Mindanao Week Of Peace

Mindanao Week Of Peace

Bangsamoro women as walking bridges of peace

Special to MindaNews

COTABATO  CITY (MindaNews/20 December) -- Indigenous Bangsamoro women in the lowlands and the highlands are not harvesting the benefits of peace in their homeland.


Moro fisherfolk lauded for peacebuilding initiatives

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/10 December) -- A fishermen's group with predominantly Moro members from a conflict-affected area in North Cotabato has been chosen as among organizations that show inspiring initiatives in peace building and poverty reduction.

Peace week draws bigger participation in Tacurong, GenSan

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/09 December) -- Participation in the 9th Mindanao Week of Peace in the cities of Tacurong and General Santos was noted to have increased and to have become better organized, not to mention the many firsts for the annual island-wide celebration -- biking, coloring and concerts for peace.

Duterte and Nograles should build bridges of peace – Pastor

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 Dec) -- Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Davao City 1st district Rep. Prospero Nograles should patch up their differences and build bridges of peace,” Pastor Mariano Apilado, executive pastor of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP)  said  in his reflection at the Interfaith Assembly at Grand Men Seng Hotel on December 4.

Subanon tribal council, slain Basilan mayor named “Peace Weaver” awardees

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 Dec) – A Basilan leader slain last year and a tribe’s council of elders are this year’s recipients of the Peace Weaver awards.

Sultan Kudarat groups form Coalition for Peace

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/05 Dec) -- At least 20 non-government and people’s organizations in Sultan Kudarat province converged here Wednesday and majority of them agreed to form a coalition that would promote culture of peace in the area and monitor the incoming peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Basilan soldiers focus on “total humanitarian assault”

ISABELA CITY, Basilan (MindaNews/ 04 Dec) -- Security forces here have a new weapon in combating “terrorism” and lawlessness in the province: “total humanitarian assault,” Brig. Gen. Juancho Sabban, commander of the Army’s 103rd brigade, said.

Advocates open to new ‘peace tracks’ in Mindanao

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/04 December) -- In the quest for peace, Mindanawons  should not lose sight of its context, especially among the Bangsamoro people, a professor-cum-peace advocate told participants Monday during a peace forum attended by various sectors here.

Christians visit mosques, Muslims visit churches in Davao City’s MWOP celebration

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 December) -- Christians are welcome to visit the Muslims’ mosque for the Sambayang, their counterpart for mass, Aleem Mahmod Adilao, Ulama Regional Chair, said.

"Christians are welcome to enter our Mosque and may participate in Muslim masses, but they are strictly required to follow our rules. This means, they have to clean themselves upon entering the mosque, the ladies should be separated from their husbands, etc.", he said during the Church-Mosque visitation in observance of the Mindanao Week Of Peace (MWOP).

Community participation underscored in GRP-MILF peace process

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/04 December) --  Community participation must be underscored in the ongoing government-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace process,  representatives of civil society groups said Monday at the “Option for Peace” forum at the Elena Hotel here.

Correcting historical “distortions” as a way of achieving peace

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/02 December) -- Stakeholders in the Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) will lobby for the inclusion of studies on Mindanao cultures and history in the regular education curriculum as the first step in promoting peace.

Peace begins in the family

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 December) -- Achieving peace in our society means underscoring the importance of family, Aha! Ehem! national coordinator Ronnie Amorado said in his message to the Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) celebration.

Subanon tribe pushes ancestral domain claims

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/ 01 December) – Traditional leaders of the Subanon tribe in Zamboanga Peninsula issued a statement Friday reiterating their appeal to concerned government agencies “to respect their legitimate claims of ancestral domain in this region.”

Kids express wish for peace through art

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/01 December) -- Peace is neither the absence of guns, death nor war but justice at its highest form. Peace is not born out of the defense of life, property or identity. Peace is the fruit of understanding, identity and social justice.

‘Make religions tools of peace’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 December) -- "All word religions adhere to a common belief," the world renowned exhibition "World-religions- Universal Peace- Global Ethic" which opened Friday at the Insular Waterfront Hotel here, stressed.

Duterte’s wish for Mindanao Week of Peace: soldiers, cops armed with bible

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 December) --  "Someday the military and the PNP (Philippine National Police) will be walking around armed not with a gun but with a bible," City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said in a prepared speech delivered for him by city administrator Wendel Avisado at the opening ceremony here of the 2007 Mindanao Week of Peace.

Laro ng Lahi : Building friendships among the youths in Mindanao

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/01 December) -- Shajed Julasiri, 14, recalls with a pang the alienation he increasingly feels every time somebody equates his being a Muslim with the Abu Sayyafs and other terrorist groups.

Mindanao Week of Peace celebration draws 197 youngsters to peace camp

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews/01 Dec 2007)--- Students and youths from the provinces of Pikit, Datu Piang, Libungan, and Pigcawayan gathered today at the Notre Dame of Midasayap College for the first ever Youth Peace Camp here to calling for solidarity and peace among the Muslims, Lumads, and Christians in Mindanao.

Bishop to peace advocates: “love your enemies and…”

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/30 Nov)— “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Bishop Edwin de la Pena said to peace advocates from the Mindanao State University, civil society, local officials of cities of Marawi and Iligan as well as officials from the Lanao provinces.

Bikers for peace converge in Tacurong

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews / November 30) – Costly bicycles and a general  and his soldiers pedalling their way here from Cotabato City showed the inroads made in the advocacy for peace in Mindanao.

“People’s festival” to feature peace-building initiatives

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 30 Nov) - Initiatives and best practices in waging peace and reducing poverty would be featured in a three-day festival here next week in what organizers hope would inspire troubled communities to adapt or start their own efforts.

5-year old child honored at Peace symposium

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews/30 Nov) -- A five year child from Dunguan, Datu Montawal, Maguindanao was given the Child Peace Award today at the symposium held at Notre Dame of Midsayap College.

Military would rather be doves than hawks in dealing with MILF

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews/29 Nov) -- Col. Danilo Garcia, commander of the 601st Infantry Battalion based in nearby Tacurong City, stood out among those in the presidential table at the entrance of the palatial provincial capitol here.

Peace Ed focuses on community approach anchore on interfaith dialogue

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/28 Nov) – Community approach anchored on interfaith dialogue in handling conflicts in Mindanao is the main point of discussion of an ongoing peace education gathering here.

Zambo military and police adopt “peaceful and participative approach” in operations

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/ 26 Nov) – Security forces here are adopting more "peaceful and participative approach" in handling military and police operations in their bid to win the heart of the locals.

Bishops, Ulama, Army, Police urge DepEd to promote peace education in elem, HS

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 Nov) – The Bishops-Ulama Conference-Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (BUC-AFP-PNP) group has urged legislators to pass a law obliging the Department of Education to start peace education in the elementary and high school classes nationwide to “demolish walls that divide and build bridges that reconcile.”

Bishops, Ulama set up regular dialogues with military, police

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 August) – Mindanao's bishops and ulama and the country's top brass in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP), have agreed to set up a quarterly forum to continue their "Dialogue on Peace."