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Four annexes

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I discuss provisions in the Bangsamoro agreement which might occasion constitutional debate.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bangsamoro: plebiscite by town, not by province

Neal Cruz’s report about government peace panel member Senen Bacani’s approach to the Bangsamoro plebiscite is rather disquieting, since it will be by province and not by town (“No deal on Sabah issue, gov’t panel says,” Opinion, 4/2/14). Whole populations can be stranded behind artificial borders without their consent, giving rise to a Sudeten-like situation.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

War, peace and valor

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We tend to think of valor in terms of courage in the battlefield, recognized with medals and rituals and, in the Philippines, an “Araw ng Kagitingan.”

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Law as convenient anti-peace-deal scapegoat

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Our Constitution is a convenient scapegoat for those opposing the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. However, the more extreme critics cite a straitjacket unrecognizable as the Constitution.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mindanao’s promise

The government’s agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has raised hopes that enduring peace will finally be attained in Mindanao. And beyond this is the tremendous economic impact that the agreement can bring the country.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Dogs and cats

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Days after the ham-handed attempt to crash the celebrations marking the signing of the comprehensive agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the communist National Democratic Front was in the headlines once more over the issue of—cats and dogs.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dead end

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The fires that razed 50 hectares of forests on Mt. Banahaw in Quezon Province late March have flickered out. Mindanao has less than 10 percent of forest cover left. Will a Bangsamoro regime reverse that skid, assuming the 11-step transition roadmap is completed?

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Four annexes: an overview

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Up until last week all that the public had was the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro. Upon this framework would be hung annexes that would give substance to what was contemplated. Both government and Bangsamoro negotiators worked hard to get the annexes done until they were ready to submit four to the public.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What will happen to PH ownership of Sabah?

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The comprehensive peace agreement signed by the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is not so comprehensive after all. It raised more questions to which there are no clear answers yet.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Historic

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I can understand the jubilation of the people of Muslim Mindanao, which some of them expressed with much weeping, at the prospect of the guns being stilled once and for all in their corner of the world. I myself caught a glimpse of the cost of the war a long time ago when I talked to a 12-year-old boy ages ago.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Modernity and the Bangsamoro

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Modernity is a term that confuses many. Its root word, “modern,” refers to something that belongs to the present age, in contrast to things associated with the past. But, when applied to societies, modernity takes on more complex meanings. The most common of these is that modernity equals Westernization.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Breakthrough?

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“AFTER THE darkness, sunlight breaks through,” says an old regional proverb. Human sa kangitngit, mosidlit ang adlaw. People from cities to rebel camps cited that proverb after Thursday’s signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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