Monthly Archives: August 2016

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I woke up at 4am just so that I can be in Makati for an important appointment at 9:30. At 5am I was already in a taxi traversing the crazy streets of the metropolis. Traffic was already building up in Cubao by 5:30, the type of traffic one would expect at rush hour. Soon I was in EDSA, the taxi hurtling like a pinball on cold concrete. I managed to arrive in Makati by 6am. With three hours to kill, I entered McDonald’s, grabbed coffee and stared at young corporate workers and call center agents like a zombie. A young lady sat next to me. While I was sipping coffee, she was already eating a large cup of ice cream sundae. At 6:30 in the morning. I couldn’t determine which was weirder: this girl’s morning diet or the insane traffic in the capital? But one thing I’m sure of is we’re all heading to the apocalypse.

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Happy Place

Irene Santiago and Mohagher Iqbal, chairs of the peace implementing panels of the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front, enjoy the evening skyline from the viewdeck of Santiago’s “Happy Place” hilltop residence in Davao City on Tuesday, 30 Aug. 2016. Santiago hosted dinner  for the GPH and MILF panels at the end of the two-day strategic […]

PH economy loses P328 billion a year due to malnutrition – report

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/30 August) – The country is losing at least P328 billion a year due to the impact of childhood stunting on workforce productivity and education, a report released Tuesday by Save the Children said. Stunting, considered the most prevalent form of undernutrition, has permanent effects on a child’s growth and development, the report […]

TURNING POINT: Individual versus Collective Rights of Human Beings

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/30 August) — In the current, popularly-backed crusade to end the drug menace in a tight timeframe of six months, apologists of the campaign have argued that Individual human rights need to be sacrificed, in favor of the rights of the collective or the majority in society, because in a democracy the […]

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A visibly shaken Vicente Libona, a political detainee, is led to safety by jail guards after  policemen fired shots at the hostage-taker who attempted to harm him at the Misamis Oriental provincial jail compound in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday, August 28. The hostage-taker was killed. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO READ STORY 


A huge statue of the Virgin Mary is carried on a boat along the Cagayan de Oro River during the fluvial procession of in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday, August 28, 2016 on the feast of St. Augustine, the city’s patron saint. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

Duterte asks China to treat Filipinos as brothers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 August) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte appealed to China to treat Filipinos as brothers not enemies, as he reiterated the country’s position to resolve the territorial conflict between the two countries through a peaceful means. In his message during the National Heroes’ Day commemoration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Duterte said […]

COMMENTARY: Déjà vu: A Solution to the Philippines’ Looming Power Supply Crisis

By Robert Bagatsing The Philippines has achieved impressive economic growth numbers in recent years, and has further reinforced its status as one of the major economies of Asia. Now, the country finds itself amidst a power crisis that may portend a pronounced economic slowdown. In spite of the slow global economic growth, the Philippines remained […]

Ooopss, it’s GPH in peace process with Bangsamoro but GRP with NDF

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 August) — It’s the same Philippine government but in the Duterte administration’s peace process, it’s “GPH” with the Bangsamoro and “GRP” with the National Democratic Front (NDF). The Joint Statement of the government and NDF signed in Oslo, Norway at the end of the five-day first round of formal peace talks on […]


PO2 Caleb Sinaca is reunited with his family on Saturday afternoon, August 27, 2016 after the New People’s Army freed them in Sitio Brazil, Barangay Mat-i, Surigao City. The rebels freed them as a gesture of goodwill on the resumption of the peace process between the government and the National Democratic Front in Oslo, Norway. […]

SONNET: What Past Friendships Can Teach Us

In The Name Of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

As I pass by old friends’ profiles online –
Some secrets divulge and I realize:
Some friends move on as their paths change with time,
Others misguided by their loathsome pride.
“Friends” who quickly leave never meant to stay;
True friends stick by you though they’re miles away.
Through some lost friendships Allah wants you safe –
From bad influence or sins that remain.
As people change, ensure you do what’s right,
Stay on the Straight Way towards Allah’s Light.
With sinful friends don’t be preoccupied,
With dignity walk away from their lies.
To long-lost friends: Though not close here I’ll be,
Willing to forgive and guide with mercy.
Guiding Your Friends To Be With Allah

To Stay Friends Or Walk Away From Certain People

5 Reasons why some people may no longer 
connect with each other:
1] Misunderstanding on one or both sides which was not settled properly, due to arrogance or inability to understand each other’s point of view.
2] Deliberate lack of interest or communication between the two parties, either because of too many differences or doubting that the other may not accept them as friends.
3] When one is right and the other wrong, when one has become religious and the other is still addicted to certain sins, when one is humble and the other arrogant – good usually cannot get along with what is bad.
4] Change of ways, goals and interests – when you can’t find each other agreeing on the same thing it may be difficult to click and bond.
5] Forgetfulness – the person you try to reconnect with on facebook may have forgotten who you are but should you ever meet again Insha-Allah personally they may befriend you like they did before.

Why Allah is The Only True Friend whose Love and Friendship we can share:
Allah the Most Forgiving readily forgives you so long as you constantly return to Him. No matter where you are, what time it is and what mood you’re in, Allah the All-Knowing is always there to listen to you and grant you solutions with wisdom. Unlike some people who get tired of too many requests, Allah loves you more as you cry to Him more, talk to Him more often and say your du’as.

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.

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Lumads caught in crossfire welcome ceasefire

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 27 August) — The Lumads (Indigenous Peoples) of Bukidnon, many of them caught in the crossfire of the decades old conflict between the Philippine government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) welcomed the indefinite ceasefire declared separately by the two parties and other positive developments announced Friday at the end […]


Mother and child carry jackfruits from the mountains of Pugaan in Iligan City to the nearest market in the lowland, several kilometers away, on Saturday (27 August 2016). MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera

TURNING POINT: Misconception and Misapprehension

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 27 August) — Crimes committed by civilians against other civilians like theft, rape, murder and the like, are the concern and responsibility of the government law enforcing agencies like the Philippine Naitonal Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), etc… a task to pursue in coordination with the judiciary. In […]

GPH-NDF’s ceasefire second after 1986

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 August) – Indefinite ceasefire. The Philippine government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) have each declared a unilateral ceasefire that took effect at 12:01 a.m. on August 21 and will continue indefinitely as their ceasefire committees “reconcile and develop their separate unilateral ceasefire orders into a single unified bilateral agreement within […]

Duterte: prepare as country is “going to experience another spasm”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 August) — “The Philippines is going to experience another spasm. When? I do not know. Sigurado? Sigurado ‘yan. So we prepare within our limited talent, our capacity,” President Rodrigo Duterte said during the 10th Eastern Mindanao Command anniversary at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan on Friday. Duterte said the country […]

Duterte supports postponement of barangay elections

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 August) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he agrees with proposals to postpone the October 31 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, claiming money from illegal drugs “will seep into the electoral process.” “You will just be adding to our headache, people na kung sinong manalo ngayon (whoever wins now) those that […]