Category Archives: justice

MARGINALIA: An Islamic anthropological reflection on social justice

(Transcript of the presentation of the reflection paper “He Whose Crime was Justice: An Islamic Anthropological Reflection” at 39th Philippine Anthropological Association Annual Conference with the theme “The Struggle for Rights: Anthropological Reflections on What is and What Ought to be,” November 9-11, 2017, Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.) Salutations BISMILLĀHIR RAHMĀNIR RAHĪM […]

No apology

Students of the Ateneo de Davao University stage a protest action Wednesday, its second this week, in the run-up to what they vow to be a bigger mobilization at the Freedom Park here Friday on the   “National Day of Rage and Unity” against the Marcos burial at the Heroes’ Cemetery. MindaNews photo by GG Bueno […]


Ruschiel Faye Marie Morales, 15 year old daughter of one of the victims of the 2009 Ampatuan Massacre sings her composition, calling for “Hustisya, Hustisya” on the 7th anniversary rites at the massacre site on Sunday, November 20, 2016. MindaNews photo by Carolyn O. Arguillas READ MORE

“This is no longer an Ampatuan Massacre. This is Judicial Massacre”

MASSACRE SITE, Ampatuan, Maguindanao (MindaNews/21 November) – Barely two weeks after the world’s strongest storm hit the Visayas and portions of Luzon in November 2013,  the priest who officiated the mass here to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre prayed “no political or judicial Yolanda” would happen in the administration of justice otherwise […]

KOMENTARYO: Lubhàng nasàsaktan sa pasyà ng Kàtaastaásang Hukúman

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Nov) — Nagtampo ako noon sa bayan at pilit na kinalimutan dahil sa tindi ng sakit na sa puso ko’y naramdaman. Pamahalaan at pamayanan, pakilasa ko’y walang nais lumaban, para sa isinisigaw na kalayaan at katarungan. Kaya ang munti kong tahanan, aming iniwanan, tumawid ng karagatan, sa ibang bansa’y nanirahan. […]

Protests, too, in Davao, de Oro vs SC’s 9-5-1 ruling on Marcos burial

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 November) – Dabawenyos and Kagay-anons outraged by the Supreme Court’s 9-5-1 ruling on Tuesday allowing the burial of  the remains of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB)  took to the streets to express their outrage, as did thousands of  similarly outraged Filipinos at the University […]

SC votes 9-5 to allow Marcos burial at LNMB; says he was “not all good, not pure evil either”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 November) –  The Supreme Court on Tuesday voted 9-5 with one abstention, to dismiss the petitions opposing the Duterte administration’s decision to give  the late dictator, Ferdinand E. Marcos, a hero’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB). “While he was not all good, he was not pure evil […]

COMMENTARY: Supreme Court on the Marcos Role, 1989

NAGA CITY (MindaNews/06 November) — FLASHBACK to 27 years ago.  Marcos vs. Manglapus, G.R. No. 88211, September 15, 1989, 177 SCRA 668.  It is the Philippine Supreme Court (SC) Decision that law students are taught and recite on regarding “residual unstated powers” of the President.  On this basis, the SC En Banc upheld President Corazon […]

Zambo mayor supports Duterte’s peace efforts but Nur “has to be accountable”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 November) –  The city government of Zamboanga has expressed “strong support to the bold and fresh initiatives” of President Rodrigo Duterte to win peace but maintains that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari “has to be accountable for his alleged crimes.” In a statement, Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle Climaco […]

Justice delayed…

Justice delayed is justice denied for 58 victims of the Nov. 2009 Ampatuan Massacre, 32 of them from the media. Never forget, says Editha Tiamzon (center with eyeglasses), widow of UNTV cameraman Daniel Tiamzon during the silent protest at the Manila South Cemetery in Makati City on Nov. 1, 2016. Photo by NUJP     […]

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Soul Searching and Peaceweaving in the (r)age of Duterte (Part 1)

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 October) — The following is an expanded version of my presentation to the Mindanao Peaceweavers network meeting last October 15, 2016. We are currently living in a state of fear, when it comes to discussing issues of human rights, peace, and the war on drugs. Why do I say this? Because whenever […]

Konsyensya Dabaw lauds Duterte’s stand on SC rule on Marcos burial but..

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 October) – A Davao City-based group opposing the burial of the remains of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes’ Cemetery lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s assurance he would respect whatever decision the Supreme Court (SC) might hand down this week on the petitions concerning Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani […]

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Re-thinking the War on Drugs on the International Day of Peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 Sept) — “Since wars begin in the minds of men (and women), it is in the minds of men (and women) that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”  So states the constitution of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Culture Organization, (UNESCO) which provides the rationale for the UN’s program on […]

Quevedo, Murad: extremism should not be identified with religion itself

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 September) — Extremism should not be identified with religion itself, Mindanao’s lone Cardinal and the chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said in the panel discussion “Terrorism Denies God” during the “Thirst for Peace: Religions and Cultures in Dialogue” conference in Assisi, Italy last week. “Pope Francis has […]


Dabawenyos call for justice for Friday night’s blast and “all the victims of Davao City bombings”  during the memorial mass Saturday, 3 September 2016 at Ground Zero along Roxas Avenue in Davao City. MindaNews photo by Antonio L. Colina IV          READ STORY