PERSONAL ESSAY: 7 Feb 1974: Montage From A Kid’s Memory Bank

Warina Sushil A. Jukuy (Originally published in Jihad al Akbar Bilingual Magazine 2003 which the author edited). 7th of February 1974. “Batih na kamu, yanna simud in mga mawisss!” (*… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Traitors in our midst

Treason: treachery towards one’s country or government; betrayal of one’s country to an enemy. Traitor: one who is disloyal; one who betrays his country, cause, friends, etc. – Webster’s Dictionary… »

NHA asks construction firm to “remove and replace” 3 houses for Zambo ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/03 November) – The National Housing Authority (NHA) has ordered the firm undertaking the construction of 158 housing units for the “bakwits” to “remove and replace” the three… »

COMMENT: BBL: Test of Moro Unity

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 22, 2014 – Will Moro leaders and their followers unite in Bangsamoro? The plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be the ultimate test. Is… »

COMMENT: BBL: What in the Aftermath?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Oct) – The Bangsamoro Basic Law, by its title, is tri-functional. By these three functions, numbered in parentheses inserted in the title quoted below,… »

COMMENT: Misuari: Relevant, Necessary?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 6, 2014 – Is it necessary for Founding Chairman Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front to participate in committee hearings of the Congress on… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: The Realities of Negotiating

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 Oct) — My previous work as “negotiator” was varied. Let me recall some. I dealt with   hostage takers at the Davao Penal Colony where eight hostage takers were “neutralized”… »


GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 Sept) — Last Monday, while surfing the net for the latest on the Bangsamoro Basic Law bill now in the Congress, we netted an Inquirer Mindanao… »

Dec. 17 is target date for passing Bangsamoro Basic Law  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Sept) – Calendared for first reading Monday, September 14, the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, now known as House Bill 4994, is targeted for passing by December 17… »

“We will Rise!” is theme of year after Zambo siege commemoration

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 September) – “We will Rise!” is the theme chosen by the Archdiocese of Zamboanga to commemorate the first anniversary of the September 9, 2013 siege that led… »

PEACETALK: MNLF siege a year after: The task of peacebuilding

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/07 Sept) — Nobody wins in a war, it has been said. And a year after the shocking attack of Zamboanga City by the Moro National Liberation Front… »

QUN FAYA QUN: Studying the Muslim Communities Post 911

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 September) — The Muslim world has indeed changed after the 9/11 bombing in New York. We may want to ask ourselves, why did it happen? The next… »

Zambo health office conducts anti-measles vaccination for ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/05 August) – The City Health Office is conducting mass vaccination against measles at the evacuation centers and transitory sites that house thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)… »

NHA rushes completion of houses for Zambo ‘bakwits’  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/03 August) – The National Housing Authority (NHA) has committed to complete the construction of 45 duplex loftable units by the end of this month at Martha Drive,… »

GPH, MILF panels meet where GPH, MNLF reached breakthrough in 1996

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 August) — The venue of the 10-day meeting of the peace panels of the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) here was the… »

Zambo opens 8th transitory site for ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – The city government, in partnership with local and international agencies, has formally opened on Thursday the 8th transitory site in a bid to gradually clear… »

Bangsamoro in transition (4): Capacity building, capacity mobilization

Last of four parts: Capacity building, capacity mobilization DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 July) – On September 9, 1996, exactly a week after the Philippine government and the Moro National… »

Zambo villages urged to construct evacuation centers

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/28 June) – The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) urged every barangay here to have its own evacuation center where residents could seek shelter in times of calamities.… »

Zambo ‘bakwits’ receive P9.7M livelihood assistance from DSWD

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released P9.7 million to 42 Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) associations comprising of internally displaced persons… »

MILF, MNLF meet in Jeddah; vow to activate Bangsamoro Coordination Forum

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — Leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the different factions of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) including Nur Misuari’s group, met in… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: What Does MILF Mean by a Ministerial Form of Government?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/12 June) — The MILF specifies a ‘ministerial form of government” as their preferred system for the Bangsamoro jurisdiction. It is unclear what they mean or… »

More Badjao ‘bakwits’ in Zambo moved to transitory site

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/31 May) – The local government has transferred another 30 Badjao families from R.T. Lim Boulevard, also known as “Cawa-Cawa” Boulevard, to the transitory site in Sitio Masepla,… »

100 Zambo ‘bakwits’ to complete livelihood skills training

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 29 May) – A total of 100 internally displaced persons (IDPs) or “bakwits” in this city are set to complete a month-long livelihood skills training Wednesday… »

NHA starts rehab of Zambo siege-affected area

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 28 May) – The National Housing Authority (NHA) has started the site development of the Paniran Homeowners Association area in Barangay Sta. Catalina, marking the start… »

COMMENT: Nagíng* ‘Nagging Customary’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 May)— In our last two-article COMMENT (Impact Overrated, MindaNews April 10 and 14, 2014), we noted the misperception about peace and economic development in Mindanao as… »

WFP to resume food-for-work program for Zambo ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/17 May) – The World Food Programme (WFP) will resume next week its food-for-work program that would benefit some 6,000 families displaced by the September 2013 siege in… »

MNLF leaders ask Obama for help

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 April) – While anti-US protesters are marching on the streets of Mendiola in Manila, regional leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) are welcoming… »

Paging Obama

Moro National Liberation Front leaders from various state committees call on United States President Barack Obama to “intervene on the Bangsamoro problem” during a gathering 28 April 2014 at the… »

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… »

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