Alamon: The donor's disease

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:15 p.m.

THERE are a lot of well-meaning individuals, usually coming from the middle class and the elite, who go out of their way to try and uplift the lives of the poor and marginalized. Let us not question their motives and goodness of heart for they are still an exception to the apathy that mires the general public. But let me call their attention to their selectiveness in choosing who and how to help.

Luczon: Lawyers and society

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 01:05 a.m.

DURING the visit and open dialogue of Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal at the Archbishop’s Palace in Cagayan de Oro last week, he recounted how he had “problems” with lawyers when it comes to interpreting the provisions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

History speaks

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 01:01 a.m.

THE Bangsamoro plight is our nation’s plight. In fact, the Bangsamoro history is undeniably our country’s history.

Pope Francis and Teresa of Avila: They way of togetherness (Part 2)

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 01:00 a.m.

WE cannot follow this path alone, but only together. For the saintly reformer the way of prayer goes along the way of fraternity in the womb of our Mother the Church.

Alamon: The Iligan Declaration

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:54 p.m.

WITH funding assistance from DSWD, MSU-IIT and locally-sourced donations, the Department of Extension of MSU-IIT staged the 2015 National Summit for the Bajau successfully last March 24-25, 2015 at the MSU-IIT campus in Iligan City.

Vugt: Pope Francis and Teresa of Avila

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:26 p.m.

ON THE 5th centennial celebration of Teresa of Avila, Pope Francis wrote a letter to the bishop of Avila, Msgr. Burillo, about the significance of the life of Teresa of Avila.

Jonayon-Arjona: A humbling experience

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:26 p.m.

"WE ARE assigning the brightest and the smartest in the field," exclaimed Pharaoh. "You need to affirm and sign to seal the commitment or otherwise nothing moves accordingly," he acclaimed. "Time is on your side to discuss things over considering that you are all mature and professional to take all the responsibilities of taking such a position, a school head, the principal. Discuss and agree with each other, and whatever that is, I do humbly respect," cried Pharaoh.

Luczon: Freshwater as a luxury

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:26 p.m.

MORE than 15 to 20 years ago (or even longer than that), we were forewarned by experts about the looming changes in the climate due to the consistent modern lifestyle and use of modern industry that has been affecting the natural state of the earth.

Alamon: Graduations and time

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:16 p.m.

IT IS the time once again of ends and new beginnings as another batch of students move on to higher studies. In this country of ours still obsessed with the diploma, Filipinos mark this period as a special time to account for their families' success after the long years of loans and sacrifices just to see a member through schooling.

Luczon: Binay as next president? Eh, di wow!

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:09 a.m.

TO BE fair, as what the Constitution guaranteed its citizens, everyone has the right to lead the country as long as he or she meets the basic qualifications. Therefore, Vice President Jejomar Binay has a right to run for president as he so pleases.

Vugt: The Way of the Cross – a way of life

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 08:21 p.m.

THE Way of the Cross is a very old devotion practiced by many Catholics especially during the time of Lent.

Alamon: The sea is life

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 01:48 a.m.

ON MARCH 24-25, 2015, government, the academe, civil society and Bajau representatives from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will gather at the MSU-IIT campus in Iligan City for the 2015 National Summit for the Bajau.

Sponsored by the Department of Extension of IIT in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the activity aims to gather various sectoral groups involved in responding to the urgent national problem resulting from the massive displacement of the Bajaus from the seas to the streets.

CdeO – a city of cemeteries

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 09:27 a.m.

SOMEBODY whom I do not know personally sent me an email saying: ‘CDO is a city of cemeteries – a case of no good in city planning.’ That person got information about a plan, that an investor wants to develop a world class cemetery known to be “forest lake” in Barangay Macasandig near Arrow Ville Subdivision. According to that person, the people living in that subdivision have already expressed their stand that they don’t want to have dead people as their neighbors. They say: there are already existing cemeteries in the city that are more than enough to accommodate the burial statistics of the city. They mention the cemetery in Lumbia near the old airport, a couple or more cemeteries in Bulua, namely The Good Shepherd, Divine Shepherd, Golden Haven etc. They mention also a Camaman-an cemetery called Bolonsiri.

Luczon: From Mamasapano to Balit (Part 2)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 09:19 p.m.

THE start of 2015 brought joy and sorrow for the general public: first came Pope Francis, whom the majority of Catholic faithful considered as the bringer of bright light in the country; but two weeks more or less later, it was shrouded again with darkness especially in Mindanao.

Alamon: A eulogy

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:38 p.m.

OH WHAT glorious honor must it be to bask in the reflected light of someone called "The President." And from the sheen and gloss of the term, a whole economy of words has been committed on paper to insist that we too should revere, genuflect, and praise the misunderstood. Manuel L. Quezon, Jr.'s cleverly-titled "The Mourning After," is a passionate treatise on how we should understand his boss, the now much-loathed President Benigno S. Aquino Jr.

Luczon: From Mamasapano to Balit (Part 1)

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 08:45 p.m.

LET us go direct to the point: the common denominator of what is happening now on both sides of Mindanao is the Philippine government’s armed forces’ involvement on issues revolving the ethnic people of this island: the Moro and the Lumad (indigenous people).

Latip-Yusoph: Prevailing truth

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 08:43 p.m.

TRUTH behind the Oplan Exodus is now unveiling itself. The mission that eventually led to the January 25 Mamasapano clash became part of this country’s history and has become the plaguing reality after the PNP board of inquiry’s (BOI) report was given to the public.

Vugt: The woman in the Church (Part 2)

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 06:54 p.m.

I WISH to discuss some more issues related to this topic. But first of all, I want to say that I read in the Inquirer the other day that Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle was in England and he had there an interview with ABS-CBN.

The greening of Iponan river

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 07:40 p.m.

IPONAN river has been a butt of jokes for quite some time: if Bohol has chocolate hills, Cagayan de Oro has chocolate river. But that is not true anymore.

Alamon: The brave women of Balit

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 11:48 p.m.

JUST last week, as we celebrated International Women's Day, we witnessed the collective power of women transcend their socially- sanctioned roles as mothers of their own respective families to become nurturers and protectors of the voiceless and oppressed in society.

Vugt: Lent: A time to fast and empathize on the suffering of others

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 10:23 p.m.

THIS year, our country was hit by the Mampasapano massacre in Mindanao. More or less in the same time, France witnessed the terroristic attack in Paris and Nigeria was hit by another terroristic massacre. Hundreds of innocent people have been killed. Some of these massacres didn’t get an adequate reporting in the international press. Why? All people should feel concerned. We are all in the same boat.

Libot: Our dark history

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 09:03 p.m.

THERE is very little understanding about the plight of Mindanao.

Alamon: One of our own

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 10:08 p.m.

AND so it has come to pass that Kristel Tejada was not to be the last sacrificial offering of our youth to the altar of an inaccessible and broken system of public tertiary education. We utter the name of Rosanna San Fuego now, this time from Cagayan State University who hanged herself in her home last February 25, 2015 after being shamed for not having paid school fees on time and not having lab equipment with her for class.

Ravanera: All rhetorics, no action

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 10:07 p.m.

“IT’S our duty to save Earth,” headlined in the Philippine Inquirer a week or so ago as it quoted President Francois Hollande of France during his recent to Manila. President Hollande said that all the people have benefitted from the world’s resources, gaining wealth and prosperity, so it is their duty to save the planet. Everyone is singing that tune now of saving the Earth but still it is business as usual.

Latip-Yusoph: A space for Moro stories

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 05:43 p.m.

AFTER watching the interview of Boy Abunda with Rep. Sittie Hataman in his recent show on TV, a Muslim Filipino like me felt so proud of what the show has achieved.

Luczon: Breeding grounds

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 05:43 p.m.

“Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason.” – Mark Twain

Vugt: The woman in the Church

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 08:27 p.m.

UNTIL recently the woman has always been a nobody in the Church, except may be for the women religious. Even in the Old Testament, I believe, the woman was a second-rate human being.

Libot: Engaging the trolls

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 02:36 p.m.

IT’S tough to live in the age of unprecedented information, the access may have largely benefited the many, but the channels of discourse have also opened up for a few eggheads. And while I claim no sole expertise in this area, I reckon many of us, have in one way or another encountered our share of trolls online.

Trolls, Wikipedia defines them as “In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussions.” For those unknowing, Wikipedia is the source nowadays, so don’t blame me, I had to get some definition on this.

Alamon: The Myth of the Filipino Nation

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:04 p.m.

THERE is a developing public discourse that fuels all this talk of all-out-war and it is clothed in the language of nationalism. They insist that we are one nation, unified by a singular flag, and adhering to the same laws. With nary any nuance, they regard the BBL as a violation of these principles and call for its outright rejection.

Vugt: People power – faith is political

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:09 p.m.

MARCOS was after his 18 years of dictatorial rule over the Filipino people finally ousted through people power. Hundreds of ordinary citizens and many religious Sisters, encouraged by Cardinal Sin went to Edsa and finally forced the dictator out of the country.