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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: A glimpse of the promise of justice, equality, solidarity and...

(Speech delivered by Datu Bago awardee, Brother Karl Gaspar, on behalf of the seven Datu Bago awardees Mandaya Hotel, Davao City, 13 March 2018) Honorable,...

TO THE POINT: Cart before the Horses

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 March) -- “Putting the cart before the horse” is an adage expressing “oddity” or “reverse order” – “baliktad”...

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: From camps to Congress and to Marawi’s streets

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 12 March) -- From camps to Congress and to Marawi's streets, civilian leaders are banding together to amplify the cause...

LITTLE VOICES: The Vanishing Subsistence Fisherfolk of GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 11 March) -- The subsistence fisherfolk who are eking out a living in the once economically bustling Sarangani Bay,...

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: Can ConCom, ConAss speak for us?

MANILA (MindaNews / 10 March) -- Executive Order 10 creating the 25-man Consultative Commission or Committee (ConCom) to advise President Duterte on the revisions...

ALPSIDE DOWNED: The Box Of Our Tears

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 09 March) -- March 31 this year should be a red-letter day for OFWs. That’s the day when the Philippine...

TINGOG SA SUBA: Ambak, mga opisyal!

Dinhi sa amoa daghang nakasaway mga opisyal pasaway mura daw mga Apan ambak-ambak sa kasagbotan dili mahimutang, walay kapaingnan Sa una, kontra-partido karon, dotdot na pag-ayo walay klaro Unsa ba? Red, yellow o blue? Abi...

TURNING POINT: Getting Out From Poverty

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 8 March) – When I was in the grades, one of the first songs I easily learned to sing...

COMMENTARY: Our problem is not just Duterte but the weakling opposition

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 07 March) -- When Senator Salipada Pendatun attacked former President Marcos in a bombastic speech, Marcos rushed to Manila...

CRUCIBLE: BBL – Entangled Anew? (2)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 07 March) – (Second part of a paper presented during the Center for People Empowerment and Governance’s (CENPEG) Forum on...

PEACETALK: Bangsamoro Basic Law: Towards a Just and Dignified Peace

(Sponsorship Speech on Senate Bill No. 1717 or the "Bangsamoro Basic Law" under Committee Report No. 255, delivered by Senator Juan Miguel F. Zubiri,...

PEACETALK: The BBL comprises our greatest legal arsenal for achieving peace

(Co-sponsorship speech on Senate Bill 1717 or the Bangsamoro Basic Law, delivered by Senator Sonny Angara, chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government,...

PEACETALK: Bangsamoro is our commitment to peace

(Co-sponsorship Speech on Senate Bill 1717 or the Bangsamoro Basic Law, delivered by Senator Risa Hontiveros on 28 February 2018) The conflict in Mindanao has...

MOORISH AND MOORING: March is for Women, and for Bud Dahu

Aim for the Heart. To make that part malfunction, tell it to the Commander in Chief, to shoot at the heart For women who fight, fight for love That...

COMMENTARY: Do consumers deserve some respect from large companies?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 March) -- I would like to explain the rhetoric question of the title. As the vast majority of residents in...

TINGOG SA SUBA: Ayayay, Boracay!

Ngano man diay kung wala na'y Boracay wala na ba lain, Inday? Unsaon pataka man sila pang-labay mga basurang inatay dili ka ganahan motan-aw samot na sa dagat mo-kapaykapay grabe pa...

TO THE POINT: Mandate to Fail

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 02 March 2018) -- At the February 27 Senate hearing, the senators heaped blame on the NFA (National Food...

CRUCIBLE: BBL – Entangled Anew? (1)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 02 March) – (First part of a paper presented during the Center for People Empowerment and Governance’s (CENPEG) Forum on...

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: EDSA, Nene, the Deegong, ConCom, atbp.

MANILA (MindaNews / 02 March)  -- Now that the 25-man Consultative Commission (Concom) is constituted, the serious task of crafting the federal constitution is...

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW (3): How progressive is your barangay

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Feb) – There are few things a province, city, or municipality that a barangay cannot also do....

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: How Progressive is Your Barangay? Part II

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Feb) – Every community needs to capitalize on its assets and opportunities and out its revenues to...

CRUCIBLE: Marawi Crisis and CVE – “Without us crossing swords, ha ha”

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 27 Feb) – Below are exchanges of email and SMS between me and a head of sub-contracting agency that show...

Lamentation from the Land of EJK

The bullet-riddled corpses sprawl on the sidewalks, the dark alleys or inside the shanties waiting to be laid to rest in public cemeteries or dumped in common...

TURNING POINT: EDSA 1 and the Change that must start with us

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 25 February) -- EDSA 1 succeeded  in ending the Marcos dictatorship. The change expected to follow it did not...

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: How progressive is your barangay?

Part 1 CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 February) -- The barangay is an economy in its own right—with land, labor, and capital. All...

CRUCIBLE: Prancing politics

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 25 February) -- If only Maranao leaders persisted in taking a high moral ground like their forebears and did not...

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: We must assert our identity in the rehabilitation of Marawi

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews /24 Feb) -- "We built this city," so goes a hit song. We also want to rebuild this city together with the...

TO THE POINT: Señor Presidente, bilang Dictador, Tabang!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 February) -- We are unsure if “Señor Presidente, bilang Dictador, Tabang!” is Bisaya-Cebuano. We are only sure, it...

TINGOG SA SUBA: ‘Pake’ news

Ingon sa radio kumentarista dili mutuo sa 'pake' news kay basin maburos mga bakak ug tinatarantadong news hinimo sa publiko ug pribadong news Ambot lang apil ba pud siya kay...

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: EDSA people power – then and now

MANILA (MindaNews / 24 Feb) -- After 32 years, the euphoria of the EDSA People Power Revolution has subsided; the memory of people dancing...

TURNING POINT: Resuscitating Boracay

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 22 Feb) – President Duterte’s threat to close Boracay if it is not cleaned after six months was beyond...

OUR MARAWI: Give us IDPs peace of mind

[Message delivered by retired Professor Dalomabi Lao Bula, representing Marawi's internally displaced persons (IDPs) during the program after the 'Solidarity Peace Walk for Marawi'...

MY, MY, MY MARAWI:  Billions worth of rehab in Marawi must involve the people

SENATE, Manila (MindaNews / 21 Feb) -- More than funds, more than plans, it is about human beings. Marawi rehabilitation is about reconciliation. Many cannot...

OUR MARAWI: No to aggressive development! No to forced displacement!

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 21 Feb) -- It saddens me to learn from some homeowners and land owners from the main affected area (MAA...

LUGAR LANG: Teaching the hope of the nation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 21 Feb) -- I’m writing this piece in the afterglow of the 23rd Foundation Anniversary Recognition Program of the University of the...

TINGOG SA SUBA: Human sa bagyo

Pagduaw ni Basyang duha ka tulay sa Caraga napiang dili siguro maayo pagka-atiman nganong nahagsa man Ikatingala pa ba? kwalidad sa materyalis kwestiunabli permi bagyo man o dumptruck lang delikakado agian puwedi...

PEACETALK: Making the Choice: A Former Moro Peace Negotiator’s Perspective

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNew / 20 February) -- Federalism is not the panacea for all the ills of the Philippine State. To think...

PEACETALK: We want to come out of the darkness .. toward a brilliant...

(Inspirational/Support message to the Bangsamoro CSO Leaders’ Peace Summit, Mindanao State University,18 February 2018)  Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu! My greetings of solidarity and empathy with all...

COMMENTARY: Thinking Chinese on Lunar New Year

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 February) -- We celebrate two New Years in our household: on January 1 and the Lunar New Year. Our...

COMMENTARY: Dangers of Martial Law: The Case Of South Cotabato SP Member Romulo Solivio

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 Feb) -- I find it appropriate to state, at the outset, that it is dangerous for us to...

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Elites should lead the charge against corruption

Corruption remains the scourge of our society. It is largely caused by mass poverty and impunity. Battling them should be at the top of...

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: Economic underpinnings of the Centrist proposals

MANILA (MindaNews / 17 Feb) --- Candidate DU30’s federalism refrain wedded to his crude and brutal street lingo and earthy demeanor resonated among the...

TO THE POINT: A Dangerous Game

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 14 February) -- “Muingon mo’g diktador? Diktador gyud ko. Kay hindi ko mag-diktador walang mangyayari sa bayan na...

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: What makes the barangay unique and special?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Feb) -- If barangay elections will indeed be held, it is essential that aspiring candidates and the...

LUGAR LANG: Watch out, this V shoots back

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 February) -- I purposely didn’t post anything about Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s statement about feminists being “OA” or overacting...

TURNING POINT: Who is Afraid of Change?

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 12 February) -- The UP students who have been in the streets holding protest rallies against the excesses and...

TO THE POINT: Hala! Magbinisaya

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 07 February) -- Hala (Come on)! Magbinisaya (Let’s speak Bisaya). This is the order of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte...

COMMENTARY: The President’s Salvation for the Indigenous Peoples

MALITA, Davao Occidental (MindaNews / 07 Feb) -- I believe that the President honestly would like to help the Indigenous Peoples of Mindanao based...

COMMENTARY: On the SC’s ruling on the second extension of martial law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 February) -- Today, February 6, by a vote of 10-5, the Supreme Court (SC) upheld the second extension of...

MARGINALIA: Mediating ‘insider mediation’

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews /04 February) – One lazy afternoon, I received an email from a friend who shared a link and asked me if...

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