Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III dies

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/20 Oct.) — Sultan Jamalul Kiram III of Sulu died of multiple organ failure Sunday at the age of 75, his daughter Princess Jacel Kiram-Hasan announced. Kiram, who… »

Task force rescues 132 human trafficking victims in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 July) – The multi-agency Sea-Based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF) rescued in separate operations Wednesday 132 human trafficking victims and arrested a suspected illegal recruiter in this city,… »

Malaysian police detain 32 Tawi-Tawi LP candidates, supporters

BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi (VERA Files/10 April) —  Malaysian Police have detained 32 Liberal Party candidates and their supporters who were on their way to the Turtle Islands to accompany a gubernatorial… »

COMMENT: Behind Hope, Fears

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 April 2013) — The signing of the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro on October 15, 2012 was the poetical “sun always shining” that emerged from “behind the… »

For TransCom to work, GPH-MILF annexes “must be finished before the elections”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 April) –  The three remaining annexes that would complete the comprehensive peace pact between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) “must be… »

Sabah crisis hounds TransCom presscon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 April) – The moderator of the press conference had to butt in to remind reporters that the press conference was not about Sabah but about the Transition… »

Charged in Sabah: seven more; total 15

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 April) – Seven more alleged members of the “Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo”  were charged in Sabah, Malaysia Monday for allegedly… »

Evacuees from Sabah: 750 new arrivals; total 5,189 since March 6

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) –  The number of evacuees from Sabah since March 6 has reached 5,189 as of 5 p.m. on April 1 or 750 more arrivals from the… »

Evacuees from Sabah: 4,439

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) –  The number of evacuees who have arrived from Sabah since March 6 has reached 4,439 as of 11 a.m. on March 27, more than twice… »

GPH, MILF reset talks for 2nd week of April; Deles says PNoy sought postponement

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) –  The peace panels of the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have agreed to reset the talks scheduled this week, for… »

Malaysia not credible to host GPH-MILF peace talks – Princess Jacel

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 March) – The daughter of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III questioned the credibility of Malaysia to continue facilitating the peace talks between the Government of… »

Princess in Davao

Princess Jacel Kiram, daughter of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, one of the heirs of the Sultan of Sulu, speaks at a press conference in Davao City on Monday, March 25. Kiram… »

Deles says PNoy sought postponement of GPH-MILF talks in KL

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) –  The March 25 to 27 peace negotiations in Kuala Lumpur between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) did not push… »

GPH-MILF talks resumption in KL: on or off?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) —  The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panels are supposed to meet today, March 25, until March 27 in Kuala Lumpur to work on… »

Governors of Sulu, Tawi-tawi, ARMM checking on names of 8 charged in Sabah court

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) – The eight alleged members of  the “Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo” who were charged for waging war and terrorism… »

Resume talks

Members of civil society organizations and the Armed Forces of the Philippines gather at the Freedom Park in Davao City on Thursday, March 21 to call for the resumption of the… »

Advocates warn derailment of GPH-MILF peace talks due to Sabah conflict

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 March) – Peace advocates warned Thursday a possible derailment of the peace talks between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation… »

Lawyer of Sulu Sultan’s heirs on Sabah: ‘final say’ from Philippine gov’t body

JOLO, Sulu (MindaNews/17 March) –  Claiming Malaysia acted in bad faith, the lawyer of the heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu said Malaysia “must immediately turn over” Sabah to the… »

Arrivals in Sulu from Sabah: 1,677

PATIKUL, Sulu (MindaNews/17 March) –  At the privately-owned Hadji Warid Wharf here on Friday noon,  Amelia laughed as she admitted how she repeatedly texted Ibrahim, her 20-year old son in… »

Sabah fallout: Gasoline vendors closing shops, trike fares up in Tawi-Tawi

BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi (MindaNews/16 March)—With the increase in price of gasoline coming from Sabah, Malaysia, several roadside gasoline vendors here have been forced to close shop as tricycle drivers were forced… »

Price cap up for goods in Tawi-Tawi

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/13 March)— Price control measures are being put in place in the island-province of Tawi-Tawi in the aftermath of the Sabah crisis that triggered an increase in prices… »

Response to Ismael Kiram’s statement that Princess Jacel, being a woman, cannot speak for Sultan Jamalul III

We are celebrating Women’s Month.  March 8 was Women’s Day, made possible by legislation authored by my mother, former Senator Santanina Rasul, who was not just the first Muslim woman… »

Amid Sabah crisis, Malaysia sends in new batch of peace monitors

CAMP SIONGCO, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 11 March) – While  Malaysian security forces on Monday entered the seventh day of military and police operations against a Moro group… »

ARMM”s Human Rights Commission on reported HR violations in Sabah: “very alarming”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 March) – The chair of the Regional Human Rights Commission of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RHRC-ARMM) is appealing for an end to violence in Sabah… »

BISAG UNSA: Sultanato sa Sulu

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews / 11 Marso) – Sa mga rekord sa Tsina, kapila natala ang Sulu nga aktibo sa internasyonal nga treyd sa wala pa moabot ang mga katsila.… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Sabah fallout on MILF peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 March) — I was in Zamboanga City over the weekend to attend the Jaycee Senate Zamboanga Chapter Induction there. I was glad I took the trip. When… »

COMMENTARY: Lifeline hangs in the balance

It is indeed timely that the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has issued a call for a ceasefire and dialogue to end the violence.  Sultan Jamalul III has… »

79 detained in Sabah under Malaysia’s new security act

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 March) – At least 79  suspected members and supporters of  Rajah Muda Agbimuddin Kiram in Sabah, Malaysia have been detained for investigation under the  Security Offences (Special… »

UN, HRW urge Malaysia to ensure protection of civilians

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/09 March)— United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on Friday met with Malaysia’s permanent representative to the UN to reiterate his hope that the crisis in Sabah be… »

COMMENT: Historic Legacy of Sultan Alam

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 March) – When Sulu Sultan Mohammed Jamalul Alam leased the Sultanate’s part of North Borneo to the British North Borneo Company in 1878 never did he… »

Malaysian and PH civil society groups: declare humanitarian ceasefire now

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/08 March) —  Civil society organizations in  Malaysia  and the Philippines are urging Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Najib, President Benigno Aquino and Sulu Sultan… »

JOINT STATEMENT OF MALAYSIAN-PHILIPPINE CSOs: Standoff in Lahad Datu: Engage in Dialogue Now

NOTE: list of signatories as of 1:35 p.m. March 8, 2013   JOINT STATEMENT OF MALAYSIAN-PHILIPPINE CSOs   March 7, 2013   Standoff in Lahad Datu: Engage in Dialogue Now with… »

Aquino mulls charges vs Sulu sultan, followers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) — President Benigno Aquino III said Thursday he has ordered the Department of Justice, National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police to gather evidence… »

Sultan declares ceasefire as UN Sec-Gen urges end to violence; Malaysia rejects truce offer

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) – Sultan Jamalul Kiram III  declared Thursday noon a unilateral ceasefire in Sabah, Malaysia in a bid to prevent further loss of  lives but Malaysia  rejected… »

‘Gov’t ill-prepared to handle mass deportation of Pinoy workers from Sabah’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/07 March) – The government is unprepared in case Malaysia decides to deport en mass Filipino workers from Sabah where some 200 followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram… »

Aquino: “What do you want me to do? Sacrifice interest of Pinoys in Sabah, in PH?”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) –  President Benigno Aquino reiterated Wednesday night the need for sobriety and “reasonable dialogue” to stop the crisis in Sabah from escalating, claiming the group that… »

Aquino to Sulu Sultanate’s heirs: ‘It’s all your fault’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 March) — President Benigno Aquino III continued blaming Wednesday the heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu for the bloodshed in Sabah, Malaysia, noting it could have… »

PEACETALK. A Prayer for Tausug Brothers (and People) in Sabah

SANTA CRUZ, California (MindaNews/06 March0 –Salaam! Peace! For days now, I’ve been feeling sad about the unnecessary sacrifice and loss of lives of our Tausug brethrens in Sabah. I grew… »

Negotiations over; Malaysia launches aerial, ground attacks to flush out “intruders”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 March)  —  Invoking the need to “safeguard the dignity and sovereignty of the nation as demanded by the rakyat (people),” Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun… »

Security beefed up for Malaysian ceasefire monitors in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 March)  —  The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has beefed up security for all team sites of the 54-member Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team (IMT)  in five… »

Tawi-Tawi execs call for end to Sabah conflict as economy feels impact

KORONADAL CITY(MindaNews/05 March) — Ranking officials in Tawi-Tawi appealed Tuesday for a peaceful end to the conflict in Sabah, Malaysia to prevent further loss of lives and its impact on… »

Groups call for end to violence in Sabah; death toll at 27

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 March) – Calls for an end to violence in Sabah and to resolve the conflict through dialogue have been mounting, as the death toll since the stand-off… »

Enrile wants Sabah issue resolved “swiftly and peacefully;” surpised over Saycon admission

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 March) — Opposition senatorial candidate Jackie Ponce Enrile said the Philippines and Malaysia must exert all efforts to resolve the Sabah issue “swiftly and peacefully” even as… »

Misuari on Sabah bloodshed: “ we must talk in a brotherly way”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 February) – “Cooler heads” must prevail to stop the bloodshed in Sabah from escalating, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chair Nur Misauri  said  as he urged the… »

Malaysian Prime Minister: “very sad over the incident;” death toll at 15

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 March) – Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has expressed sadness that the standoff in Lahad Datu, Sabah from February 9 ended in bloodshed.on March… »

Standoff in Sabah over; death toll unclear

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 March) –  “The standoff is now over.” Quoting a report from Malaysian Ambassador to the Philipipines, Dato Mohd Zamri Mohd Kassim,  Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez, spokesperson of… »

PH, Malaysia urged to jointly resolve Sabah issue

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/01 March)— Two peace advocates in Lanao del Norte urged Friday the Philippine and Malaysian governments to peacefully resolve the Sabah conflict arising from the claims of the… »

MILF, BIFF mum over Sabah firefight

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/01 March)—Officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) kept mum Friday after skirmishes reportedly erupted between followers of the… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: The Sabah Dilemma

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/01 March) — The Sabah question has been dormant for almost half a century. The last time it came into the spotlight was in 1968 when the Philippine… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Clueless on Sabah

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 February) – Like in Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide,” President Benigno Aquino III has displayed a split personality type of diplomacy. On one hand,… »

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