Monthly Archives: July 2016

Duterte “patiently waited” for NDF’s response; CPP calls for simultaneous declaration of unilateral ceasefire on August 20

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 July ) – President Rodrigo Duterte “patiently waited” for two more hours past his 5 p.m. deadline on Saturday for the National Democratic Front (NDF) to reciprocate government’s unilateral ceasefire but “knowing that an unanswered ceasefire declaration was not for the best interest of the nation,” lifted his ceasefire order, […]

Davao biz leaders hope GPH, NDF continue peace nego

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 July) — Business leaders here are worried about the lifting of the July 25 declaration of a unilateral ceasefire by President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday but hope both parties would continue the peace negotiations. Bonifacio Tan, president of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) said the business community […]

Dureza: August 20 GPH-NDF talks in Oslo still on

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – The first round of formal peace talks between government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) will proceed as scheduled on August 20 to 27 even as President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday lifted his five-day unilateral ceasefire, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said. “Let’s wait and see. […]

To Fit In or To Belong?

I thought fitting in was my goal but then I realized that I should stop fitting in a world that isn’t my home and start to be at where I belong. Fitting in is trying to be with the majority in expense of sacrificing your own self and identity. You listen more to them, fuel […]

Duterte lifts unilateral ceasefire; orders security forces on “high alert”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) —   President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered “the immediate lifting” of the unilateral ceasefire he declared on July 25 against the communist rebels and directed all security forces to be on “high alert and continue to discharge their normal functions and mandate to neutralize all threats to national security, protect the citizenry, […]

Jacinto named DENR Usec and MGB chief

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 30 July) – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed geologist Mario Luis Jacinto as Undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and director of the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB). Presidential Directive No. 002 on July 26 designated Jacinto, a former chief of the regional and later city environment and […]

Jacinto named DENR Usec and MGB chief

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 30 July) – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed geologist Mario Luis Jacinto as Undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and director of the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB). Presidential Directive No. 002 on July 26 designated Jacinto, a former chief of the regional and later city environment and […]

SONNET: Avoid Making Fun Of Others Out Of Jealousy

In The Name Of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful
Allah the Almighty commanded us
To avoid teasing and vain mockery.
As Allah’s servants, don’t think you’re the best,
Don’t deny your flaws and deficiencies.

Loathsome it is to name-call and misjudge,
To obnoxiously make fun of others.
Jealous are those who ridicule with grudge.
Sure of themselves – who lift one another.

 Don’t make fun of some for being plus-size,
For seeming poor, unkempt, weird or just plain –
Your claims may haunt you and you’ll realize
That they’re better than you in myriad ways.

Allah and His Angels – we’re on their side,
With God we mock satan’s envious lies.

3 Facts About Making Fun Of People:
1. Making fun of others is childish and is a bad habit of the insecure or jealous.
2. Don’t ridicule some people for something they can’t change like how Allah created them.
Never misjudge without knowing their whole story. Otherwise you’re the ignorant one who was brought up despicably by uneducated folks who were that inadequate at teaching you good manners.
3. What you make fun of, as well as your wrongdoings, may Insha-Allah find their way back to you if your teasing was uncalled-for or unjust, in this world and/or on Judgment Day.

Allah’s noble Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam advised us saying, “Do not express malicious joy towards a Muslim brother or sister’s misfortune, for Allah may have mercy on him/her and you may be stricken by the very thing you made fun of.”
(Narrated by Al-Tirmidhi)

Islam Questions And Answers: When Joking Is Permissible In Islam
www.islamqa.info/en/22170

The Ideal Personality Of Every Muslim
www.islamweb.net/en/article/65223/the-ideal-personality-of-the-muslim

Allah the Almighty knows best.
May Allah the Most Merciful accept all our good deeds, forgive all our wrongdoings, answer our du’as and reunite us with our Muslim loved ones in Jannatul Firdaus next to Him and His beloved Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu alaihi wa sallam. Allahumma Innaka ‘Afuwwun Kareemun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annaa. Ameen.
Remember all Muslims in your du’as 🙂
Wasalaam~
Mariam M. <3 Nomayri AbdulWahab Mababaya

COMMENTARY: Burma (Myanmar) and the Philippines: change is coming?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 30 July) — In mid-2015 I wrote an article on the similarities and differences of Burma and the Philippines at a time when both countries were preparing for their respective national elections, Burma in November 2015 and the Philippines in May 2016. (Read – http://opinion.inquirer.net/…/ph-and-burma-can-learn-from-e….) Now both countries have elected […]

Not welcome

Militants burn the US flag in front of the the gates of the Philippine Air Force base in Lumbia airport in Cagayan de Oro City Friday afternoon, July 29, 2016.  The old commercial airport, converted in an airbase three years ago, is one of the military bases identified to house US personnel and equipment, under the Enhanced […]

24 hours

President Rodrigo Duterte gives the National Democratic Front 24 hours or up to 5 p.m. on July 30 to declare a ceasefire, too, or he will lift the unilateral ceasefire he declared during his first State of the Nation Address  on July 25. The ultimatum was given Friday afternoon, two days after a Cafgu member […]

Duterte gives NDF up to 5 p.m. July 30 to reciprocate ceasefire or else..

ASUNCION, Davao del Norte (MindaNews / 29 July) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday gave the National Democratic Front (NDF) 24 hours or up to 5 p..m. on July 30 to declare a ceasefire, too, or he will lift the unilateral ceasefire he declared during his 1st State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday. […]

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: Reflecting on the killings for “better Philippines” 

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/29 July) – The world is very opinionated, thanks to social media. Even a nine-year old may now react directly to a shared post on a politician’s decision or a starlet’s narcissism on her selection as the sexiest. And a minor can draw direct and sometimes unkind responses, too. This child could be […]

Group helping cacao farmers to expand services to Luzon, Visayas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 July) – A group helping local cacao farmers will be re-launched on August 1 to cover other farmers across the country. The Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao Inc., a nongovernment organization, will be renamed the Cacao Industry Development Association of the Philippines (CIDAPHIL) beginning next week, its executive director Valente Turtur […]

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic (3)

Options for federalism Federalism requires a fundamental reallocation of powers and functions. In the end, we must design it according to the evidence available on what will work best for our common interest. In this article, the third of a four part series on constitutional change and federalism, I suggest some directions even as I […]

Davao Region’s economy suffers slack in 2015

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 July) – Davao Region’s economy slowed down in 2015 compared to its performance in 2014, a report from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed. During the 2015 Report on the Economic Performance of Davao Region at the Grand Regal Hotel Thursday, PSA 11 chief Ruben D. Abaro Jr. said the region’s gross […]

Alvarez: ConAss to revise 1987 Constitution, not ConCon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) — There will be no Constitutional Convention (ConCon) but Congress will just convene as a Constituent Assembly (ConAss) to revise the 1987 Constitution to allow for the shift from the highly centralized Presidential system to a federal form of government, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez Jr., announced at the Management Association of the […]

Pagdaro sa Kalinaw: The Dark Knight Rises – Batman Duterte and Robin “Bato” Probinsyano Save The Day (A reflection on the 2016 SONA)

[A previous version of this article first appeared as “Bayanihan Justice (Part 2): Bangon! Killing kids (and adults) in Davao didn’t stop crime” in Jeremy Simons Pagdaro sa Kalinaw blog at https://plowingpeacesowingjustice.blogspot.com] In president Duterte’s state of the nation address (SONA) on Monday, he painted a picture of the resilient Filipino, facing the darkness of […]

Militiaman dies, 4 others hurt in NPA ambush in Davao Norte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) – One member of the Cafgu Active Auxiliary of the 72nd Infantry Battalion was killed and four others were wounded when suspected members of the New People’s Army ambushed them on Wednesday in Sitio Kamunoan, Barangay Gupitan in Kapalong, Davao del Norte. The ambush took place two days after the first State of […]

SoKor investor eyes PPP for Davao project

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) – A South Korean investor is set to meet with City Mayor Sara Duterte for the proposed Davao Riverside Boulevard project that will be enrolled under the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP). This was revealed by Engr. Jose Froilan T. Rigor, planning officer 4 at the City Planning Development Office (CPDO) in an interview […]

What Do We Have to Feel Arrogant About?

Arrogant people come in many types. There are those who do not accept the truth and argue about it using falsehood. In the hadeeth of ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood, “Arrogance means rejecting the truth and looking down on people.” There are those who admire themselves so much for being beautiful, for being wealthy, for having luxurious […]

Camp San Gabriel in Davao will be pilot for ‘rehab centers-in-military camps’ project

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 July) — Camp San Gabriel in Mintal here will be the pilot for the rehabilitation centers-in-military camps project that President Rodrigo Duterte announced during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25. Duterte in his SONA said he will prioritize the rehabilitation of drug users, increase the […]

Smuggled Items

Bureau of Customs officials in Northern Mindanao open five containers with two Mercedes Benzes and Porsche cars, used clothing and meat, all worth P11 million at the Mindanao International Container Terminal in Villanueva town, Misamis Oriental Wednesday (27 July 2016). The renewed campaign against smuggling came after new Customs Chief Nicanor Faeldon threatened to shoot […]