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COMMENT: An ocean apart

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 Jan) – Basically, the justice system of the United States and of the Philippines are the same. Ours is modeled after that of the US in the tutor-pupil tradition. Our courts – especially the Supreme Court – cite US jurisprudence in their decisions. So do Filipino lawyers in their pleadings.


Voters urged to check precinct list to avoid disenfranchisement

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 January) --  Voters, beware!
If you do not want to be disenfranchised, find out if your names are on the list of voters days or weeks before the election, not on election day itself, Melcar Unso, Comelec regional information officer in Southeastern Mindanao, said.

 

Election period starts, gun ban on

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 January) -- The five-month election period, including the gun ban, starts Sunday and ends June 13, the Commission on Elections said.

COMMENT: Mac, Congress disagrees

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 Jan) – On September 28, 2006, Dr. Macario D. Tiu wrote in his “Bisag Unsa” MindaViews column his advocacy of the native tongue as medium of instruction in our schools. Entitled “Mother Tongue Education”, it was written in Bisaya.


COMMENT: Is Paredes right?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 January) --  MATALAM Mayor Bernardo Magbanua Valdevieso deserves commendation for admitting his inability to perform his duties well due to poor health and turning over the mayorship to his vice mayor. He could have just filed a leave designating his vice mayor as acting mayor. Anyway, he just had six months left of his term.

COMMENT: On P125 wage increase

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – House Bill 345 proposing a P125-wage increase over a three-year period starting this year speaks a lot of how our legislators – the representatives of the people – regard the labor sector.  Are they just to these poorer members of their constituencies?

COMMENT: Zero Respectability

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/4 Jan) – In allowing the transfer, without court order, of US Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith from the Makati City jail to the American Embassy at midnight last December 29, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo sacrificed Philippine sovereignty to the Visiting Forces Agreement.

COMMENT: A riddle and a challenge

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 January) --  Maguindanao has the fastest town-birth rate in Mindanao – or, perhaps, in the entire Philippines.  In 1995, it only had 18 municipalities.  By the end of 2006, the 18 had multiplied to 33 with the province itself splitting to two, its daughter named Shariff Kabunsuan.

The Bud Dajo Massacre a hundred years later: will America apologize? (2)

Last of two parts BUD DAJO, Patikul, Sulu (MindaNews/17 October) -- February 2004. At the opening of the Philippine Center for Photojournalism’s “Tanaw Mindanaw” photo...

The Bud Dajo Massacre a hundred years later: will America apologize? (1)

1st of two parts  BUD DAJO, Patikul, Sulu (MindaNews/15 October) – History books refer to it as the “Battle of Bud Dajo” although it was...

Clarita Alia on summary executions: “How many more mothers will cry, how many more...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 March 2005) -- Clarita Alia's youngest son, Fernando, 12, does not live with her anymore. She sent him away, afraid he would...

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