking upon as it provides an opportunity to do a whole lot of good - peace, development, justice not just in Mindanao but the whole Philippines as well.

COMMENTARY: An open letter to Pres. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III. By Patricia M....

I would love to still call you Noynoy as I still remember with fondness the happy moments we shared in the 11th and 12th Congress. But, I can no longer call you that because you are now, dearest friend, The President of the Republic of the Philippines. Indeed, how time flies…It was like only yesterday that in our first few weeks as first-term members of the House of Representative when we were discussing how we can fast-track our learning about the Rules of Order (you suggested that we buy a book) so that we can more confidently participate in the deliberations in the committees and in the plenary sessions in the hall. It was only like yesterday when we would have those tumultuous hearings of the Committee on Civil, Political and Human Rights of which you were Vice-Chair in the house or in public hearings around the country. It was only like yesterday when you turned your back to your friend, Joseph Estrada, to join us in signing the impeachment resolution.

COMMENTARY: The ghosts of presidents past. By Nikki Rivera Gomez

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 July) -- In 1986, when the country was bathed in the yellow glow of hope and happiness, I joined Cory Aquino’s...

FASTLANES: Be the change the people want. By BenCyrus G. Ellorin

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/1 July) -- We all woke up yesterday (Wednesday) not just into a new day but to a new and...

PEACETALK: Did President Aquino hint on "self-determination" as his peace framework in Mindanao? By...

MANILA (MindaNews/30 June) -- President Noynoy Aquino, in his inaugural speech, hinted at the "right to self-determination" as his peace framework in Mindanao. Consider...

COMMENTARY: Chacha under Noynoy: Moving the Philippines Forward with Decentralization. By Datu Ismael Mastura

The West often divides society along three lines namely: government, business and civil society. Whereas Islam divides it under four (4) groups namely: the traditional/political class, the rich, the religious leaders/ulama and the masses. This is where I’m coming from, this is how I view how government’s approach should be to the problems besetting the Philippines today.

COMMENTARY: Reevaluating and Redefining Ethnic Identity: A Suggestion towards a Unified and Stronger Tribal...

It is a shame I would be writing this in English. But then the state of tribal communities in Bukidnon is yet to provide...

COMMENTARY: Random Thoughts on the Election Aftermath: Winners, Losers, Winners. By Gus Miclat

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 May) -- The votes have been cast. And the results are miraculously, but pleasantly, almost complete just a day after...

COMMENTARY: The Bangsamoro Narrative: Inputs of interest in foreign policy (1) By Michael O....

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) -- What is the implication to us Muslims in Mindanao when U.S. President Barack Obama spoke in Europe in unmistakable language: “We will never be at war with Islam.”  America is, of course, not here engaged in a war against Muslims.  The White House is disengaging a superpower from a foreign policy that has so divided the world seen through the neo-cons’ perspective of “us-versus-them” filter. 

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