Monthly Archives: June 2018

Jun Lozada and the ZTE-NBN scandal

When closed shop some years ago, my blog Reflections on the Bangsa Moro went with it. I never thought that this Irish internet company would close down. Most probably, it was bought. Years of blogging went for naught. A few years ago, I found 2 of my blogposts from that blog in the Internet.… Read More Jun Lozada and the ZTE-NBN scandal

STATEMENT: Seek Peace and Pursue It

(Statement of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform on the GRP-NDFP peace process) The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) is saddened by the latest development in the peace process. Prof. Jose Ma. Sison, Chief Political Consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in a statement during a forum of peace advocates, said the […]

UNYPAD educates Luzon youth leaders on Bangsamoro history and BBL

By: UNYPAD ComTeam COTABATO CITY/ June 30, 2018 – In a bid to increase understanding and awareness among Filipino youth leaders on the struggle, sentiments and aspirations of the Bangsamoro people, the United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) shared the Bangsamoro history and Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to the youth leaders of Luzon…

Less-than-ARMM Bangsamoro is bad for business, “leads to very uncertain future”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) — Uncertainty is bad for business and the business sector in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), expectant of a better deal in the future Bangsamoro — the new autonomous political entity that would replace the ARMM — wants Congress to know that a “less than ARMM” Bangsamoro […]

2 killed, 2 hurt in North Cotabato shooting incident

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) – Two farmers were killed and two other persons were wounded in a gun attack Thursday night in Matalam town in North Cotabato by motorcycle-riding assailants. Chief Inspector Sunny Leoncito, chief of the Matalam police, identified the slain victims as Isidro Mata Cantil, and Ruben Alcalde Ramujal, both residents […]

BBL Deserves our Much-Needed Critical Support and Political Awareness under the new Presidential Administration

A Statement from United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) Issued on 28 July 2018 in Cotabato City, Philippines   BBL Deserves our Much-Needed Critical Support and Political Awareness under the new Presidential Administration   We, the Bangsamoro youth, strongly believe that Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) remains the most viable option for the cessation of…

Politics is a numbers game

Politics is a numbers game. The propaganda team and supporters of President Duterte keep on repeating that 16.6 million people voted for him for president. But that is NOT even a majority vote. Mr. Duterte got only 39.01% of the electoral votes. MORE people voted AGAINST him. Ex-President Aquino got a much bigger percentage — … Continue reading Politics is a numbers game

Davao records 975,000 tourists from Jan-May

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 June) – The city government recorded some 975,000 tourists from January to May this year, an increase of 21 percent compared to 806,000 tourists for the same period last year. City Tourism Office head Generose Tecson said in an interview on Tuesday attributed the increase the holding of meetings, incentives, […]

NCCA, Davao City plan to transform Kadayawan tribal village into a ‘hub for culture and peace’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 June) – The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will collaborate with the City Government of Davao to transform the Kadayawan tribal village into a “hub for culture and peace,” a move that seeks to revive the Magsaysay Park. City Tourism Office head Generose Tecson said in an […]


Kanang mabaw gyod ayaw pugsag palalom – samot kalubog! Batang badlongon kon sige nga buyagon samot mogarà. Ayaw nag tagda tiguwang nagbinatà – mahayblad ra ka. Iampò na lang nga untà hinglamdagan, iampò na lang. Eric S.B. Libre 26 Hunyo 2018

Marawi rehab: Bagong Marawi Consortium is out, Chinese firm engaged in hydropower is in

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) — It’s back to zero for Marawi’s Ground Zero. There will be no groundbreaking rites on the first week of July as earlier announced by Housing Secretary and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chair Eduardo del Rosario because negotiations with the Chinese-led Bagong Marawi Consortium (BMC) on the development […]


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) — In 1949, after the second world war, my Nanay Ina sailed from Bohol to Mindanao together with other young Bol-anons to find work as household helper or “maid.” My Nanay was very fortunate to find work with the very kind and generous young couple, Patching and […]

Kin yield 13 firearms, ammunition owned by former NorthCot barangay captain

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 26 June) – At least 13 high-powered guns and hundreds of ammunition were turned over to the Army and Police in North Cotabato by relatives of a former barangay chairman in Magpet town Monday afternoon, reports said. Julie Dinampo-Fajatin, younger sister of ex-chairman Renado Dinampo of Barangay Tagbak, Magpet, told authorities […]

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Poverty as a crime

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) – As with the war on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives, President Rodrigo Duterte’s order for the police to arrest “tambay” as “potential troublemakers” betrays a misunderstanding of – or refusal to understand – the social conditions that have produced that conspicuous “eyesore” in urban poor communities. […]