Sulu Gov. Tan likened to Maguindanao’s Ampatuans

GROUP SLAMS TAN’S BID FOR ARMM GOVERNOR Peace advocates and human rights defenders under the Free Cocoy Tulawie Movement are gravely concerned about recent reports on the announcement of Sulu Governor Abdulsakur Tan, a known warlord and human rights violator, of his plan to run as next Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor, while his son will take on his position as next Governor of Sulu. The current reform efforts in the ARMM will surely be put to waste if we turn this over to another “Ampatuan-like” politician. We therefore condemn his plan to run as ARMM governor. Also, … Continue reading Sulu Gov. Tan likened to Maguindanao’s Ampatuans

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Families of Ampatuan massacre victims seeking compensation

The legal counsel of the families of the victims in the Ampatuan massacre urged President Benigno S. Aquino III to give due compensation to the heirs of the victims given that majority of those involved in the crime were government functionaries when the incident happened 11 months ago. Atty. Harry Roque, private prosecutor in the Ampatuan Massacre trial said under the International Humanitarian Law, it is the duty of the state to give just compensation to the families of those denied of their right to life especially when most of the perpetrators were people in the government. He said the … Continue reading Families of Ampatuan massacre victims seeking compensation

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Mall slaying no effect on Davao City tourism

Davao City — The recent killing of an alleged massacre suspect inside a Davao City mall will not affect tourism efforts this according to Department of Tourism Regional Director Sonia Garcia. “It is an isolated incident and does not happen everyday,” Garcia said referring to the death of a certain Tamano Kamendan, who was allegedly gunned down by police security escorts of Buluan Maguindanao Vice-Mayor Esmael Mangudadato after a scuffle inside the mall. Garcia said she is still confident that the killing won’t affect the tourism climate in the city and said that it won’t stop the DOT from promoting … Continue reading Mall slaying no effect on Davao City tourism

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Mindanao Civil Society Statement on the Ampatuan Massacre

November 27, 2009 (Read during the Ecumenical Gathering for Peace and Justice on November 27, 2009 held at Matina Town Square, Davao City)  Representing the tri-people civil society of Mindanao – Lumad, Muslim and Settler – we reaffirm the strength of our mutual solidarity as diverse peoples and groups in this dark time.  As people unified in our belief that the human spirit cannot be extinguished, even by death, we acknowledge the centrality of our diverse spirituality in nurturing our spirits in this time of trauma. While this tragedy cuts across gender, social, religious, familial and cultural boundaries, we assert … Continue reading Mindanao Civil Society Statement on the Ampatuan Massacre

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