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SPECIAL REPORT: Who’s afraid of a Bangsamoro sub-state? (Part 3)

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 April) -- On the issue of territory, Cotabato Arcbishop Orlando Quevedo asked the panel: “You and I know that Christians vehemently objected to that portion which was beyond Category A (of the botched 2008 Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain or MOA-AD) and especially people from Zamboanga, Davao and North Cotabato were vehement in their objections and yet I still find those very disputable contentious things in the draft. For historical reasons I can understand the MILF position but for the feasible and viable acceptance of this, for those who were vehemently opposed to this especially people from Manila, Zambonaga, Davao and North Cotabao, why should it still be there? For practical purposes, why should it still be there and risk again non-acceptance?”

SPECIAL REPORT (2): Who’s afraid of a Bangsamoro sub-state? (Questions the Bishops and Business...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 April) – Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo noted that the proposed territory of the proposed “Bangsamoro sub-state” of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) covers areas that are presently the subject of the implementation of the agreement between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and government; and that it is also the present territory of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

SPECIAL REPORT (1): Who’s afraid of a Bangsamoro sub-state? (Questions the Bishops and Business...

What is this “Bangsamoro sub-state” the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is proposing? What is its composition? Who will lead it? What happens to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao? Are you speaking for the entire Bangsamoro people? What about the Moro National Liberation Front? What about the practice of religion? What happens to our national franchise in a “Bangsamoro sub-state”? How do you deal with constitutional issues?

The 1976 tsunami: Maguindanao had highest death toll

LINEK, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/23 March) – “Pagdating namin dito, maraming bangkay. Ang kamalig sa palengke sa Dimapatoy, puno ng bangkay. Ang mosque sa Mompong puno ng bangkay. Yung kalsada dyan, puno ng bangkay.”

35 years after the 1976 Moro Gulf tsunami: whatever happened to the preparedness plans?

LINEK, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/21 March 2011) -- President Aquino wants a review of the country’s preparedness in dealing with earthquakes and tsunamis and the Senate wants a probe on the same matter, even as an apparently forgotten report on the “Moro Gulf Tsunami of 17 August 1976” written 33 years ago, had recommended simple but doable preparations on what to do and where to go, should a tsunami strike again.

Babu Minang, survivor of 1976 tsunami: “Nothing was left”

“After the earthquake, we went outside the house and heard a strange sound. My father said it was the wind. But the coconut fronds were not moving. A niece said it sounded like water. Two huge waves came rushing in. It was so fast. I lost consciousness. When I came to, I was on the side of the mountain.”

Second of two parts: Ex-Navy whistleblower says she has evidence on AFP fund mess

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 February) -- In her letter, which the PPTRP obtained, Ex-Navy Lt. Senior Grade Nancy Grace Gadian alleged that in the 2002 and 2007 Balikatan exercises where she was involved, it was usual for AFP activities to be conducted without official funds because fund transfer is delayed. To address the problem, loans are made from “dealers” with connections to military officers, a scheme described by Gadian as “cost of money.”

SPECIAL REPORT: Ex-Navy whistleblower says she has evidence on AFP fund mess

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 February) -- A female former junior Navy officer who blew the whistle about the alleged corruption in the joint RP-US Balikatan military exercises four years ago has not gone into oblivion, showing up recently in a fighting mode as the controversial fund mess rocking the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) continues to grip the nation’s attention.

Smaller tuna catches worry traders

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 January)—High-quality large tuna stocks caught and unloaded daily in this port city, the “Tuna Capital of the Philippines,” are getting...

SPECIAL REPORT: Bt crops: boon to farmers or genetic hoax? (3)

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 Dec) - Sometime in 1961, Minnesota Senator Hubert Humphrey declared: "Agriculture is the greatest story America has ever had... The scourge of the world today is hunger and famine, and we're the only nation in the world in a position to do something about it. It's a far more powerful weapon than nuclear fusion. The Russians may be cheating on nuclear tests, but we're not cheating on agriculture. We're only timid about using it as a weapon for peace."

SPECIAL REPORT: Bt crops: Arguments for and against (2)

SPECIAL REPORT 2nd of three parts DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Dec) - Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a soil bacterium embedded in the genomes of plants such as...

SPECIAL REPORT: Bt crops: boon to farmers or genetic hoax? (1)

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 December) -- In the 1970s, at the onset of the martial law era, the Marcos government implemented a program called the "Green Revolution," which purported to increase agricultural production many times over using "modern" farming methods. Farmers were convinced to plant hybrid rice varieties churned out by scientists at the International Rice Research Institute of the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, with ample help from multinational companies and donor institutions such as the Rockefeller Foundation and even by United Nations agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization and UN Development Programme.

Lanao town attacked in ’08 forms peace commission

KAUSWAGAN, Lanao del Norte (MindaNews/13 August) -- The municipal government here has formed its own peace commission to enhance peaceful coexistence among Christians and...

The “Presidentiables” and Mindanao 2010-2016 (9): On Elections 2010

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews) — Will the election next month be a watershed, a turning point, a defining moment for the Philippines as it was...

The “Presidentiables” and Mindanao 2010-2016 (8) On foreign ownership,on US military

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews) — In September 2008, a month after the controversy of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) broke out, Speaker...

The “Presidentiables” and Mindanao 2010-2016 (7): On Charter Change

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews) – It has been suggested that one of the solutions to the conflict between the Philippine government and the Bangsamoro is...

The “Presidentiables” and Mindanao 2010-2016 (6): Goin’, Growin’ Bananas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 April) -- The latest Green Electoral Initiative survey of Greenpeace Southeast Asia and Ecowaste Coalition shows that seven of the nine...

The “Presidentiables” and Mindanao 2010-2016 (5): Logging, Mining,

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 April) -- How do the Presidential aspirants care for the environment. Do they care at all? Are they aware of environmental...

The “Presidentiables” and Mindanao 2010-2016 (4): On loose firearms and warlords

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 April) -- On November 29, 2008, then National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales told a gathering of young Mindanawon leaders in Davao...

SPECIAL REPORT The “Presidentiables” and Mindanao 2010-2016 (3):The Bakwits, the NPA the Abu Sayyaf

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 April) – There were more villagers displaced by war under the Estrada administration in 2000 but the Arroyo administration will be...

The “Presidentiables” and Mindanao 2010-2016 (2): On the Bangsamoro peace processes

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 April) -- The Arroyo administration started in January 2001 with a supposed “all-out peace” policy but two wars broke out against...

SPECIAL REPORT The “Presidentiables” and Mindanao 2010-2016 (1): Their Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 April) -- How do the Presidential aspirants view Mindanao? What will be the first thing they’d do for Mindanao when elected?...

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