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COMMENCEMENT SPEECH: Conquer Ignorance and Injustice, Defend the Beauty and Dignity of Our Own...

Today, as you graduate, and commence a new life of greater usefulness and purpose, remind yourself— To serve God, though others call him stupid. To serve Humanity, though others think the poor, the wounded, the excluded, are less than fully human. And to serve God and Humanity by standing up for our culture and our language. There is where we live. It is under attack; to defend it, we must go home again.

TURNING POINT: Nanlaban Kasi

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/8 April) – “Nanlaban Kasi (He fought back, that’s why)” is the police top tune to explain a dead suspect in...

KISSA AND DAWAT: ‘Chopped heads’ and citizenship

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/8 April) – This year is our 4-year old son's first awareness about election. Initially, he saw volunteers posting campaign posters, he...

KISSA AND DAWAT: La Convivencia: Beyond election fever

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 4 Apr) – Local election fever is high and many politicos will do many things to scout and win vote,...

MARGINALIA: Swearing by the Qur’an

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews /01 April) – “Matalik den i pawakan a malini lemambuyug” Bapa Gharib, the ever-smiling sage of Tangguapo, texted me as I was sipping my favorite Myanmar teamix this morning. Literally, it roughly means “Any Asil (a fighting cock locally called ‘pawakan’) that habitually runs while fighting shall be caged [now].”

TURNING POINT: Overcoming the Plastic Curse: The 5 Rs

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/1 April) – We may be able to diminish the volume of plastic wastes in the environment if we manage to...

TO THE POINT: Candid Notes

The “new beginning” – moral governance – is the biggest challenge for the BTA. The first step is for the BTA members to plant firmly the foundation. The second is for the BTA to indoctrinate the Bangsamoros to appreciate moral governance and to rally behind the BTA. The third is

TURNING POINT: Withdrawal Method

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 28 March) – The argument peddled by defenders of the regime is that the International Criminal Court cannot run...

BEYOND THE BEND: Proper use of IGR mechanisms is vital to the success of...

It cannot be emphasized enough that for the newly organized Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) the path ahead is extremely challenging. Right up there in...

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Plastic sucks

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews/27 March) –  Again, it took  the horrific images of what man-made wastes are doing to nature to shock us into thinking...

COMMENT: The Duterte-Misuari Puzzle

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 March) – Really puzzling! This Duterte-Misuari puzzle! President Duterte coddles and is beholden to Misuari. Evident! The erstwhile top Moro rebel...

MOORISH AND MOORING IN TAWI-TAWI REEFS: Kadday Bongao, Pondohan Sitangkai, and Tawi-Tawi’s Rising Tides

by Mucha-Shim L. Quiling (with Rizam Habibon - MSU-TCTO, BS History graduating student 2019) TAWI-TAWI (MindaNews / 26 March) -- My first excursion into Tawi-Tawi’s capital...

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Recycling is good but…

MindaNews/25 March – Campaigns calling for the recycling of non-biodegradable items like plastic have become commonplace. It has in fact become a fad to...

MARGINALIA: Gambar’s new revolution in the offing?

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews /24 March) – “Baka pupunta si Chief Minister sa Gambar barangay assembly (Perhaps the Chief Minister will attend the barangay assembly in Gambar),” my roommate excitedly told me last Tuesday night after receiving a text message.

TURNING POINT: Overcoming the Plastics Curse: Back to Tradition

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 23 March) -- Time was when the fish we bought in the market were strung in rattan or abaca strings. Vegetables and all other items were put together in a rattan and bamboo basket or in woven palm-leaves bag (bayong) in carrying them home. Dry goods from stores were brought home in paper bags or inside personal cotton knapsacks.

KISSA AND DAWAT: The Bangsamoro saga from A to B

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/19 March) – Cliché as it may sound, the words of Greek philosopher Heraclitus, “nothing permanent except change”, still rings true today...

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Buwan Nga Dagtom

Ang buwan nga dagtom mipatuhop sa iyang landong sa iyang landong nga naglugitom mipatuhop ang buwan nga dagtom nganhà sa mga galamhang giharian galamhan nga giharian sa daw nagbukál nga...

A MORO IN EXILE: See you in a week or two (The Tragedy of...

I have been thinking why the news of the plane crash in Ethiopia and the deaths of aid workers among the passengers hit me so hard.

MARGINALIA: Four enduring challenges to revolutionary-to-ruler transition

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews /14 March) – In addition to (1) simplicity or simple living, there are three other enduring challenges, among others, facing Islamic Republic of Iran’s revolutionary-to-ruler transition: (2) openness to criticism, (3) loyalty vs. competence, and (4) blaming the enemy.

A MORO IN EXILE: What is the beef with the BIFF?

(MindaNews / 13 March) -- Five years ago, my last mission in Mindanao before going on deployment in East Africa was to organize protection accompaniment for the return of thousands of civilians from several villages in Central Mindanao.

TURNING POINT: Electing Visionaries not Clowns to Defeat Corruption

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/12 March) – Corruption, how to defeat it, ought to be the central issue in this election. Useless are all plans...

TURNING POINT: The Narrowing Gender Gap

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/8 March) – March 8 is declared by the United Nations as the International Women’s Day. The historic basis was March...

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Repentance in the context of historical injustices

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 March) -- March 6 of the year 2019 is Ash Wednesday. As most Catholics know, this day marks the beginning of the Lenten Period, the liturgical year of the Christian Churches lasting 40 days. 

PEACETALK: I am not from a powerful family, not from a political clan, but...

(MindaNews / 02 March) -- I would like to request the person responsible to the alleged "mistake" committed to have the decency to officially write me directly as when I was requested to submit my notarized PDS (personal data sheet) for my nomination to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), there were personalities who contacted and called me.

ALPSIDE DOWNED: When subways trump airports

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews/01 March) – With a little time on my hands, I made online investigations on an infrastructure project of the Duterte administration...

TURNING POINT: Cocaine Invasion

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/28 February) – President Duterte announced recently that the Colombian drug cartels are already in the country. This is apparently evidenced ...

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: On the road to Miarayon

MIARAYON, Talakag, Bukidnon (MindaNews/28 February) – Through the last fifty years of my life, I have traveled extensively across the breadth and length of...

TURNING POINT: To be Safe and Beautiful: The Best Legacy Yet to Happen

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 27 Feb) – If the effort is brought to a successful end and sustained, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte may...

PEACETALK: Iisa tayo, kaya ipakita natin sa lahat kung ano ang kayang gawin ng...

Ngayong araw po ang pormal nating turnover. Ibababa ang bandila ng lumang Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; sa muling pagtaas nito, kikilalanin na tayo bilang Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

PEACETALK: We should put personal interest behind and work for the common good of...

As we witness today’s official hand over of the leadership of the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, let me emphasize the significance of unity in diversity.

CRUCIBLE: BOL and Self-determination (1)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 24 February) – Self-determination, a subject close to many hearts among conscious Moro youth and professionals, has elicited many questions. The most crucial, I believe, are these two: what drives the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to barter its revolutionary struggle with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) through transition process, decommissioning, and normalization? Would it advance or stifle the Moro quest for self-determination?

COMMENTARY: What lies ahead for the BTA?

The BOL is essentially an overhaul of the current regional autonomy framework and without a doubt the transition will be extremely challenging. Needless to say, the newly organized Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) faces a gruelling path ahead.

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Bad prescription

MindaNews / 20 Feb 2019 – Article 90 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended by RA 4661, provides that libel shall prescribe in...

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Cyber libel doesn’t exist

MindaNews/February 18, 2019 – The arrest of Rappler executive Maria Ressa for cyber libel charges has triggered a heated debate on whether the Philippine...

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Where art thou Mindanao concerned artists?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Feb) -- Since EDSA I, as a way to acknowledge the major contribution of concerned artists in dismantling the Marcos dictatorship, February - when the EDSA event is commemorated - is also the country’s Arts’ Month.

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Puwerteng Kuana!

Ay, mao nang akò nang gikuan ug akong giingon anà pagkuan kay kanang kuan man god kuan man, sa ako man god nga pagkuan-kuan nakakuan ko nga mao gyod nay kuan.

TURNING POINT: Press Freedom in the Balance

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 16 February) -- The press is a necessity in the working of a democracy. It is an institution external to the government that secures check and balance in governance to protect the interest and welfare of the people.

ALPSIDE DOWNED: Ni Hao in Nice

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 12 February) -- While waiting for our host while newly arrived on a recent trip to Nice, we had an encounter in the street with a local Frenchman. A car screeched to a halt and reversed a bit, the driver rolled down his side window and shouted out, “Ni Hao!” Then he drove away with a grin and another screech.

MARGINALIA: Four enduring challenges to revolutionary-to-ruler transition

YANGON, Myanmar (MindaNews /11 February) – It’s exactly 20 years back. 1998. February 11. 3:12 am. “In a few moments, we will land in Mehrabad International Airport,” an IranAir flight attendant in navy blue hijab assured with a smile the drowsy passengers to a seven-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tehran. A score of fellow students from Mindanao and I were fetched by a minibus at the airport and transported to Qazvin, a city over 100 kilometers away. After taking a sumptuous breakfast in Karaj in the suburb of the capital, we arrived in Imam Khomeini International University where we had to learn within six months the language of Gulistan, Divan-e Hafiz, and Shahnameh.

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: Another look at ʾBumbleBeeʾ    

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews /10 February) -- ʺWow, it was fun. I can watch it again?ʺ said a male teenager to a companion after watching...

TURNING POINT: A Convoluted Plebiscite

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/6 February) – A barangay desirous and votes to become part of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)  does not...

PEACETALK: Can the MILF carry the momentum in North Cotabato?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 February) -- Can the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) carry the momentum in North Cotabato after the overwhelming victory...

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: A test for the Dimaporos

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 February) – In 2001, the towns of Balo-i, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Tagoloan and Tangkal in Lanao del Norte voted “yes” to...

PEACETALK: Clarion Call For Unity

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /02 February) -- The recent bombing in Sulu is definitely perpetrated by a breed of people who are followers of the...

PEACETALK: In the conflictive pastoral situation of the Archdiocese of Cotabato, the Shepherd has...

(Homily of Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI during the Installation of Abp. Angelito R. Lampon, O.M.I. as Archbishop of Cotabato, at the Immaculate Conception...

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Kuwento-Kuwento

Ang pagkakaintindi ko kaya nag-martial law at kaya pinalawig pa ito ay para safe and secure tayo. Tama ba ako? O guniguni ko lang ito? Ano raw? May sumabog na naman? Ay,...

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Randy on my mind

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/ 31 Jan) – Death came like a thief in the night up north. And don’t we all wish that? – That, when...

TURNING POINT: Rethinking the War on Terror

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/ 30 January) – The state security forces ought to rethink its strategy in fighting terrorism to avoid the repeat of...

COMMENTARY: Why Filipinos resist Charter Change

The 1987 Constitution is considered one of the most enduring constitutions in the world because it has stood for almost 32 years without any...

Prayer for Peace in Jolo

Let there be PEACE in Jolo; Let there be Peace between Muslims and Christians; Let there be Peace between our two communities God protects All beleivers from evildoers God leads...

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