Category Archives: Pakighinabi Manila Times

More guns to kill more IPs

Fundamentally, the indigenous peoples (IPs) want to be left alone. They want to work their lands according to their customs and traditions, see to the education and welfare of their children, and be happy within the national fold of Filipino … Continue reading

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The BLBAR is Unconstitutional: Pass the BBL

The 1987 Constitution mandates the passage of an organic act for Muslim Mindanao providing it genuine autonomy within 18 months of the first Congress (Sec. 19, Art. X). Now in the 16th Congress, 27 years after the passage of the … Continue reading

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Catholic Education and the Poor

The Annual Convention of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) is probably the most impressive of educators’ conferences in the Philippines, and arguably among the most impressive in the world. This year’s 3,357 delegates representing some 1,400 Catholic … Continue reading

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Environmental Examination of Conscience

Pope Francis’ visit to the United States was profoundly moving. His address to the Joint Session of the US Congress could have earned hateful jeers for him from rowdy conservatives who dislike Pope Francis’ unabashed advocacy for the poor, the … Continue reading

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Pressing Peace Legislation

The peace negotiations between the Moro Islamic Liberation Force (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) emerged out of a situation of war. It had become clear: the military solution was a non-solution. Some 120,000 Filipinos were killed killing … Continue reading

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The legislators want peace?

The legislators don’t seem to want to call it the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) anymore. Both in the House (HB 5811) and the Senate (SB 2894), they are now calling it the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR). … Continue reading

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Religious Inclusiveness

Last August 25-29, as tempers in Manila flared because thousands of members of the Iglesia ni Cristo disrupted traffic on EDSA to protest alleged violations of the separation of church and state, student and faculty sections of the Association of … Continue reading

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Mismatch: higher education and leadership

The higher education leaders convened last week by Philippine Business for Education (PBED) recommend that a national development plan aimed at the mid-21st century be formulated to help guide educational policy. In fact a national development plan reflective of a … Continue reading

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