Category Archives: Self-Determination

INSIDER MEDIATORS: This is about self determination, not determination by others

(Statement of the Insider Mediators, read at the press conference of civil society organizations at the Dapitan Room of EDSA Shangrila Hotel on 17 July 2018. Insider Mediators is a platform for the Bangsamoro from various sectors who try to work within their respective organizations to achieve a wider consensus on major Moro issues such […]

KISSA AND DAWAT: (Dis)parity of esteem in our midst

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) — Quite fortunate to be part of a weekend planning of insider mediators looking into and cracking their heads scrutinizing the Senate and House versions, what will potentially come out of the bicameral committee (Bicam) and what the final version will be. Importantly, they can help assess its potential […]

OUR MARAWI: Nakakita ka na ba ng bakas na inadobo?

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 13 April) — Nakakita ka na ba ng bakas na inadobo? Yong isdang inihaw na nakatuhog na binibenta sa daan na kadalasan ating tinatahak pag umuuwi tayo sa Marawi? Sikat yong isda na yan sa Balo-i, Wato, Malabang. Simple lang, masarap. Inihaw na yan, luto na yan at pwde ka nang […]

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‘Indigenous peoples must assert right to self-determination’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 12 January) – Indigenous peoples must understand and assert their right to self-determination, tribal leaders in Bukidnon told the Bukidnon 2018: Public Outlook Series initiative. Datu Amay Iwag E. Linsahay, a Talaandig chieftain in Manolo Fortich town, defined the right to self-determination as freedom from conquest and submission to beliefs, knowledge, […]

KISSA AND DAWAT: How long before we’re out of the quagmire?

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 25 Nov) — The Autonomous Regional Government, commonly referred to as ARMM,  celebrated its 28th anniversary this month. First, let us extend to the leadership headed by Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman and his team our gratefulness for all their efforts in improving the lot of the ARMM residents. Leadership is not […]

OUR MARAWI: “Enemies of the State”

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 07 August) — [Note: Upon his assumption to the caliphate after the demise of the Holy Prophet of Islam (saw), Hazrat Abubakr as-Siddiq (ra) told the Muslim throng in Madina that attended his investiture: “Correct me when I am wrong and support me when I am right.”] This has […]

FEDERAL TALK: Preconditions, Process, and Timeframe towards the Future Republic of the Philippines

(Delivered at the Kusog Mindanaw Conference 2016 on 29 November 2016 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel by Lito Lorenzana, Centrist Democratic Party) Federalism is a subject matter that has occupied its Philippine advocates over the last three or four decades but has only gained traction through the candidate Duterte. A lot of us are somewhat […]

COMMENTARY: We are still behind you, Mr. President. So please don’t fail us!

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/01 December) — We kept our silence in the ongoing fighting in Butig. We may share same sentiments and ideology with the group fighting there, but we differ in methodoloy and approach. To call us sympathizers and doing propaganda for them is hilarious. Our interest is the general welfare of the Bangsamoro, in […]