Duterte appeals for Muslim unity as Congress deliberates on BBL

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday appealed for unity as Congress is set to decide on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) aimed at ending the decades-long Mindanao separatism. Also Read: THE DURIAN BEAT: Hating the Moro and the Bangsamoro In his speech … Continue reading Duterte appeals for Muslim unity as Congress deliberates on BBL

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Discovering Malaysia and Al-Quran Reading

By Gemima C. Valderrama with Ed R. Fernandez Malaysia is one discovery Davaoeños hold with amazement as they realize their connectedness to the Malay race. Tourists from different races come and go to Malaysia, one of the top tourist destinations in Southeast Asia.  But among the almost 25 million tourist arrivals in Malaysia, a group of Mindanawons from the Davao Region experienced heaven on earth to the place called tourist paradise. As Malaysia hosted the weeklong annual International Qur’an Reading Competition or Tilawah Al-Qur’an in the month of July before the Ramadhan, a group of Dabawenyos visited Malaysia and gave … Continue reading Discovering Malaysia and Al-Quran Reading

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DUTERTE: ‘War not the answer to Mindanao’s woes’

inFRONTPAGE PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO.74, August 15-21, 2011 by ROGER M. BALANZA Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday called on the government to open more windows for talking peace with all rebels groups, as fighting erupted … Continue reading DUTERTE: ‘War not the answer to Mindanao’s woes’

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DUTERTE ADVISES PRESIDENT AQUINO TO TALK PEACE WITH THE OTHER MORO REBEL GROUP

by ROGER M. BALANZA What about the MNLF? Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has praised President Benigno Aquino for his backdoor approach to talking peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), but advised the government should also engage the Moro … Continue reading DUTERTE ADVISES PRESIDENT AQUINO TO TALK PEACE WITH THE OTHER MORO REBEL GROUP

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Jemaah Islamiyah eyed in Cotabato City blast

BY ROGER M. BALANZA inAROUNDMINDANAO PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO.73, August 8-14, 2011 Terrorists with links to the Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah, the Asian cell of the international terrorist group al-Qaeda, had a hand in last week’s blast in Cotabato City that killed two persons, according to a military officer. The explosion was carried out by suspects with alleged links to the Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah, said Lieutenant Colonel Prudencio Asto, apokesman of the Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Division. The August 2 blast has led to the inevitable that dealt a blow to local tourism: United Kingdom warning its citizens against … Continue reading Jemaah Islamiyah eyed in Cotabato City blast

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Zamboanga mayor hopes peace pact finalized under Noynoy

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Mayor Celso Lobregat is hopeful that the peace agreement between the government and the rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will be finalized within the term of President Noynoy Aquino and most importantly that it will be within the framework of the Constitution. Lobregat said this in reaction to reports that President Aquino met with MILF chair Al Hadj Murad Ibrahim in Tokyo, Japan on Aug. 4, to discuss possible approaches in moving the peace process forward. “Hopefully the peace agreement will be completed within the term of President Noynoy”, the mayor said emphasizing that it … Continue reading Zamboanga mayor hopes peace pact finalized under Noynoy

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MILF thumbs down privatized hydropower, gas exploration

inAROUNDMINDANAO PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO.73, August 8-14, 2011 KORONADAL CITY — The rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF) wants government to hold on to hydropower plants in Mindanao, and has expressed opposition to the privatization of the Agus and Pulangui plants. The MILF has also urged the government to suspend  gas exploration in Sulu, saying that the exploration was not consulted with the Bangsamoro people. The MILF decision on the hydropower plants and gas exploration was expressed in a resolution last week during a meeting by the MILF central committee in Camp Darapanan, the rebel’s sprawling camp … Continue reading MILF thumbs down privatized hydropower, gas exploration

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More projects for Mindanao evacuees

PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO.73, August 8-14, 2011 BY ROGER M BALANZA MINDANAO EVACUEES. Children lining up for rice porridge at an evacuation center in North Cotabato It’s as if angels are coming down from heaven to make life for  internally displaced communities in conflict-rocked Central Mindanao more bearable. Some 12 IDP sites in North Cotabato and Lanao del Norte were recently identified for key assistance under the GPH-UNDP-EC Early Recovery and Rehabilitation Project in Central Mindanao (ERRCM), a project designed to help facilitate return, resettlement and early recovery of some 30 conflict-affected communities in Mindanao since the 2008 … Continue reading More projects for Mindanao evacuees

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For the sake of peace in Mindanao

Stakeholders urged to pool resources CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—A leading Jesuit peace advocate in Mindanao urged all peace stakeholders to pool their resources together to help the government in putting an end to the so-called Mindanao conflict and bring about genuine and lasting peace in the southern Philippines. “It is a part of the challenges of the peace process—that we pool our resources together,” said Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D., during the Bishops, Governors and CSOs Conference on Conflict Transformation Towards Good Governance at the International Center for Peace (IC Peace) in Mindanao of the Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. … Continue reading For the sake of peace in Mindanao

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Mindanao photobook, interfaith book and history book launched

A PHOTOBOOK of Mindanao’s first decade in the new millennium. A book on the history of the travails of the Bangsamoro peace process. And a book on everyday stories of inter-religious dialogue and peace-building in Mindanao. “Troubled Odyssey” by Patricio P. Diaz, “Fields of Hope: Stories of Inter-religious Dialogue and Peace-building” by Fr. Roberto C. Layson, OMI and “Mindanao into the 21st Century: A Photographic Journey” will be launched by the Mindanao News and Information Cooperative Center (MindaNews) on Friday, July 8 at the Mandaya Hotel, as part its 10th anniversary celebration. In his preview, Diaz wrote: “‘Odyssey,’ the word … Continue reading Mindanao photobook, interfaith book and history book launched

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