Category Archives: SONA

ICT Davao welcomes move to allow another major telco in PH

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 July) – The entry of a third major telecommunications company will compel existing players to improve their services, Samuel Matunog, president of Information Communications Technology (ICT) Davao said on Tuesday. Matunog was reacting to the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte in his 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday on […]

ICT Davao welcomes move to allow another major telco in PH

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 July) – The entry of a third major telecommunications company will compel existing players to improve their services, Samuel Matunog, president of Information Communications Technology (ICT) Davao said on Tuesday. Matunog was reacting to the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte in his 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday on […]

House coup: ‘No-El’ proposal was the last straw, says Rep. Atienza

Davao del Norte 1st district Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez’ insistence to cancel the midterm elections next year was among the reasons for his ouster as House Speaker on Monday, shortly before President Rodrigo would deliver his third State of the Nation Address, Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza said. Majority of her colleagues voted former president and now […]

House coup: ‘No-El’ proposal was the last straw, says Rep. Atienza

Davao del Norte 1st district Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez’ insistence to cancel the midterm elections next year was among the reasons for his ouster as House Speaker on Monday, shortly before President Rodrigo would deliver his third State of the Nation Address, Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza said. Majority of her colleagues voted former president and now […]

TURNING POINT: Controversial, Popular, and Right

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 26 July) – Keenly aware that he was terribly boring reading his equally boring speech, the President would intermittently abandon his script and rambled back and forth in the dialect on popular or controversial issues like his drug war, corruption, irresponsible mining and the damaged environment, climate change, terrorism, the […]

COMMENT: Notes from SONA 2016

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – With his first State of the Nation Address last July 25, President Rodrigo R. Duterte broke protocol, precedents and tradition. As he entered the Batasang Pambansa (National Assembly) session hall – his barong Tagalog sleeves rolled up and hands in his side pockets flanked and followed by […]

300 NGOs ask int’l bodies to condemn killings of drug suspects

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/02 August) – A New York-based human rights group and over 300 other nongovernment organizations have urged the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to condemn the “alarming surge in killings of suspected drug users or dealers in the Philippines”. In a statement Tuesday, Human […]

Duterte gives NDF up to 5 p.m. July 30 to reciprocate ceasefire or else..

ASUNCION, Davao del Norte (MindaNews / 29 July) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday gave the National Democratic Front (NDF) 24 hours or up to 5 p..m. on July 30 to declare a ceasefire, too, or he will lift the unilateral ceasefire he declared during his 1st State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday. […]

Pagdaro sa Kalinaw: The Dark Knight Rises – Batman Duterte and Robin “Bato” Probinsyano Save The Day (A reflection on the 2016 SONA)

[A previous version of this article first appeared as “Bayanihan Justice (Part 2): Bangon! Killing kids (and adults) in Davao didn’t stop crime” in Jeremy Simons Pagdaro sa Kalinaw blog at https://plowingpeacesowingjustice.blogspot.com] In president Duterte’s state of the nation address (SONA) on Monday, he painted a picture of the resilient Filipino, facing the darkness of […]

NDFP welcomes unilateral ceasefire

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 July) – The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has welcomed the declaration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte for a unilateral ceasefire with the communist group and vowed to carefully study and make an appropriate response. NDFP spokesperson Luis Jalandoni, in a statement posted on ndfp.org Monday evening, said that they […]

War on drugs highlights Duterte’s first SONA

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 July) — The campaign against illegal drugs ate up a substantial portion of President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address on Monday. Duterte, whose speech lasted 93 minutes and resorted to ad libs several times, echoed the promise he made during his inauguration that “the fight against criminality and illegal […]

PEACETALK: Dear President Duterte

MANILA (MindaNews/24 July) — On July 18, 3,000 Mindanao Lumad, farmers, Moro, workers and activists embarked on a Manilakbayan (caravan) to take part in President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25. This is the first time that a significant contingent from Mindanao will be taking part in the SONA […]