Long Queue

Motorists entering Iligan City from the southwestern side – including those coming from Marawi City and Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte and beyond – endure a long queue Wednesday morning (24 May 2017) as authorities tighten security measures after t…

Duterte declares martial law in all of Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 May) — President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law  in all of Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities effective 10 p.m. Tuesday (in the Philippines) following clashes between government forces and the terrorist Maute Group in downtown Marawi City that left two soldiers and a police officer dead, and 12 others […]

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (4): Governance

4th of 10 parts It has long been recognized that governance is a key issue in the Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi (BaSulTa) area.  In fairness, governance is an issue in most local government administrative units in the Philippines and even at the national level but that lies beyond the scope of this article on the Abu […]

Gov’t forces battle Maute group in Marawi City

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) — Suspected members of the Maute group ambushed Tuesday troops from the 1st Infantry Division and policemen in downtown Marawi City and took control of parts of the area causing panic among residents. Retired colonel Tatar Boriongan, Lanao Del Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief said the clash erupted around 2pm at […]

Duterte in Moscow

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte inspects the Russian Guards of Honor before singing the Philippine National Anthem upon his arrival at Vnukovo-2 Airport in Moscow for his official visit to the Russian Federation on May 23, 2017. Joining the President is …

Gabriela protests ‘indiscriminate’ use of aerial bombs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 23 May) – A lawmaker has raised concern over what she called the “indiscriminate” use of aerial bombs in a village here by the military, saying it had destroyed farms and caused fears among the residents. Gabriela Party list Rep. Arlene Brosas was referring to the bombing run in Barangay Dominga during a […]

MARBAI farmers back DAR officials in graft case filed by Lapanday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) – Farmers belonging to Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Inc. in Barangay Madaum, Tagum City have thrown their support behind two embattled officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano and Undersecretary Luis Pangulayan are facing complaints for violation of Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act filed by the Lorenzo-owned Lapanday Foods […]

2 more slain in shootings in North Cotabato

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/ 23 May) – A government employee and a terminal barker became the latest victims of still unsolved killings in North Cotabato. In Pikit town, unidentified gunmen shot dead Edgar Librando, 42, a collector at the Pikit municipal treasurer’s office, past 6 a.m., Monday. Reports said Librando was driving his red motorcycle with license plate number YB 5910 when […]

Ibarra endorser

President Rodrigo Duterte shows off his Ibarra, a Philippine-assembled watch, at the pre-departure area of the Davao City International Airport on Monday, 22 May 2017. The President said the elegant watch is what he will use during his May 22 to 26 off…

16 Mindanawons among Top 10 in 2017 LET

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 May) – Sixteen Mindanawons topped the March 2017 Licensure Examination for Teachers – eight for the secondary level and another eight for the elementary level – according to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). The PRC said 5,600 or 10.39 percent of the 53,915 examinees for the elementary level passed, and 18,482 passers, or 25.46 percent […]

BIFF bomber killed in Maguindanao raid — military

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/22 May) – A suspected bomber of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters was killed in a joint operation by Army and police forces in Maguindanao early on Monday. Capt. Arvin Encinas, spokesperson of the 6th Infantry Division said Murad Ali was slain when police commandos and Army soldiers raided his hiding place in Barangay Capiton, Datu Odin Sinsuat town, Maguindanao. In […]

Gabriela seeks probe on alleged abuses during mil ops in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 May)– A lawmaker said she will file a resolution asking the House of Representatives to investigate allegations that soldiers committed abuses during counterinsurgency operations in a hinterland village of Davao City on May 6 to 11. In a press conference at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines here, Gabriela Partylist Rep. Arlene […]

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: To tell a story that moves

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 May) — “Everybody’s a filmmaker today,” was an opinion shared by John Milius (of Conan the Barbarian and also wrote the screenplay of Apocalypse Now). Perhaps in no other historical era is this most true than today, when technological advancements in filmmaking has made the art of making movies more accessible to those […]

PH to enhance diplomatic ties with Russia — Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 May) – Russia will no longer be at the “margins of the Philippine diplomacy,” President Rodrigo R. Duterte said as he pointed out that “overdependence” on traditional partners has limited the country’s “room to maneuver in a very dynamic international arena.” “This is a strategic oversight that has led to many missed opportunities for our country. […]

NUJP STATEMENT on use of state-run PNA “to legitimize fake news”

May 20, 2017 PHILIPPINE NEWS AGENCY c/o Secretary Martin M. Andanar Presidential Communications Operations Office Dir. Virginia ArcillaAgtay News and Information Bureau Luis A. Morente Acting Executive Editor Lilybeth G. Ison Acting Managing Editor Dear Sirs/Mmes: We are writing about the posting of at least two almost identical news items that were posted on the […]

Teaching Bangsamoro and Filipino History

  From the blog THE SETTING SUN, 2.0   Teaching Bangsa Moro history Sometime in 1991 or earlier, Mr. Alfonso Felix, Jr. obtained copies of two historical documents from the Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid  written in 1755. He promptly translated the two texts entitled “The Siege of Palumpong” and “The Battle of Iligan.” The Society of […]

Teach Not the Bangsa Moro history, yet

Last year, there was a lot of hullabaloo about the proposal that Bangsa Moro history be taught to Filipino high school students. The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Department of Education spearheaded the proposal. There was applause everywhere, including among the Moros. Some Moros were happy and even… Read More Teach Not the Bangsa Moro history, yet

Father and Son

Hadji Uto Karim Misuari, eldest son of MNLF founding chair Nur Misuari, kisses the forehead of his father to welcome him to a forum at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on Sunday, May 21, 2017, where the elder Misuari delivered a lecture on Bangsamoro and Federalism. The younger Misuari is vice chair of […]

Nur Misuari’s temporary liberty extended until November 16

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 May) —  Extended for six months. The regional trial court that last year granted a six-month liberty to Nur Misuari, founding chair of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), has granted him an extension of another six months or until November 16, 2017. Misuari made his first public appearance after the court […]

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (2): Muslim-Christian Enmity

2nd of 10 parts Let us begin by posing an uncomfortable question:  does there still exist a deep-seated enmity, perhaps below the level of consciousness, visceral, instinctive, but real nevertheless between Christians and Muslims, which colors relationships and makes it difficult to achieve a real understanding between adherents of the two faiths? The historian Rudy […]

Last days of summer

Girl builds sand castle in Cagwait, Surigao del Sur, in the last days of summer. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

Hello, it’s been a while…

“To truly respect someone even when they’re wrong is to have a heart that wants to help them see, since their “wrongness” is often just the blindness of being behind. This sort of heart is open to seeing the best in another, that there is good on both sides, and that there could also be wrong in the self. It is a harder way, but it treats a person with dignity knowing they are not the enemy; rather they need a light to see further ahead where you are.”

Hello there! It’s been quite a while since I posted something here. A lot has happened… I had A LOT on my shoulders that made blogging last on my list, I became uninspired and passion for blogging slipped away. Some time two months ago, I even made this blog private for some personal reasons that i’m too ashamed to say. Just remembering it makes me cringe a little bit. But i’m here, i’m back with a fresh start .. Hopefully i’m back for good.

Life Lately

Life has been crazy and a lot was going on, good and bad. And I want to share it here not for lots of people to see (as if my life or whatever is fascinating to know) but for my future self. For memories to keep.

  1. Work especially paper works ate 70% of my time. I’ve spent sleepless nights and shed a river of tears just to finish all the IEP’s, Programs, and Curriculum for my students. Being a SPED teacher is not easy as pie!
  2. For the first time in my life, I became an emcee.
  3. So I decided to apply as a public school teacher. 
  4. Saying good bye to my students was the hardest part. I cried like a baby during the moving up.
  5. So much feels for 13 Reasons Why. Even better than the books.
  6. I love the fact that my sisters-in-law and I are pretty much close now.
  7. I was rank 6 in the RQA. After the results went out I was busy complying with all the requirements.
  8. I just finished watching Goblin. I am officially in love with K-dramas and Gong Yoo.
Days from now, I will embark a journey of uncertainty. For now, wish me luck!

Chinese investors eyed for proposed ecozone in Surigao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 May) — Chinese investors are being eyed for a proposed ecozone in Bislig, Surigao del Sur. Rep. Johnny Pimentel of the 2nd district of  Surigao dl Sur, principal author of House Bill 2672 filed in August last year, said the creation of the Special Economic Zone in Bislig City will […]