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“The camp hopes to form lasting bonds of trust and respect among its participants who represent various faiths and backgrounds—Christian, Muslim, and Indigenous tribes/people,” the Ayala Foundation, Inc.,
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 April) -- Thirty focus group discussions (FGDs) on peace were held at the Mindanao State University (MSU) high school here Tuesday and Wednesday involving representatives from Catholics, Protestants and Lumads in the South Cotabato-Sarangani-Sultan Kudarat area.
In Cotabato City, thousands of residents also lined up the road from Quirino Bridge to City Hall, with the same demands.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 March) -- Why are the country’s political leaders quick to act on amending the Constitution to change nationalistic provisions for the benefit of foreigners or to extend their terms of office but are “allergic” to amending the Constitution to address the people’s aspirations for self-determination, the Dean of the University of the Philippines College of Law, Marvic Leonen, asked.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 March) - From DDR to RRR.
After getting much flak when it dissolved its peace panel on September 3 and mandated that “any negotiation with armed groups will be in the context of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR),” Malacanang is now saying that the resumption of talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is “achievable if we adopt a forward-looking strategy which we will call the 3 Rs: “renegotiate, reaffirm and review.”
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/5 Mar) -- The Mindanao Peoples Caucus (MPC) announced Wednesday an ambitious plan for residents in war-affected communities to go out on the streets on March 18 and demand the resumption of the stalled peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
DATU PIANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/03 March) -- Three children and a 25-year-old resident of barangay Duaminanga here alleged they were mauled Sunday by soldiers in Lumopog, Midsayap, North Cotabato.
MAKATI CITY (Young Moro Professionals/01 March) -- If there's fashion produced in jails, now it's fashion produced for peace.
Bring Mindanao to Makati was the dream of the producers of the show called Moro Fashionistas: Celebrating Moro and Mindanao Life.
Kugo Guiamo, 53, an evacuee sheltered at s bunkhouse in Barangay Ilian, Datu Saudi Ampatuan was sitting at the balcony of the house of Barangay Captain Habie Matilendo at around 7 p.m. Wednesday when unidentified armed men lobbed a grenade.
Fr. Albert Alejo, a Jesuit priest who heads Konsult Mindanao, emphasized this in a dialogue with civil society representatives here on February 13, after the group piloted a focus group discussion (FGD) in Marawi City, one of the 300 FGDs that will be conducted in Mindanao in April and May this year.
ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / February 13)—A top-ranking officer of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) surrendered to the Army here Thursday with the facilitation of municipal officials of Pantaoragat in Lanao del Norte.
“Their output will speak for their work," MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal told MindaNews in a text message late Friday afternoon.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / February 6) -- Residents of Pigcawaran village in Alamada, North Cotabato abandoned their homes and moved to safer areas following the fresh fighting between suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerrillas and government forces, Thursday morning.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 February) – The community consultations and dialogues on peace in Mindanao that will be spearheaded by the Bishops-Ulama Conference (BUC) will be conducted in April and May, whether or not the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) shall have resumed peace talks by then.
At least 300 focus group discussions (FGDs) in various parts of Mindanao and southern Palawan “in the service of the GRP-MILF peace talks as well as the broader peace process in Mindanao,” will be conducted under “Konsult Mindanaw!”
There is no order for evacuees to return home, the mayor’s executive assistant and an Army official in Datu Piang, Maguindanao, said.
In a report, the Mindanao Tulong Bakwet (MTB), an organization that attends to the needs of the evacuees, quoted Musib Tan, executive assistant to the Datu Piang mayor, as saying that they did not coerce the evacuees to return home but “encouraged” those whose places of origin have been declared “safe” by the military, to return home.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 February) -- A Mindanawon peace advocate is this year’s Ninoy Aquino Fellow for Public Service.
Lawyer Mary Ann Arnado, secretary-general of the Mindanao Peoples’ Caucus (MPC) will be awarded the fellowship at noon of February 5 at the Rigodon I of the Peninsula Manila hotel.
The selection of Ninoy Aquino Fellows for Public Service and Journalism, is an annual project of the US Embassy in Manila.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 February) -- A 90-minute special on “the way forward” for the peace process in Mindanao will be held at the Marco Polo hotel on Wednesday evening (February 4), for airing on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel on Friday (February 6) at 7:30 p.m.
ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/3 Feb) -- Ten members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) under Abdurahman Macapaar a.k.a Commander Bravo clandestinely surrendered to soldiers Monday night.
Marbel Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez, who attended a close-door meeting here today with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, said restarting the Mindanao peace talks “wouldn’t be far” because the government has already reconstituted its new peace panel. He predicts it could be as early as February.
Alamada Mayor Ernesto Concepcion said the situation in the area is still volatile because the 30 or so heavily armed MILF rebels are still in the mountainous portion of the village.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 January) – Retired Philippine National Police (PNP) director Avelino Razon will be the new Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process effective February 1, vice Hermogenes Esperon who will head the Presidential Management Staff (PMS).
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 January) – Muslim religious leaders in the Philippines will make history next week when at least 200 ulama (religious scholars) and aleema (female ulama) from Mindanao, Luzon and the Visayas, gather on January 26 to 29 Imperial Palace Suites, Quezon City for the 2nd National Ulama Summit, to ratify the charter for a national network of major ulama organizations.