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MOTHERHOOD 101: So much to do, so little time

When I became a mother, I realized that pursuing my long over due dream of blogging will be a bit more difficult now that...

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Mga Haiku sa Kahimangod

ang nagsinilas mas dalî nga maimpas dakong demalas kon shoes mahalon dilì sayon tandogon lisod tumbahon kanang hustisya binutbot rang estorya tuo diay ka? ambot ngano ni mailad man ta permi tam-is manulti ulaw moangkon sa sipyat...

COMMENTARY: Local autonomy must be guaranteed in the new charter

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/06 October) -- A federal government structure is characterized by constitutionally guaranteed “self-rule” and “shared rule” mechanisms. The form of government could...

TURNING POINT: The Spider that Got Entangled in its Web

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/03 October) -- Ombudsman Conchita Morales- Carpio said it well:  if the President has nothing to hide, then he has nothing...

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Let us not miss this opportunity, probably the last, to win back...

(Privilege speech of Anak Mindanao party-list Rep. Sitti Djalia A. Turabin-Hataman delivered at the House of Representatives on Monday, 02 October 2017) Madam Speaker, esteemed...

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: If I have been able to serve others, it is only...

(Acceptance speech of Redemptorist Brother Karl Gaspar during the conferment of the Parangal sa Paglilingkod ng Sambayanan by the Ateneo de Manila University on...

TURNING POINT: Raising the Young in a Morally-healthy Environment

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/22 September) -- Kahlil Gibran, the great Lebanese philosopher and poet, reminded us that our children came from us but don’t’...

REFLECTIONS: Scattered Thoughts on the 45th Anniversary of the Declaration of Martial Law

BACOLOD CITY (MindaNews / 21 Sept) -- I write these reflections here in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, on the eve of the 45th anniversary...

LATE BLOOMS: Lies and Darkness (Two Tankas)

seductive the lie the slaughter to justify silence those who cry drown out voices that defy the darkness to prettify in us is darkness from within us comes darkness but so...

COMMENT: Grave Reservation

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 September) --– A year ago, to the month, we wrote  “Bangsamoro: Fulfillment or Denial Anew?”, published in series...

COMMENTARY: Who will pay for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi?

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 19 September) -- The Filipino People  -- those living today and yet to be born  -- will be helping the...

TURNING POINT: Crimes and Punishment: Whom shall we turn to?

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 19 Sept) – It is sad that the opportunity for the social media to serve as a channel for...

PANTAW A MAREG: My Carmelite Mothers

MELBOURNE (MindaNews / 19 Sept) -- Sharing with you what I wrote about my Carmelite Mothers few years ago, in happy recognition of Father...

TURNING POINT: A Shared Responsibility

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews /17 Sept) -- Upholding and securing the human rights of  citizens is not just the responsibility of the Commission on...

PANTAW A MAREG: It is not a question of whether it was right or...

MELBOURNE (MindaNews / 14 Sept) -- We are at war. We make our own choices. The small things we do can get amplified. If...

TURNING POINT: A Blinkin’ Goner

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 13 Sept) -- During  his speech  at  the Mindanao Business Conference in Cagayan de Oro last Saturday, President Rodrigo...

Mayor Sara Z. Duterte’s State of the City Address

State of the City Address Sara Z. Duterte City Mayor of Davao September 12, 2017 Session Hall, Sangguniang Panlungsod Bldg., San Pedro Street, Davao City Byaheng DO30 is a...

COMMENTARY: The Foundational Framework of Federalism

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/11 September) -- Many federalism advocates were expecting President Rodrigo Duterte to push even harder for federalism in his second State of...

KISSA AND DAWAT: Muslims in the Philippines, the latest figures from the 2015 Census

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 08 Sept) --  I bumped into Abubakar Asaad at the NAIA Terminal 3 several weeks ago. He is...

PEACETALK: Archiving the past to guide the present to forge an inclusive future

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (MindaNews / 08 Sept) -- A visit to South Africa should not happen without experiencing the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.   This...

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Dureza’s Betrayal and Duterte’s Hypocrisy in Marawi

DUNEDIN, New Zealand (MindaNews / 08 Sept) --  Last month, President Rodrigo Duterte criticized the Ombudsman for “selective justice,” threatened an Iloilo mayor whom...

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Death as distraction

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/07 August) -- It took but a few days after the death of Kian Loyd delos Santos when some members of the...

LOLA GOT’S LUTONG BAHAY IN AMERICA: Dreamer

These days, the troubles that seem to plague the new presidency here in America have been unrelenting. Steadily more disturbing, harder to swallow. Encouraging...

TURNING POINT: The Nagging Whys on the Marawi War on Terror

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 4 Sep) – The Marawi crisis is probably the longest non-stop firefight in a single battlefield the armed forces...

PANTAW A MAREG: A Mother’s Pain

MELBOURNE (MindaNews / 04 September) -- My two daughters, Schaharazhed and Rojan, spent the best years of their lives as students of Werribee Secondary...

COMMENTARY: “…The strength of a people is measured by the welfare of the weak…”

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 03 Sept) -- The foregoing words are culled from the Preamble of the Swiss Constitution.  These are the words...

COMMENTARY: Ano ang nangyari kay Kian?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 02 September) -- The death of a 17-year-old Grade 12 student who died in a police anti-drug operation in Caloocan last...

PEACETALK: Here’s to our faiths

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 02 Sept) -- Every Eid season, I always get asked about the dates and declaration of long weekends, but almost...

PANTAW A MAREG: Sari, the MSU Mascot

One of the legends about Sarimanok has it that a heavenly being fell in love with Sari, the beautiful daughter of the Sultan. He...

MARGINALIA: Taqrib, not takfir: The way to rediscover

(A modified version of a reaction to the presentation “Intra-Religious Dialogue: How a Faith Tradition Can Rediscover Its Unity” by Felix Körner, SJ, PhD,...

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: National Heroes Day

Sa mga heroes, whoever you may be -- daghang salamat, thank you very many! Because of you karon way work ug way klase tungod kay gi-declare man...

PERSONAL ESSAY: Of fried chicken, an old factory, and a new skyline

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 August) -- Fried chicken lunch, sometime in 1992. “We’ve been having fried chicken for lunch from Beach Club over...

LUGAR LANG: Teatro sa Calle: In the Spirit of Resistance

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 August) -- This year, Davao City’s Kadayawan Festival was held under the dark cloud of Martial Law in Mindanao....

BALIK MSU: What volunteers say about helping students return to MSU Marawi

BALIK MSU. "Somombak Tano sa Pantaw a Mareg" (literally: Let us earn our education or let us be enlightened at the Rolling Hills) is...

PANTAW A MAREG: MSUans do not wait out the war, they bring in the...

MELBOURNE (MindaNews / 22 August) -- I am extremely thankful, relieved, and privileged to have been a significant part of a historic event where...

TURNING POINT: Building a City of Peace

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/22 August) -- Maybe it’s good to leave Marawi as it is after the war has ended as a  testament to...

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: Muslim-Christian efforts: eating Meranao meal in a Christian compound

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 19 Aug) -- Even in weakness we find ways to seek strength in the solace of those who seek to...

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: BBL’s Constitutional and Political Challenges

Last of a two-part series CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 18 August) -- In calling to mind the controversial 2008 case of North Cotabato...

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Bantawan of Kadayawan Village

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 August) -- One of the most interesting features of the 2017 Kadayawan Festival of Davao City is the Bantawan of the Kadayawan...

PANTAW A MAREG: Memories of Martial Law: Paksol

MELBOURNE (MindaNews / 18 August) -- Seeing students of Mindanao State University (MSU) sleeping on the floor and covering their windows with bed foams...

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Mindanao Confessions: A Peace Process Drop-out

NEW ZEALAND (MindaNews / 17 Aug) -- "I can no longer in good conscience support the government’s formal peace efforts that not only builds...

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Marawi Siege and the Question of Shifting Alliances

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 17 August) – In the heyday of national liberation movements that sprang after World War II, repressive Third World regimes...

BALIK MSU: What students say about returning to MSU Marawi

  Mark Beinson C. Lutcha, 18 Bislig, Surigao del Sur BS Civil Engineering, 3rd year I used to think that when an MSUan gets his prize it...

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Album of Songs Review: Gauss Obenza’s ‘Halinang Mag-Jam’

Produced by Gauss Obenza Recorded in Davao City, Quezon City and Gold Coast – Australia Recording Team: Astrid Holz, Jen Levi Sanchez and Gauss Obenza Mixed and...

BOOK REVIEW: Anthropology, Theology and Struggling with the Lumads

TITLE: Panagkutay: Anthropology & Theology Interfacing in Mindanao Uplands (The Lumad Homeland) Author: Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR Publisher: Institute of Spirituality in Asia, 2017 (This review by...

PERSONAL ESSAY: Manang Kimi: the Kikay of the Pack

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 12 August) -- After our dinner at home on Friday (August 11), my wife Ruby told me while I was with...

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW:  Kanus-a Pa?

Kanus-a, o kanus-a pa moabot kining salidaha sa ending niya? Sakit na among dughan sa mga eksenang nasaksihan nga punô sa kaalaotan. Bisag unsaon pa og ingon nga nagtangag kinig paglaom, nagpatigbabaw...

COMMENTARY: Effecting change cannot be a just an election promise

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/11 August) -- The population of the Philippines by 2020 will be 110 million. More critically, the school age population (0-19 years...

SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Teatro sa Calle

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 August) -- To bring back the spirit of Davao City’s street theatre in the 1970s-90, grounded in the Mindanao context, a group of artists and cultural workers...

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: An analysis of the 2017 BBL Draft: the good provisions

1st of a series CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 08 August) -- In an earlier article published by MindaNews, I endorsed the passage...

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