From the plains of Kutawato

From the plains of Kutawato

FROM THE PLAINS OF KUTAWATO: Is this how the Phiilppines conducts its counter-terror campaign?

SAN JUAN, Metro Manila (MindaNews/6 Aug) -- This should give everyone an idea how the counter-terror campaign is being waged. And this is what discredits and taints the law enforcement institutions involved, and gives the counter-terrorism campaign a bad reputation among ordinary Muslims who would otherwise support that campaign.

FROM THE PLAINS OF KUTAWATO: How not to condemn barbarities

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 July) -- The statements of condemnation were swift in coming.  Invariably, they all expressed shock and revulsion at the beheading of the Philippine Marines.  Some hawks and hawk-wannabes in the legislature issued calls to arms and for the government to abandon its negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).  Sadly, they were joined by many members of the media.

FROM THE PLAINS OF KUTAWATO: Calling peace mediators to account

1st of three parts: A Failed Peace Agreement

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 February) -- A few weeks from now, in early February, a tripartite meeting between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP), the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) will be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia  to sort out the problems in the implementation of the 1996 peace agreement between the two.  The fact that this meeting has to be held only highlights the problem the 1996 peace agreement encountered in its implementation.