Monthly Archives: November 2018

Early Christmas

Passersby view the Christmas lights and decor outside the house of the Buendia family on Libra Street, GSIS Heights in Davao City on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. For many Filipinos, the onset of “ber” months signals the start of the Yuletide season. MindaNews photo by GG BUENO

Indonesia to hold 3-day expo in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 14 Nov.) – The Consulate General of Indonesia in Davao City will hold a three-day expo that will introduce some of its country’s quality export products. Endah R. Yuliarti Farry, consul for information and sociocultural affairs, told Habi at Kape on Wednesday that 20 Indonesian manufacturers of construction and building materials, housewares, […]

Bud Uwak Musings 2018-11-14 12:20:00

Personal Essay: MY Ateneo LSE JOURNEY

File name: Ahmadul, Al-Madzhar J.

Deadline: one week after Session 12 (last formal session)


Introduction


I am Al-Madzhar Jundam Ahmadul, a native of Jolo Sulu, but grew up in the streets of Sampaloc Manila. As a second generation OFW, I spent my childhood days with grandparents while my parents are abroad. When I finished college and passed the Physical Therapy board exam in 1998, my parents immediately sent me a family visit visa to stay with them here in Qatar. That was twenty years ago and since then – and with 6 kids on my own all of whom but one were born in Qatar – I have called Qatar as home.


As with the “Langit sa piling mo”, of the anthem goes, I realized in me an inexplicable yearning to return to my roots. Add to that a healthy dose of megalomania, that self-belief that one can indeed leave a dent in this world and embark on an immortality project (a project still benefits people even after one is dead) I explored many ways of accomplishing that. I have followed and tried to learn from likes of ‘Uthman bin Affan, Abdur Rahman bin ‘Auf and the current ‘guides’ such as Mohammed Younus, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Ray Dalio, Benjamin Franklin, Malcolm Gladwell, Charles Duhigg, Angela Duckworth, Tony Seba and many other ‘mentors’ and indeed has gotten from them a decent amount of understanding that if one puts one’s own mind into something and focus on it, there could be a chance to change things. However, I needed a systematic approach wherein the collective wisdom of these business and Tech Gurus and others like them can be presented to me in a comprehensive package. At the end of this search, I have found social entrepreneurship as the most win-win approach that firstly benefits myself, my family and has the potential to trickle down to my community and society at large. When my friend, Mark Santos informed me about Ateneo LSE, I didn’t hesitate a bit and was excited to be in.

Personally, I just want to be with my family – including my parents – and spend a lifetime with them and navigate through the ups and downs of life. I have made breaking the cycle of the need to work abroad as one of the missions of my life – while simultaneously improving the lives of my people. Big dreams right, but its free to think big and this gives me more reason to accept the struggles of life.


Many of what the program has offered confirmed my understanding from my personal quest of leadership and its variations (servant leadership etc.) The session about leadership contained lots of wisdom and even gave practical and real recent examples such as war against drugs. That we need ethical leadership above all was the primary message I took home that day. It might be noted though that the presentation did not mention Integrity as a fundamental need of leadership. It seems that the people of the Philippines – or at least those who put the current leadership in its position – care more about integrity than ethics. They chose a leader who walk the walk and talk the talk. They couldn’t care less about the morality of the leader if the choice is between morality and integrity. They saw a leader – with his home city as the example – who might not be the best of example for our kids in terms of speaking – but stands tall in terms of fighting against corruption.

I would say, of all the sessions, I benefited most from Financial Literacy. I wish that somebody told me the stages when I first held a job and made my own money. However, it wouldn’t hurt though if the presenter would weave the presentation with more hems of hope rather than the despair of reality. Although I wasn’t depressed when the sessions ended, I wasn’t hopeful either. And hope – that anticipation of a better tomorrow – is the only reason why we continue to do what we do despite everything else.


From all the quests and the conclusions I have made, I didn’t know that it has a terminology. When the idea of financially improving one’s self and family, and at the same time solving some of the nation’s woe through entrepreneurship dawned on me, I didn’t know that people call it social entrepreneurship. Ever since I learned the term it stuck with me. Hence, when ALSE appeared on the horizon, I didn’t have second thoughts in joining. I learned that the UN has identified sustainable goals as guide to social entrepreneurship. And so, six months have passed and here we I am writing this essay on wee hours of the morning because tomorrow is my last, last, dead, deadline…

I am excited to present the business plan my team made as we hope that we can improve poverty and food threshold of the Filipino family while throwing electricity into the mix. No, we will not electrocute people but we aim to harness the power of green energy and help put food on the table of poor families.


In the future, I would wish that the program offers the importance of failure and handling it as a prerequisite of success. Here are some of my suggestions that the program can include in the future:


  • 1Failure – the importance of failing early and failing small
  • 2SWOT analysis
  • 3The basic of market research and market segmentation with a special touch of marketing in the Philippines
  • 4How to register a business and its intricacies – real life experiences
  • 5How to get funding – including crowd funding
  • 6Crowd sourcing
  • 7The basics of Corporation
  • 8Emotional Intelligence
  •  Current trends in Technology and how Philippines can be a player in technology and not just agriculture. I mean look at Vietnam!
  •    The importance of finding a mentor – Thanks to the ALSE team for their great hard work


With that I truly wish everyone a success. Thank you.

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How I keep 90 cans of soda, beer (and wine bottles) deliciously COLD

This is something I’ve been SUPER excited to share with all of you before my big mini vacation trip back to the Philippines. Alas, that trip kept me so busy that I knew I could only break the good news once I’m back in New York. Anyhoo…here it is: I finally…

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Duterte to meet with NDF leaders on possible resumption of peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 November) – President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with leaders of the National Democratic Front (NDF) after his Singapore and Papua New Guinea trips this week to discuss the possible resumption of the peace negotiations. ‘’Agcaoili and Jalandoni. I will not keep it a secret. I do not want yang confidential-confidential. Pupunta dito […]

Davao Oriental Moro youth leader calls for support to ratify Bangsamoro law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 November) – A Moro youth leader from Davao Oriental said that even as her province is not part of the proposed core territory of the future Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) she hopes RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao gets ratified on January 21, […]

My humble dream for my homeland, Sulu!

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My humble dream for my homeland, Sulu!
By Ar-Rayyan Mawallil Tulawie

Photo credit to owner

I STILL REMEMBER when I was a kid, when night comes, before going to bed, we all gathered together with my siblings and cousins ready to intently listen to the interesting stories of our grandparent about their childhood life in Sulu. I still remember the joy in their faces as they elatedly narrate to us the stories of their past as how they lived in a peaceful and lovely place of Jolo, the capital town of Sulu, wherein even if they roam around with their friends in the middle of the night, watch a movie at the theatre together, and they even joked that during their time even if you sleep at Plaza Rizal, among others; they don’t have to worry that something bad might happen to them and they always feel secured as they enjoyed a calmer life in the town. Indeed, it is exhilarating to hear the story of the past, especially so if coming from our loved ones.  As if we were the one that lived in their peaceful time.

However, sadly, they say that many things had changed now, especially after the infamous burning of Jolo in February 1974 – forty four years ago today, wherein “around 20,000 Muslims, Christians and Chinese civilians who were residents of Jolo perished in the wild inferno at the central commercial district caused by repeated land, sea and air bombardments by the lethal Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) war machines of mass destruction. They were caught in the cross fire between the two-day battle of the colonial AFP occupation soldiers and the freedom fighters of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) right in the town center of Jolo.” – [Sulu Online Library]

As a consequence, the unfortunate incident had left a strong effect on lives of many natives of Sulu then. It triggers them to leave their beloved homeland even if it was painful for them, hoping that in other places, such as Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and Zamboanga City they can finally live in peace and harmony, and eventually secure the welfare and future of their children and the coming generation.

I hailed the unwavering sacrifices that our leaders have done to us in order that our Agama, Hulah, and Bangsa will be preserved for the coming generations because irrefutably, since then and now, Muslims in Mindanao particularly in Sulu are often target of persecution. They only fought for what they truly comprehend is right for us – their children. I pray to Allaah that they will be rewarded for their good intention. I do also understand the long-time physical and emotional agony that our people have patiently endured as a result of what the past governments has done to us. This even resulted in numerous encounters between our side and their side that cause serious devastation of copious lives and properties of our nation. Who wouldn’t like that we finally attain our goals for our Agama, Hulah, and Bangsa?

Nonetheless, I personally believe that warfare is not the ultimate strategy that we can use in order to finally attain our goals. We have tried this for decades now, but still we haven’t yet totally achieved our goals and this caused more harm than good to our people and communities. Our goals need a sustainable diplomatic methodology that shouldn’t result to the devastation of our people and their hard-earned properties. The well-being of our people must not be compromised at all times. This doesn’t mean that we will forsake our defense, no! Bear in mind that even our body has its own defense mechanism —the white blood cells that provide immunity to our body. They help in fighting against diseases, infections, allergies and foreign particles. These cells keep our body safe and healthy, much like the soldiers of a nation.

Consequently, I also do believe that we must embark and focus on other approach to address our long-time predicament by building a dynamic and stable Muslim community. Let us all put our guns down to give way to another methodology that we may possibly apply all through the process. Although, these are long term solutions, but it will be effective and suitable for our people and community and the impact is astonishing. Even if we will not attain the outcome, the children of tomorrow will surely reap the benefits of the sacrifices of today—and I am hopeful to Allaah that time may come soon.

Indeed, if we will just expand the boundaries of our minds and focus on to the peaceful remedies that will result positively as well as devote much of our lives towards creating peace—not destruction that the first and foremost to suffer are our own people and community, we can see gargantuan progress and development that will benefits our Agama, Hulah, and Bangsa. In fact, there are many contributing factors that are crucial and impressively simple that we can do to uplift the well-being of our people and community and if we want that our beloved Sulu will someday become progressive. Leaders must exhaust all possible means to uplift the lives of their people. These are only few from the many things that we must be focusing on:

1.) Education, be it Islamic and secular, play a crucial role if we want our community to gain splendid status from other communities. Also it plays one of the most important roles in the development of a community. Modern society is based on people who have high standards and knowledge which allows them to implement the best solutions for different problems. After all, education means innovation. Innovation and creativity can only occur when people are skilled enough to know how to operate with different technologies and machines. If we can build many Islamic and secular universities across Sulu, let’s do so. From it, various courses can be taken by students such as Islamic studies…like Islamic Law, History of the Prophet (Peace be upon Him), Medicine, Law, Engineering, Agriculture, Fisheries among others that can eventually contribute for the progress of our beloved Sulu. In so doing, the Tausug will no longer need to go far away from their homeland just for education. Let us produce more Tausug professionals from various specializations that can be of help in attaining our long term solutions. As a result, whenever we need an expert on a certain fields that we need to explore and develop, we have readily available who has the sense of patriotism to Agama, Hulah, and Bangsa. Just imagine if many Tausug possess this qualification. Let us uphold education because any society requires a good education system. The leaders of tomorrow are formed and inspired today. However, their leadership can only start by acquiring life lessons and having potential.

2.) Health Care System, just like education, is one of the foundations of good society. If everyone is free from diseases, we can able to do our tasks effectively. General hospitals as well as clinic must also be built across mainland part of Sulu in order to cater the health care needs of every citizen both living in rural and urban places alike. In so doing, no need for our people to go to other places in times of emergency because they have heath institutions in their own place capable of giving the quality health care that they need. These medical institutions must ensure that they follow high standard health care systems that suit our capacity and situation. Hospitals must equip with every machine that our people might need such as CT scan, mammography, MRI, etc. as well as medicines and it must also be readily available in all pharmacies. Additionally, for emergency purposes, we must have an ample ambulance to fetch patients that need to be taken to hospitals. We do have plenty health care professionals who are willingly committed to serve in their homeland. Let us raise the standard of our health care system because this is crucial for our goals.

3.) Environment and sanitation. Cleanliness is a half of faith. Thus, it is incumbent for everyone to ensure that their surrounding starting from their home and community is clean and tidy at all times and local government units or LGUs must be at the forefront in embarking and strengthening this noble advocacy to every citizen of their governed community. Each and every one must be responsible enough in disposing their garbage. Don’t throw it into the ocean as it will destruct our ecological system. Eventually, our children will be the one to suffer the repercussion of our bad deeds. Hence on this matter, LGUs must provide innovative approaches and solutions on waste and management as how this dilemma will be properly addressed.

4.) Economically speaking, “most of the residents are into the agriculture industry. Agricultural products include coconut, cassava, abaca, coffee, Lanzones, jackfruit, durian, mangosteens and marang. Jolo is the only municipality in Sulu that does not farm seaweeds. Fishing is the most important industry; otherwise people engage in the industries of boat building, mat weaving, coffee processing, and fruit preservation.” – (Garrido, Marco C. (2005-01-20). “Tribulation Islands, Part 2”. Asia Times.)

Alhamdu Lillaahi, thankfully, my homeland is truly blessed by Allaah that even if you are poor, you can still eat three times a day with fresh food, you can still go out with friends and have coffee in your favorite café with them, eat exotic fruits like durian, marang, Lanzones, mangosteens, among others. These are proof that the land and sea of Sulu have a huge potential for economic growth and rich in natural resources. Not only that, Sulu is also rich in numerous delicious world-class unique delicacies, although, this still needed to be marketed both national and international. Just imagine this, if Sulu has its own sardines’ factory and other factories that will turn Sulu raw products into finish one, what can be a great help to augment the employment of many Tausug! If other places have their own “Pasalubong ng Bayan”, we can also set up our own “Sasampangan daing ha LupahSug” fostering our delicious bawlu, hantak, panganan, durul, jah, and many more. That way, our people will be engage in business and our lives will be uplifted because we all have the descent work to earn halal living for our family.

5.) Moreover, not only some, but it must be every household in many rural communities across Sulu must enjoy the quality life that they deserved and entitled to such as comfortable restroom right beside their houses. Anyway, we have huge, vast tracks of lands where this restroom can be built. In so doing, the old practice of going to the jungle just to answer the call of nature will be eradicated. I couldn’t conceive women practicing this. They don’t deserve it. In fact, their modesty and chastity must be preserved and uphold; every road must have street lights even just solar powered street lights so that at night time total darkness will turn into bright night. At any emergency or untoward incident during the night, they can see the roads; direct water supply in every house so that no need for them to go to the far places just to take water; hospital or at least health clinic with available doctors, nurses, midwives, among others, as well as equip with the needed medicines and medical equipment; schools both for Islamic and secular education available with competent professional teachers providing best quality education. At the same time, the materials being used are upgraded and innovative, among others.

6.) Militants who are hiding in the jungle of Sulu, with all due respect, must come out and join our cause for our beloved Sulu. They must put to an end now to their bad activities that will only endanger the precious lives and hard-earned properties of our fellow Muslims and non-Muslims alike, as well as tarnish the splendid reputation of our Agama, Hulah, and Bangsa. You are a crucial part of the solutions to our various societal dilemmas. If you have grievances to our government, express it diplomatically and peacefully not with rancor that only result terror in the hearts of our beloved fellow-Tausug. Don’t you love us? Whom will you expect to love and take good care of our Agama, Hulah, and Bangsa if not first and foremost you; yes it’s you, and the rest of the resident of LupahSug, of course apart from Allaah. Hence, don’t be part of the problem; instead be at all times a proactive part of the solution.

Corollary to these, in order that we may achieve our ultimate goals, everyone must help hand-in-hand and we must all do what we can, now. This is absolutely a collaborative effort that every Tausug must take part.  I perfectly resonate to what American author Matthew Lesko has said that: “Good government only happens when people working in it do their jobs, and do them well.” Indeed, union is strength. We all yearn for positive changes to happen in our beloved Sulu, but we must always remember that even Allaah wouldn’t change our situation if we ourselves will not change. Indeed, leadership (change) starts on one’s own self and at one’s own home and family. Should everyone will be doing this, in shaa Allaah, we can have a good if not best community. This is only basic things that everyone can easily do on their own, but has impressively positive impact to a larger horizon.

Finally, let us not allow that we will be forever left unprogressive. Let us be shameful to the next generation. The well-being of our people must not be compromised. Above all, let us always be reminded with this beautiful word of Allaah (Azza wa jaal); “And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided.” – [Qur’an 3:103]. Change is real, surely it will happen. When? If we start if from ourselves by surrendering our desires to the will of Allaah and the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). As much as possible, let’s take from these two our formulas in addressing various dilemmas that we are facing in our day to day life.

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OPINION: ‘Some health facilities uphold DOH memo on Niqaab’

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OPINION: ‘Some health facilities uphold DOH memo on Niqaab’
By Gamson Jr Mawallil Quijano

DAVAO CITY, the hometown of the 16th and current President of the Philippines, and the first from Mindanao – is truly one of the ‘Muslim-friendly’ cities in the country. Its government thoroughly supports – by all means – the Muslims community thereat by ensuring at all times they can freely and comfortably practice their Islamic way of life.

This has been affirmed during the dialysis training of my wife – Nur Aisa Husin, a registered Nurse – in one of health facilities in Davao City – the Nephrology Center of Davao located at Door 6, Carriedo Building, J.P. Laurel Avenue. According to her, from the day of her enrolment until she successfully finished her course, she never had experienced any discrimination from all her colleagues in work that compels her to take off her face cover during her entire course thereat. As a matter of fact, even after her training she has been accepted to work as a “reliever” and later on as a regular staff in the Center.

Mostly, some people see Muslim women wearing niqaab as a threat to them and will raise dubious behavior to the one who wears it. “Alhamdu Lillaahi, here, they graciously accepted me. My supervisor even said that – niqaab will never be a reason for us not to accept you in this work. That’s your faith and we will respect and uphold it. What matter here is that you perform your professional responsibilities well and that’s fine with us,” my wife told me.

“At first, the scrub suit that I wore is just short sleeves, so what I did was I just wore long-sleeved inside because I thought it’s not allowed to wear long uniform. Surprisingly, they even suggested me to just sew it so I can wear a long-sleeved uniform for my own comfort. I always go to my duty clad in abaya and niqaab. I wear face mask as replacement of my niqaab which I normally wore outside. And as a matter of fact, the Center even provides me spacious prayer room and a place for ablution where I can conveniently perform my salah. Hence, I am forever thankful to them for all the gracious acts they always showed me,” she added.

Indeed, true Muslims who adhere to the correct and authentic teachings of Islam can always live peacefully and joyfully with other faiths wherever they may be, even if they are only minority in that certain place.

Noteworthy to recall that in 2012, the Department of Health in Manila released a memorandum that protects and safeguards Muslim women’s religious right to wear the niqaab even inside the specialized areas within the health facilities – both private and public – across the country. The memorandum was addressed to ALL UNDERSECRETARIES, ASSISTANT SECRETARIES, REGIONAL DIRECTORS OF CENTERS FOR HEATH DEVELOPMENT, CHIEF OF SPECIAL/SPECIAL RETAINED AND RATIONALIZED HOSPITALS AND PRESIDENT/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ATTACHED AGENCIES for their information and guidance.

The memorandum reads: DOH Department Memorandum entitled “Addendum to the DOH Department Memorandum 2009-0107-A: Strengthening the Protection of Religious Rights of Muslim Workers, including but not limited to Students and Trainees in Health Facilities, issued by ROMULO A. BUSUEGO, MD, MHA, DPBS, FPCS, PSGS, Assistant Secretary dated December 12, 2012, DOH protects and safeguards the Muslim woman’s religious right to wear the niqaab even inside the specialized areas within the health facilities.

“In accordance to religious practice and Muslim culture, and as part of the stricter Islamic mode of dressing, Niqab (veil) a cloth covering the face except the eyes is hereby allowed to be worn inside specialized areas which require strict infectious control practices, rules and guidelines provided that, the following are adhered to: 1.) The Niqab must be freshly laundered and has not worn in the streets; 2.) Apart from the Niqab to be used inside specialized areas within the facility, another Niqab must be used for area within the facility but outside the specialized area; 3.) If used inside the operating room, the dangling portion of the Niqab must be tucked at least to the outer garment; 4.) A sterile mask or cap maybe used to cover the Niqab, if deemed necessary.”

“Further, only a female guard or female hospital personnel may verify privately and without the presence of any male, the identity of the female Muslim,” DOH strongly emphasized in the memorandum.

Moreover, sister Shameem Jailani, a registered Medical Technologist, and who just recently graduated from her Medicine course in Our Lady of Fatima University, was being rotated for junior medical internship in many major hospitals across Metro Manila such as Jose Reyes Memorial Medical, Center Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center, Quezon City General Hospital, Tondo Medical Center, Pasay City General Hospital, Quirino Medical Center and San Lazaro Hospital National Center for Mental health.

She elatedly shares her experience in wearing niqaab while studying medicine in Manila. “I’ve never felt more respected, from consultants down to medical staffs of every hospital I’ve rotated in, everyone was very adaptive and respectful with regards to our practices. Although I have had encounters with some private institutions that ask me to wear masks instead of the cloth within the premises, either way I was not placed in a situation where I have to compromise religious practices such as removing my face-cover. I also appreciate that even the value of prayer time was also recognized. And in one institution, while I was assisting a medical surgery, I was told to scrub out not because of anything negative but because it was already maghrib time and it was a very heart-warming experience that they respect us that much including our time of worship,” Shameem said.

She added: “In school, well for identification purposes, which is totally understandable, I allow female proctors to look at my face for examination purposes. Although majority of my professors, those who have known me by my eyes, voice, height, skin tone and gestures as they have said so, no longer inspect me as they are very much sure that it’s me. But again, I have never been placed in a situation where I had to compromise my religion. Not even once. Although, of course, this is not a fairy tale, that it’s a perfect story. The criticisms are very much inevitable as well. The negative comments and impressions were always present, especially, when our identity has been negatively portrayed by some media as terrorists. However, it is our responsibility to educate them with sound knowledge that Islam has taught us. Some, would also associate Niqab as a part of Mindanaoan traditions like that of “Dayang-Dayang of the Tausug”, “Bai of Maguindanaoan,” but Niqab is not a cultural tradition instead it is a part of our identity as a believing Muslim women just as equally the same as Hijab is. And I keep saying that everywhere I go.”

And furthermore, it is also noteworthy to remember that in 2012, Professional Regulation Commission or PRC also allowed Muslimat Niqaabi to take PRC Licensure Examination despite being fully clad in Niqaab by virtue of PRC Memorandum No. 2012-02 Re: Wearing of Veils of Muslim Women Taking Licensure Examination dated January 24, 2012 issued by Commissioner Alfredo Y. Po, OIC PRC, provided that:

1.) At the time of filing of application to take the licensure examination, the Niqaabi Muslim women shall be required to have her photos taken showing the whole face with complete name tag. The photos shall be pasted on the application form, permanent examination and registration record card (PERRC) and Notice of Admission (NOA). A female application processor or issuing officer shall view the face of the applicant.

2.) During the licensure examination, inside the examination room, a female room watcher/proctor shall view the face of the Niqaabi Muslim woman and compare the same with the pictures on the PERRC and NOA to ensure proper identification.

This order is applicable to all Muslimat Niqaabi across Philippines and in all courses that require taking licensure examinations in PRC.

Indeed, as said by Warina Sushil Jukuy, of Hijab Niqaab Advocacy Network: “The right to freedom of religion and the exercise of it is entrenched in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). In the Philippines, Islam, as a comprehensive ad–deen or way of life is also a deeply significant part of the cultural and ethnic identity of the Bangsamoro people. As such the Muslim Filipinos’ freedom of religion is protected as both a cultural right by Article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and as a right of minority groups by Article 27 of the ICCPR which states: In those States in which ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities exist, persons belonging to such minorities shall not be denied the right, in community with the other members of their group, to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practice their own religion, or to use their own language.”

Lastly, it is exhilarated to realize there are still institutions and citizens of this Republic who respect the dignity and inviolable rights of fellow human beings regardless of religious affiliation. Indeed, true Muslims who adhere to the correct and authentic teachings of Islam can always live peacefully and joyfully with other faiths wherever they may be even if they are only minority in that certain place and we are always thankful to Allaah for all of these.

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New ATM cards

Beneficiaries of 4Ps, a government poverty reduction program, queue at the Land Bank office in GSIS Subdivision in Matina, Davao City on November 10, 2018 to activate their new ATM cards. Each household beneficiary receives a monthly health grant of P500 and an education grant of P300 per child every month for ten months. A […]

Talking Federal

Resource persons exchange views and prospects on the proposed shift to a federal form of government and its implications on Mindanao and the transition to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in two-day forum at Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City that …

Mayor Duterte says Davao to continue working for rights of women, children

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 07 Oct.) – The local government will continue advocating for the rights and welfare of women and children through the implementation of the Women Development Code, City Mayor Sara Duterte told women leaders during the 16th General Assembly of the Philippine Federation of Local Councils of Women Inc. at the SMX Convention […]

Cardinal Quevedo retires; Jolo Bishop Lampon is new Archbishop of Cotabato

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 November) – Pope Francis on Tuesday named Bishop Angelito Lampon of the Vicariate of Jolo as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of Cotabato, following the retirement of Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando B. Quevedo. Quevedo and Lampon are both from the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The announcement posted by the Holy See […]

UNYPAD North Cotabato Cluster 2 Chapter set plans for BOL advocacy

By: UNYPAD ComTeam COTABATO CITY/November 06, 2018 – The UNYPAD Cluster 2 Provincial Chapter executive officers of North Cotabato organized a special meeting to present the group accomplishments and plan of activities to be implemented by the different chapters held at Batulawan Pikit, North Cotabato on November 3, 2018. Provincial Vice Chairman for External Affairs…

Inflation in 4 Mindanao regions decreases

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Nov) – Except for Northern Mindanao and Caraga, inflation rates in four Mindanao regions had slowed down in October 2018, a data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Tuesday showed. The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which currently holds the highest inflation among the six Mindanao regions, […]

Future of Bangsamoro

Meranaws and Lumads from Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur gather in Cagayan de Oro City on Tuesday (Nov. 6, 2018) to craft a unified vision for the proposed Bangsamoro region whose fate will be known in a plebiscite scheduled on January 21, 2019. The Province of Sulu has filed a petition questioning the […]

Karlo Nograles replaces Evasco as Cabinet Secretary

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 Nov) — Davao City’s 1st district representative to Congress, Karlo Nograles is the new Secretary to the Cabinet, vice Leoncio Evasco Jr., who resigned last month to run for Governor of Bohol. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo  opened his press briefing in Malacanang Monday by announcing that “former Congressman Karlo Nograles […]