Category Archives: Socio-Political

Martial Law 9/23/72: METROCOM, Big Brother & Me

What happened on Sept 21, 1972? Nothing of much importance. Just like any other day in the Philippines. I was in high school then. On that day, I went to school, as usual. What happened on Sept 22, 1972? Nothing of much importance. Just like any other day in the Philippines. I went to school,… Read More Martial Law 9/23/72: METROCOM, Big Brother & Me

Mranao royal house: the Torogan

Here is a newspaper article I wrote on the Torogan, the Mranao royal house. I had posted this before in my websites and in my blogs. I stopped maintaining my websites while some of my blogs just vanished for whatever reasons. This is a snapshot of my lost blog with its Torogan post: Now, it’s… Read More Mranao royal house: the Torogan

Eid al Adha must be timed locally as it is separate from the Hajj

For several years now, there has been a move to have a Universal Hijri Calendar — one calendar to serve for the whole Ummah. Saudi Arabia wants to be the one to fix the dates of the Universal Calendar. But Turkey, the former Ottoman Empire, also wants to be the center of this calendar. The… Read More Eid al Adha must be timed locally as it is separate from the Hajj

Muslim-Christian marriages: Are they valid?

The correct (long) title is:  Are Muslim-Christian marriages among previously married and still un-divorced individuals valid? This is another of my posts that got lost with my blog Reflections on the Bangsa Moro and recently recovered by me, thanks to humans or internet bots who/that saved my blogposts. Although the post is more than a… Read More Muslim-Christian marriages: Are they valid?

The Life and Times of the Super Terrorist

While browsing through my blogs, I realized that I don’t have this article among my blogs. This must have been posted in my lost blogs and I had not re-uploaded it. There is however, a shorter version of this, which was published in the  Philippine Journalism Reports (PJR), posted somewhere in this blog. While this is not… Read More The Life and Times of the Super Terrorist

Fierce Urgency of Then & Now

I wrote this piece – The Fierce Urgency of NOW – on Feb. 21, 2008.  Yet ten years later, while a lot of things changed, a lot remained the same. In fact, things have gotten worse, both in the US and in the Philippines. For a while, the people of the US and the Philippines… Read More Fierce Urgency of Then & Now

Knowledge Society – Are we becoming one?

I found some blogposts from my long-lost blog, Reflections on the Bangsa Moro, which dealt with Knowledge Society. This goes well with my post in this blog — Knowledge Society – Senate hearings and Philippine Energy sector.  I thought it would be appropriate to re-blog my old posts. I wrote these pieces from 2003-2007. I taught at… Read More Knowledge Society – Are we becoming one?

Look-Back: ZTE-NBN & The Fall of JDV

My two “LOOK-BACK” posts on the Jun Lozada – ZTE-NBN scandal is not complete without a background. This is from an Inquirer report: “On April 21, 2007, the government signed with China’s ZTE Corp. the $329-million National Broadband Network (NBN) deal, which called for the installation of a telecommunications network linking government offices throughout the… Read More Look-Back: ZTE-NBN & The Fall of JDV

Jun Lozada — ZTE-NBN scandal, Part 2

CONTINUATION: February 17, 2008 JUN LOZADA battles ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN on TV | # | Current events, Socio-Political — jamalashley @ 4:18 pm   The “flavor of the month” Jun Lozada battled all the President’s men for about 3 hours on Prime Time TV last night. The country’s leading TV / radio network ABS-CBN held a Special Coverage titled “HARAPAN”… Read More Jun Lozada — ZTE-NBN scandal, Part 2

Jun Lozada and the ZTE-NBN scandal

When blogsome.com 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

Media Coverage of the Rape of Marawi

It’s been one year since the start of the Rape of Marawi, referred to by the Media as the Marawi “Siege” and later, the Battle of Marawi. I have refrained from writing about Marawi because it is very hard for me to accept that it was happening / it really happened. It’s really a miracle,… Read More Media Coverage of the Rape of Marawi

Independence Day…for the Bangsa Moro?

 Through the Years   America is back in Mindanao – right smack in the middle of a war against a Mranao family, the Mautes and the full force of the Philippine Armed forces. Ostensibly, the Americans are providing intelligence and surveillance planes. The Philippine government used all its might to bomb Marawi City to kingdom… Read More Independence Day…for the Bangsa Moro?

Teach Not the Bangsa Moro history, yet

Last year, there was a lot of hullabaloo about the proposal that Bangsa Moro history be taught to Filipino high school students. The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Department of Education spearheaded the proposal. There was applause everywhere, including among the Moros. Some Moros were happy and even… Read More Teach Not the Bangsa Moro history, yet

The Lords of the Lake

In 1639, the Spanish conquistadors together with their Indio (now called Filipino) subjects, attacked the Maguindanao sultanate and gave their all to stop once-and-for-all the great Sultan Muhammad Dipatuan Qudarat. Qudarat gave another mighty defense but due to the strong Spanish-Indio forces, he made a strategic retreat to his in-laws and cousins, the Iranuns and… Read More The Lords of the Lake

Intellectual Defender of the Bangsa Moro Cause

During the debate on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), I was terribly irritated when I heard Senator Bongbong Marcos, Senator Alan Cayetano and all other anti-Muslim, anti-BBL politicians run roughshod over Moros trying to defend the BBL. For all the numerous Moro governors, congressmen, mayors, lawyers, government officials, rebel leaders, leader wannabes, rich and educated… Read More Intellectual Defender of the Bangsa Moro Cause

Filipino Crab Mentality – The Institutionalization of Mediocracy

My blog Reflections on the Bangsa Moro was lost in 2011 when the bloghost BLOGSOME.COM folded. I never thought blogsome would close down. It seemed like a small but solid enterprise in Ireland. They must have sent warnings to its clients but I must have been too busy then doing other things so I wasn’t able […]

Mranaos and their ” Maratabat “

It is quite unfortunate that the bloghost BLOGSOME.COM closed shop a couple of years ago and my blog for so many years – Reflections on the Bangsa Moro – got lost forever. Fortunately, while surfing the web, I saw one of my popular posts in that blog archived here. Thank God, somebody had the foresight […]

What is PeNoy’s quid for Najib’s quo?

When Filipinos commit murder in foreign countries, the Philippine government go on bended knees asking foreign countries to spare the lives of these Filipinos. When the Sultan’s relatives went to Sabah, which was the home of the Tausugs for centuries, they were immediately threatened and humiliated by the Philippine President. (The Sultan’s and Rajah Muda’s […]

Why is PeNoy subservient to Malaysia?

 When Filipinos commit murder in foreign countries, the Philippine government go on bended knees asking foreign countries to spare the lives of these Filipinos. When the Sultan’s relatives went to Sabah, which was the home of the Tausugs for centuries, they were immediately threatened and humiliated by the Philippine President. (The Sultan’s and Rajah Muda’s father […]

When will the Sabah Standoff end?

  On March 1, 2013, Friday 2 pm, the Malaysian and Philippine governments announced that the Lahad Datu Standoff had ended with the surrender of 10 men of the ragtag “Royal Sulu Forces”. Two days later, the Rajah Muda (Crown Prince) and his 200 or so men are still in Lahad Datu while the Philippine President […]

Sabah Fighting Begins

from ALLVOICES.COM Firefight at Lahad Datu begins by Jamal Ashley Firefight broke out between the Malaysian forces and the forces of Datu Agbimuddin Kiram, the Rajah Muda (Crown Prince) of the Sultanate of Sulu in Southern Philippines around 10:00 am Friday, according to media interviews with the Rajah Muda in Lahad Datu and the Sultan […]

Marcos “legalized” Philippine claim to Sabah

Below is a 1968 report from New York Times about the new Philippine law declaring Sabah as part of the Philippines. Has that law been repealed?   Manila Asserts Rights to Sabah New Law Declares State is Part of Philippines Special to The New York Times MANILA, Sept 18 – President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed […]

Who Owns Sabah?

 Senators fear Sabah standoff may affect peace talks The Sabah standoff: Revolt left out sultanate’s heirsThe Philippine, and I suppose the Malaysian, media are abuzz with what’s going on in Lahad Datu, Sabah. I have just  been interviewed by the anchorperson of the radio station DWBL. I was asked about the Sabah issue.Perhaps it […]

El Presidente (2012): giving Aguinaldo a break.

Two days ago, 29 December, Carmen Pedrosa wrote in her column in the Philippine Star: I have to see the film “El Presidente” to know if it does justice to Emilio Aguinaldo, a neglected hero. He offers many lessons to our present leaders. His role in the making of our nation has not been given its rightful place. […]