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Peace Process

Malacanang: “we accept and respect Malaysia’s decision”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 April) – The Philippine government expressed its appreciation for Malaysia’s help in the peace process and says it ”respects and accepts their latest decision,” Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process said in a press statement issued by his office.

Malaysia on Thursday announced a phased withdrawal of its contingent from the International Monitoring Team (IMT) in Mindanao, starting May.

40 years after Jabidah, Moro struggle continues

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 March) –  Forty years ago, on March 18, 1968, a massacre of at least 26 young Moro trainees on Corregidor Island in Luzon triggered mass protests  from an enraged Moro youth and professionals, eventually leading to the establishment of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

Mindanao nuns: Arroyo committed “serious immoral act in governance”

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay (MindaNews/3 March) -- Some 360 nuns belonging to 40 congregations based in Mindanao added their voices to the growing call for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s resignation.

Darlene: every person cen become a peace advocate

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/3 March) – “Every person can become a peace advocate,” Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio, representative of South Cotabato’s first district and General Santos City, said.

Peace and knowledge center opens in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/3 March) – Students, researchers and non-government organizations from General Santos City and the provinces of Sarangani and South Cotabato can now have access to information resources about peace, women’s and children’s rights, poverty alleviation, gender sensitivity, population, history of conflict in Mindanao, and understanding Islam.

Mindanao peace caravan goes to Corregidor for 40th anniv of Jabidah Massacre

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 February) –  Representatives of various sectors in Mindanao will proceed to Corregidor on a four-day peace caravan to observe the 40th anniversary on March 18  of The “Jabidah Massacre” in Corregidor.

Arrested MILf official appeals for “sobriety, primacy of the peace process”

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay (MindaNews/31 January) --- A senior official of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) here who was arrested January 29 had appealed to both government forces and Moro communities to be “calm and respect the primacy of the ongoing peace process.”


Moro village chair survives slay try

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay (MindaNews/31 January) -- Rashid Bual, a former combatant of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who now sits as village chief of Barangay Tenan here, was having fun with his family and some relatives in their living room evening of January 29 when they heard a volley of gunfire outside.

Moro leader to GMA: Save peace talks

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/06 January) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should exercise political will in saving the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to prevent the resumption of hostilities in Mindanao, a Moro analyst and civil society leader today said.

Peace rallies in Mindanao start Monday

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/January 6) – Moro groups will hold rallies in several cities and provinces of Mindanao to press the government to pursue peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front by abiding with consensus points agreed upon by both parties in the last three years.

Moro women to GRP-MNLF: include women, civil society groups in tripartite review

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) -- Bangsamoro women are urging the Philippine government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) to “fast-track the peace processes and show sincerity in the full implementation of the signed GRP (Philippine governemtn)-MNLF peace agreement and concluding the GRP-MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) peace talks,”  as they also stressed the importance of including women and civil society organizations in the tripartite review of the implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement (FPA).

MILF reaching out to MNLF on peace pact; MNLF “willing to embrace MILF brods”

DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Shariff Kabunsuan (MindaNews/28 Nov)-- The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is reaching out to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and is “willing to accommodate”  the unimplemented provisions of the GRP-MNLF peace agreement into their own (future agreement),  MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal here said, after the launching of his book, “The Long Road to Peace: Inside the GRP-MILF Peace Process.”

Peace forum to highlight Sarangani’s MunaTo festival

ALABEL, Sarangani (MindaNews/25 Nov) – A peace forum on Monday will highlight Sarangani province’s MunaTo Festival, also as a prelude to the Mindanao Week of Peace, according to the Sarangani Information Office.

Dureza: best-case scenario in GRP-MNLF and GRP-MILF talks by March 2008

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 November) – “Now or never.”

The best-case scenario for the Philippine government’s review of the 1996 peace pact with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the about-to-be-signed peace pact with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is a law merging the provisions of the peace pacts by March 2008, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said.

Mindanao bloggers urged to promote peace and understanding

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 October) – Online journal writers or bloggers from Mindanao were urged to go beyond writing about personal matters and instead use their internet platform to help promote peace and understanding in Mindanao.

No problem in interfaith dialogue but what’s happening to intra-faith?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 October) -- A Catholic priest sees no problem in inter-faith dialogues in Mindanao but says that while the existing peace initiatives are closing the gap between “dialogue Christians and dialogue Muslims,”  it is “not clear if we are closing the gap between dialogue Christians and prejudiced Christians and between armed Muslims and unarmed Muslims.”

HSA bad for peace process

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 October) -- The Human Security Act puts at risk the gains of dialogue and peaceful approach to the conflict in Mindanao, civil society representatives told a forum here Monday.

Bills on mandatory study of Moro and Lumad history in all school levels re-filed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 Sept) --  Bills on the mandatory study of Moro history and Lumad (Indigenous Peoples’) history have been re-filed in the Congress as the two bills reached only the committee level in the previous Congress.  

ARMM conference to discuss “peace process-responsive” business

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 August) --  Business that is more responsive to the peace process in Mindanao is among the key issues to be discussed in the 6th Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Business Congress next month, an ARMM Business Council official said.

Groups move to empower Ulama

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/31 July) -- The Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy (PCID) with support from Magbassa Kita Foundation Incorporated and Mind Center conducted the 2nd regional Consultative Forum of Ulama (Muslim Scholars) in this city, geared to empower them (Ulama) by organizing their network and national assembly to form  “one body” of Muslim scholars.

Child of war wins UN World Food Programme’s art contest

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/26 July) -- A 12-year student from a former war zone in North Cotabato won this year’s Children's Art Competition of the United Nation’s World Food Program (WFP).

15 clan feuds settled in Lanao; rido tops cause of evacuation more than war

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/11 July) -- Fifteen clan feuds in Lanao provinces have been settled by a non-governmental organization here using the Maranao traditional system of taritib and igma (customary laws).

Duterte to gov’t: pursue talks with MILF, NDF

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 June) -- President Arroyo's crisis manager for Regions 11 and 12 called on the government to pursue a more aggressive peace process in the aftermath of her acceptance of the courtesy resignation of government chief peace negotiator Silvestre Afable Jr. and a string of bombing incidents recently.

Delays in peace agreement mroe expensive – Sec. Cabral

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 June) -- Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral said delays in the peace agreement will be more expensive for the government, citing the DSWD's greater expense in doing social work especially in conflict areas.

Bahrain visitors pledge 10 more mosques, an orphanage and livelihood projects

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 June) – Three Bahraini visitors who earlier donated seven mosques pledge to give 10 more plus an orphanage and livelihood assistance to marginalized Moro here.

AFP commanders to MILF: celfone numbers, please?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 June) -- The presentations and discussions at the 1st AFP-BIAF Roundtable Discussion in Cotabato City last Saturday, centered on the primacy of the peace process between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). There were no questions but a recommendation from a military officer that they be given mobile phone numbers of the rebel counterparts on the ground.

Koronadal’s Bishop Gutierrez leads Pinoy delegates to interfaith meet in NZ

MANILA (OPAPP/28 May) -- The 13-member Philippine Delegation to the Third Asia Pacific  Interfaith Dialogue this week at the Waitangi Bay of Islands in New  Zealand will be at the historic forefront of an inter-regional  initiative to promote better religious and cultural understanding  among world civilizations.