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Weep for the motherland

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American soldiers are coming to town, in the thousands, in battleships and warplanes. They will camp, not in the forests or jungles of the Sierra Madre or Mindanao, but in the metropolises of Manila and Cebu. Their aircraft carriers will be moored in the blue seas of Palawan, the “last frontier” of our hapless land.

Posted: April 2nd, 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 »

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 »

Rough road ahead for Bangsamoro constitution

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Tomorrow the peace panels of the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will sign the basic agreement that will formally end the decades-long “war” in Mindanao. That will not be the end of it, however.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Expect more heat

So here we are again: About to start the summer season, with the prospect of a power shortage to add to the heat.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Appeal to AMRSP for prophetic presence

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Today I give space to a letter of appeal from Brother Karl Gaspar, a Redemptorist alternately based in the Visayas and Mindanao. Karl is known in the religious sector as one who does theology in the grassroots, among the masa, the disenfranchised and the indigenous groups.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

CAB: road sign to peace

The Mindanao PeaceWeavers offers these words of kindness to all peacemakers of the Bangsamoro. Indeed, blessings will come to those who have offered their lives, limbs and all.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

As if we had a better choice

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January 2014 is only the year’s first month but it already shows how the rest of the year can go.   A low pressure area dumps its rains in northern Mindanao and kills about 40, an early glimpse of a weather pattern that can continue to be deadly. It did not cause undue alarm to [...]

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

Peace possible

To those who ask what will define the Aquino presidency, today is a defining moment!” That was President Aquino’s spokesperson Edwin Lacierda exulting on Twitter last Sunday, minutes after the negotiating panels of the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed the fourth and last annex of a proposed peace deal that would pave the way for the cessation of hostilities in Mindanao.

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Way to go

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The signing won much praise from global leaders, as well it should. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lauded President Aquino and Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Murad Ebrahim for their “vision and leadership” and the peace panels for their “perseverance, commitment and courage.”

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Typhoon-free’ Mindanao?

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By now it has become a comical refrain. But we can only understand how history, a discipline that entails hours of documentary research, eludes many of our government functionaries and even opinion writers.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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