Zambo health official denies prostitution in evacuation centers

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 April) – A health official here has denied reports of prostitution and brothel operations inside an evacuation center, particularly at the Mayor Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Complex. Dr.… »

QUN FAYA QUN: Stories and Realities

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 April) — For almost more than four decades, we were made to believe that there was such thing as a Bangsa Moro nation – a nation of… »

COMMENT: Impact Overrated (2)

II. Personal Testimony GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 14, 2014 – In the first part of this article, we cited some data from a paper at the University of the Philippines,… »

City gov’t relocates Zambo ‘bakwits’ staying in Cawa-Cawa Boulevard

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 April) – The city government has transferred at least 32 families displaced by the September 2013 siege from R.T. Lim or Cawa-Cawa Boulevard to two elementary public… »

MILF defection not true – Jaafar

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – Political affairs chief Ghadzali Jaafar of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) denied reports that four of their commanders, including 4,000 of their men,… »

Fake ‘bakwits’ uncovered in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/10 April) – The local government has discovered 400 families pretending to be internally displaced persons (IDPs), or evacuees, staying along the shore of R.T. Lim Boulevard known… »

QUN FAYA QUN: Is it really a declaration of unity?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 March) — On March 18, 2014, in commemoration of the 1968 Jabidah Massacre, members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who claim to be “the pioneer… »

Solon sees ‘vibrant’ interfaith dialogue under Archbishop Dela Cruz

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 March) – Zamboanga City Second District Rep. Lilia Nuño has vowed to work closely with Kidapawan Bishop Romulo Dela Cruz in promoting more interfaith dialogues as she… »

Jabidah Massacre

Moro women join a protest rally at Tantawan Park in Cotabato City Tuesday (18 March 2014) to commemorate the 46th year of the Jabidah Massacre. The incident, which supposedly took place… »

After 17 years, GPH, MILF sign peace pact this month

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) —  The  Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  will celebrate two significant events in the history of the Bangsamoro this month: the signing… »

SIDEBAR: March in the history of the Bangsamoro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) — Will the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) this month and the submission of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law by March 31… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Who’s Minding the Defenses of Peace?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) — “Since wars begin in the minds of men,” states the charter of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), “it is… »

Nat’l gov’t releases P2.6B to NHA to build shelters for Zambo siege ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 26 Feb) – Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has announced that the national government has already released P2.566 billion to the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the… »

Military to file protest before ceasefire body vs 2 MILF commanders

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/21 February) — The military is set to file protest today before the Government of the Philippines- Moro Islamic Liberation Front Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Emerging, Reconciling

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 February)–In a sense, pushing the Bangsamoro deal through is like coaxing two uneasy and not entirely friendly parties to submit to a shotgun wedding. Not… »

Mind da News: Bridging the GAP

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 14, 2014 – Luwaran is the official publication of the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) Central Committee. This was the brainchild of Mohagher Iqbal, MILF Vice… »

266 MNLF detainees in Zambo transfered to Bicutan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/28 December) – Two hundred sixty-six members of the  Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who were either captured or who surrendered during the standoff with government forces in… »

‘Peace building is Nation building’

Message from Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process December 27, 2013 “Peace on earth, good will to all” is the call of the Christmas season, simple… »

DSWD shifts to cash-for-work program for Zambo evacuees

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 December) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has shifted to cash-for-work program for the evacuees of the Zambo standoff to earn and stop from… »

Zambo siege victims to receive cash aid from ICRC, PRC

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 December) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), has come up with a cash assistance… »

Zamboanga City lifts curfew

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 2 December) – The Crisis Management Committee (CMC) has unanimously approved a resolution lifting the implementation of curfew hours in this city effective today. The curfew… »

Authorities nab alleged Misuari henchman in CDO

ALBUERA, Leyte (MindaNews/26 November)—A joint Philippine Army and Philippine National Police team arrested Daniel Javier, an alleged henchman of Moro National Liberation Front founding chair Nur Misuari, in Cagayan de… »

‘Zambo Memorial Day to bring closure to siege’—Climaco

ZAMBOANGA CITY(MindaNews/25 November)—A memorial day is set on December 2 to “bring a closure” to the Zamboanga City siege, Mayor Maria Isabelle ‘Beng’ Climaco-Salazar said. “This day is for those… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Yolanda stole the show from Zamboanga ‘Hermosa’

ZAMBOANGA CITY  (MindaNews / 17 Nov) — I had that eerie,  weird feeling scanning the destroyed houses as we “toured” the other day  the so-called “ground zero” where Ustadz Habier… »

COMMENT: Curious! Just Curious (4)

IV. State of Moro Problem: Enigmatic GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 October)– Unacceptable demands and the policy of crime and punishment precluded negotiation; military action prevailed and wrecked havoc. This is… »

Long road ahead for Zambo’s battered economy

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews) — A mantle of insecurity still cloaks the business community here as it continues to grapple with the impact of the recent urban warfare that did not
only… »

Zambo health office taps NGO to help prevent spread of STDs in evacuation center

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 October) – The City Health Office has tapped the assistance of a non-government organization (NGO) to help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) at the… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Do you believe in Rody Duterte?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 October) –  It’s been a long while since I last listened to Mayor Rody Duterte deliver a speech. Until last Friday when I was invited by Businessman… »

COMMENT: Curious! Just Curious (3)

III. Standoff Could Have Been Avoided GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 20, 2013 – On top of the economic cost of the three-week Zamboanga City “20-day war” in terms of property… »

Zambo government hospital reopens

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/8 October) – The government-run Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) has resumed operations Tuesday to serve the public after it was closed for almost a month due to… »

COMMENT: Curious! Just Curious (1)

I. AFP’s Recapitulation   GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 7, 2013 – “The Zamboanga City crisis is officially over”, declared Malacañang last September 28, “Not over yet; clearing operations are still… »

Aftermath: Rio Hondo

A section of Rio Hondo that has been among the conflict areas in the September 9-28 standoff between Philippine troops and the Moro National Liberation Front combatants seeks rehabilitation–a post-conflict… »

Marines hoist PH flag in Malik homebase in Sulu

TALIPAO, Sulu (MindaNews/ 02 October)—The Philippine Marines based in this town early Wednesday hoisted the Philippine flag at the residence of Ustadz Habier Malik in Tuyang village. “This [Talipao town]… »

Koronadal launches relief drive for Zambo ‘bakwits’

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/02 October) — The city government here has launched a relief campaign for residents of Zamboanga City who were displaced by the standoff between government forces and members… »

Ipil lights candles, prays for peace in Zambo

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay(MindaNews/02 October)—People from all walks of life gathered here Tuesday evening to light candles and pray for peace in Zamboanga City and the rest of the Zamboanga Peninsula.… »

Shattered homes, shattered dreams

Before the standoff between government forces and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) under founding chair Nur Misuari began on September 9, the adjacent blocks of Lustre Street and Martha… »

Candles for Peace

Parishioners light candles in front of the San Pedro Cathedral in Davao City on Tuesday, October 1 as they join other faithfuls in praying for peace in Mindanao. This activity… »

COMMENT: Best Option? Preemption!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 1, 2013 – Three reports offer significant facts and insights to peace watchers and decision-makers in relation to the Zamboanga City “war”  or “crisis” three weeks… »


The Philippine flag flies at half mast outside the Zamboanga City Hall on Monday, Sept. 30, in honor of the policemen, soldiers and civilians who died during the standoff with… »

Zamboangueños: Crisis far from over

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 29 Sept) — The crisis in Zamboanga City is far from over.  This is the common sentiment among local bankers and businessmen here, even as Local… »

Where will P3.89 billion for Zambo rehab go?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 Sept) – The national government has earmarked P3.89 billion for “early recovery program and rehabilitation” of Zamboanga City, the bulk of which – P2.9 billion – will… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Will Mindanao survive?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Sept) — Yes, the (Armed Forces of the Philippines) military mission in Zamboanga may be deemed accomplished.  But  is the problem really over?  I don’t… »

Paraffin Test

Policemen conduct paraffin test Thursday morning on captured Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels involved in the standoff in Zamboanga City. Police said a total of 185 MNLF rebels have… »

COMMENT: FVR’s ‘Win-win’ Turns ‘Loss-loss’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 Sept) – Of the four Philippine presidents after Ferdinand E. Marcos and before Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, we consider Fidel V. Ramos as… »

Zamboanga City standoff: more deaths, more ‘bakwits’

DAVAO  CITY  (MindaNews / 25 September)  — President Benigno Simeon Aquino III flew to Zamboanga City on Friday, September 13, vowed to talk peace with those who want peace,  said… »

Standoff could have ended on Day 5, Sept. 13 if…

DAVAO  CITY  (MindaNews / 25 September)  —  The standoff  in Zamboanga City between government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) under founding chair Nur Misuari could have ended on Day… »

PNoy leaves Zambo; says military action vs MNLF continues

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/22 September) – President Benigno S. Aquino III left this city Sunday, the 10th day of his stay here, but vowed that military operations will continue against the… »

Classes outside critical zone in Zambo City resume on Sept. 25

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/ 22 Sept) – Classes in public and private schools outside the areas of concern here will resume on Wednesday, September 25 but school officials are to report… »

Breaking the peace in Sulu and Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/ 22 Sept) — In August, the panji  (flag) of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) was hoisted at the SarangBangun Center where MNLF founding chair Nurullaji“Nur” Misuari… »

A BOHOLANO’S VIEW: Nur Misuari’s Challenge to the Bangsamoro Peace Process

Misuari-MNLF declares Moro secession from RP.  The review of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement between the MNLF and the Government of the Philippines (GOP) was to be concluded on September… »

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