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OUR MARAWI:  We shall bridge religious gap and work towards defeating a common enemy

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 31 Oct) -- To defeat the rise of violent extremism in our country, we emphasize on civilian participation and to...

TURNING POINT: Kalagkalag

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/31 October) -- When we kids were still in grade school we always looked forward to All Souls Day. It meant...

TURNING POINT: The Covenant with Oyong

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/31 October) -- One summer evening in the house of our grandfather, my cousins and I were engrossed in a discussion...

OUR MARAWI: We will hold on to hope

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 30 October) -- War raged in this city for 154 days. Days when the exchange of fire between terrorists and...

PERSONAL ESSAY: Friends into the Afterlife

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 29 October) -- “Make sure the rosary that nanay is holding in her coffin is cut,” my sister instructed in...

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Unsay Pulos?

Unsay pulos, unsay kapuslanan sa duha ka buok ug tangkag pa gyod nga dalunggan kon walay katakos maminaw ug makadungog sa nagkadaiya nga mga tingog? Unsay pulos, unsay kapuslanan sa mata nga duha bisan og...

TURNING POINT: “What is Happening to our Country, General?”

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/ 28 October) -- Today Every suspect is already a criminal. And a criminal is punished either by immediate execution or By sickening death threat The...

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: Avoid A Mamasapano and Marawi ! 

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 27 October) -- Moro notes, October 20-25: Marawi returns back its 9 barangays after 153 days of fighting, the last day...

MINDANAWON ABROAD: People-to-People Relations

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 27 Oct) -- This year is the 60th year of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Switzerland. We already know...

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: From the Exodus to the Return What Really Happened...

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 23 October) -- The Timeline of Events. December 2016: The Presidential Security Guard convoy of President Duterte experienced an armed incident...
Director Arnel Mardoquio at work. Photo Courtesy of The Riddles of my Homecoming Crew

COMMENTARY: On Monopoly vs Democratization of the Philippine film industry

  (English translation by Erico San Pedro) Three years ago, I wrote this paper and gave the first draft to two of my Metro Manila-based director-friends....

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: Finally, Our (Partial) Return to Marawi

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 21 October) --  Assalam. For lack of time, here are my open forum inputs in the Department of Health's (DOH)...

OUR MARAWI: Dear Brother

Assalamu alaykom. When I read and saw photos in the mainstream and social media news of President Rodrigo Duterte finally declaring the liberation of Marawi...

PANTAW A MAREG: Suggestions for the Rehabilitation of Marawi

To Whom It May Concern: Suggestions for the rehabilitation of Marawi. 1) Signages. At least three languages to be more inclusive. a) English for those learned...

TURNING POINT: Liberation and Reconstruction: Joys and Woes

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/18 October) -- Damn elastic and endless deadlines! The President finally declared on Tuesday, 17 October 2017, the liberation of Marawi...

MARGINALIA: Time for government’s ‘self-reinvention’?

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews /18 October) – Early morning after my short presentation at the ‘terror’ in Marawi forum held last June 30 in Ateneo...

PANTAW A MAREG: Inged aken a Pilombayan / My beloved Homeland

(This poem written on 17 October 2017 is in Meranaw and English).  Inged aken a Pilombayan Miyaka maradika ka kon. Anda ka miyaka maradika? Antawa-a bes i titho...

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: Selling sardine cans to survive and a million dollar questions

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 17 October) -- For Excluded Evacuees  or those without relief and DAFAC (Disaster Assistance and Family Access Card), please report...

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: Were Meranaos Happy or Sad for Hapilon?

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/ 16 Oct) -- Lyndee of Initiatives for International Dialogue in Manila recalled a prayer moment early June of the siege when...

TURNING POINT: A Rabid Dog Dies of Rabies

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/16 October) -- Since the birth of nation states, the guiding philosophy in foreign relations is to make and multiply friends...

COMMENTARY: So how do we feel about the deaths of Hapilon and Maute?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 16 October) -- In response to a dear friend’s query - So how do we feel about the reported...

GREEN SPACE: Who cares?

DAVAO CITY (Mindanews / 10 October) --  In July 2017, the Davao Shrine Hills Advocates criticized the lack of coordination among government agencies with...

TURNING POINT: Something is Wrong

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/10 October) -- Something is wrong When a whiff of corruption prompts thunderous lightning fast punitive action while a hurricane of corruption...

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: The President and the Commanding General

  To be in the Philippine Army headquarters at their Grandstand in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City (home to the 85,000 strong army men and women...

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...

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