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War, peace and valor


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 »

The peace agreement with the MILF


A realistic way to understand the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro that is due to be signed today amid tremendous rejoicing is to view it as a concrete plan for establishing a stable political order in Muslim Mindanao.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A touching gesture from poor Muslims

Supertyphoon “Yolanda” brought out the best in us Filipinos. Yolanda awakened our innate concern for our fellowmen, in this case the typhoon victims. It also showed us that we are all capable of loving our neighbor.

Posted: November 26th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »


The photograph taken by Inquirer correspondent Karlos Manlupig of children playing “luksong tinik” in an evacuation center in Zamboanga City, published on page A10 of Wednesday’s issue, may have brought a rueful smile to many readers.

Posted: September 18th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Toward broader autonomy for Muslim Mindanao

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The move for broader autonomy for Muslim Mindanao is continuing beyond what has already been outlined in the 1987 Constitution.

Posted: July 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Braving it and making it


I LIKE to describe Muslim Mindanao as a gem in the rough. I’ve already written on the region’s key assets as a prime investment area: superior agro-climatic conditions, abundant primary resources, large tracts of idle lands, and wage rates lower than elsewhere in the country. And with the Muslim majority population in Southeast Asia, the region possesses a natural edge in meeting demands for goods and services in the wider Asean market.

Posted: December 10th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ghost-busting at the ARMM


“Things are finally looking up for Muslim Mindanao,” I wrote on my Facebook wall the other day. I had just spent Friday evening and Saturday with the newly appointed officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), led by caretaker Gov. Mujiv Hataman and his brand-new Cabinet.

Posted: January 23rd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mindanao from Moro eyes


A useful starting point for any analysis of the problem in Mindanao is the recognition that the Philippine government is not, and indeed has never been, in full control of Muslim Mindanao.  The ubiquitous checkpoints that dot the region, manned by forces belonging to traditional warlords and rebel groups, concretely attest to this. To all [...]

Posted: October 26th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Shared festival

The nation is marking today (Tuesday) the end of a long weekend with the celebration of Eid’l Fitr, a Muslim holiday. Eid’l Fitr (the Festival of Fast-breaking) is a three-day celebration of the Muslim world commemorating the end of Ramadan, a period of dawn-to-dusk fasting. Eid is a time for giving gifts, especially to children; [...]

Posted: August 30th, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Postponed voting disrespects law

BANSA KO MAHAL KO decries the postponement of the elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and its synchronization with the 2013 elections, in violation of its organic charter, thereby depriving its people of their democratic right to choose their own leaders in free and fair elections. BANSA KO MAHAL KO views the postponement [...]

Posted: July 8th, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

I thought the ARMM is for Muslims


WHAT, TINGTING Cojuangco is running for vice governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao? I thought the ARMM is for Muslims who want to be free of the Christians in imperial Manila meddling in their affairs. The Muslims want autonomy, so why is a prominent Christian from Manila running for vice governor of the [...]

Posted: May 24th, 2011 in Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Twilight Zone


THE WORST part, if one looked at the bigger picture, isn’t even the reported P1 billion in government funds lost away through anomalous transactions and fraudulent paperwork. What is most galling is that it had to take the horrifying carnage known as the Ampatuan massacre for the Commission on Audit to finally summon the gumption [...]

Posted: April 16th, 2011 in Columns,Editorial,Featured Gallery,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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