Bangsamoro Transition Authority to assume ARMM leadership Feb. 26

The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), headed by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief Al Haj Murad Ebrahim as chief minister, on Tuesday will assume the leadership of an interim body that will govern the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao … Continue reading Bangsamoro Transition Authority to assume ARMM leadership Feb. 26

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DUTERTE, MISUARI IN HISTORIC MEET ON MINDANAO PEACE

MISUARI VOWS TO HELP DUTERTE FIND LASTING PEACE IN MINDANAO “You can count on us, Mr. President” BY ROGER M. BALANZA Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari pledged support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s search for lasting peace … Continue reading DUTERTE, MISUARI IN HISTORIC MEET ON MINDANAO PEACE

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MILF breakaway may sow violence; Misuari, MNLF urged to join peace accord

  The military celebrated the government’s signing of the final hurdle in the peace pact, saying this will contribute to the reduction of violence in Mindanao. But Col. Dickson Hermoso, spokesman of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, which operates in … Continue reading MILF breakaway may sow violence; Misuari, MNLF urged to join peace accord

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MNLF leaders want GPH-MILF talks at faster pace

ASK GOVERNMENT TO NAME MISUARI AS OFFICER-IN-CHARGE OF MUSLIM AUTONOMOUS REGION BY ROGER M. BALANZA Leaders of the Moro National Liberation (MNLF) headed by Nur Misuari is looking up at the ongoing peace negotiation between the Philippine government and the … Continue reading MNLF leaders want GPH-MILF talks at faster pace

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GPH-MILF PEACE TALKS – Litmus test for thorny issues

GPH chair says patience, openness needed during exploratory talks with MILF The government’s chief negotiator said patience and openness will be tested to the litmus to resolve thorny issues during the exploratory talks with Muslim rebels to reach a consensus that would lead to a genuine and lasting peace in Mindanao. Prof. Marvic Leonen, chair of the government peace panel negotiating with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), made the statement at the opening of the 22nd exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. “I am sure that our patience will be tested as we go through each other’s proposals. … Continue reading GPH-MILF PEACE TALKS – Litmus test for thorny issues

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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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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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Business leaders lauds MILF peace efforts

Business leaders in Mindanao has praised the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for its efforts to conduct a series of dialogues with the business sector, one of which was held in Davao City in May. The MILF-business leaders’ dialogue opens more avenues for the MILF and business to work together for the future of Mindanao, said a businessman from Davao City who attended the dialogue held at the Waterfront Insular Hotel. Mohagler Iqbal of the MILF peace panel said one of the most difficult sectors to address is the business sector “because of its quick ability in reading situations.” “The … Continue reading Business leaders lauds MILF peace efforts

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Jabidah massacre remembered

Young Muslims commemorate the 43rd year of the Jabidah Massacre last Friday. The Jabidah massacre refers to a grim footnote in 1967 wherein Army forces killed several mutinous Muslim recruits under their supervision. The young Moro fighters were being trained by an over-aggressive government to invade Sabah, a hotly contested territory off the coast of East Malaysia. The commemoration was sponsored by the non-government organizations Suara Bangsamoro and Khadidja Moro Women. Continue reading Jabidah massacre remembered

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Pamatong’s Satanic Bill

The Durian Beat By ROGER M. BALANZA The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie was published in 1988 and was inspired in part by the life of Muhammad. Rushdie used magical realism and relied on contemporary events and people to create … Continue reading Pamatong’s Satanic Bill

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