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Calvary for BBL & Peace Negotiators

Calvary for BBL & Peace Negotiators Christianity’s traditional annual “Calvary” is over now. But for the peace workers and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, the long road of Calvary is still continuing. When Philippine chief peace negotiator, Prof. Miriam “Iye” Coronel – Ferrer called me by phone soon after Mamasapano to clarify certain points on […]

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Time for Paradigm Shift?

Time for Paradigm Shift? March 21, 2015 Again, I have some unsolicited thoughts to inflict on everyone. Just thinking aloud on how to move forward. Please consider the following, take it or leave it. But I believe it’s high time now that we consider some paradigm shift by changing the discourse from political to development. […]

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Mamasapano ‘Striptease’ & Catharsis

Mamasapano ‘Striptease’ & Catharsis This kind of “striptease” does not tantalize nor excite. It angers. The way the Mamasapano actual facts had been exposed slowly piece-by-piece is not scintillating at all. If only all those involved immediately bared all and gave full disclosure at the outset, the nation would have been spared this agonizing and […]

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Mamasapano and RioTuba

Mamasapano and RioTuba February 28, 2015 Almost one month has passed since Mamasapano. Up to now, we are wasting precious time and missing opportunities. And we have already squandered precious gains. Yet we are not moving forward. Instead, bitterness, anger, grief, disbelief, divisiveness, hatred, blame, revenge still rule our hearts. And we are witnessing more […]

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WHO’S AFRAID OF  COAL-FIRED  POWER PLANT?

WHO’S AFRAID OF  COAL-FIRED  POWER PLANT? November 29, 2014 Last Thursday from Manila, I  took Tiger Air  ( recently acquired by Cebu Pacific) enroute to Cagayan de Oro to visit the STEAG coal fired plant in Villanueva town inside the PHIVIDEC industrial estate. I thought I was out  of Manila’s bad traffic. I thought wrong! […]

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HONGKONG MEDIA FORUM

HONGKONG MEDIA FORUM Vol. XVIII No. 7 (Nov. 22-28, 2014) INFLIGHT WIFI  — Last Saturday night on my way home from Hongkong, I was worried while airborne at 38,000 feet on board PAL’s PR307 that I would miss my connecting flight from Manila to Davao to catch up with an event I did not want to miss. But PAL’s in-flight […]

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REALITY CHECK ON BANGSAMORO PACT

REALITY CHECK ON BANGSAMORO PACT VOL. XVIII, NO. 6(Nov. 15-21)    Over the past few days, I came across  both   good and bad news about the Bangsamoro peace deal. A reality check of some sort. “Good” because  the government, the MILF and the prospective donor countries and international agencies came together recently in a Philippine […]

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WHY KILL JOURNALISTS

WHY KILL JOURNALISTS November 8, 2014 I woke up 2:30 a.m. early dawn a few days ago while in a hotel in Iligan City and went to the small lobby area where internet wi-fi connection was strongest. Although still sleepy, I had to be on “skype” with AL JAZEERA TV broadcasting live from the Middle East, sitting there […]