Author Archives: AMIRAH ALI LIDASAN

1 year ago

Jolo bombings need investigation, not Martial Law

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Jolo bombings need investigation, not Martial Law

Martial Law would have been imposed in the entire province of Sulu after the “twin bombings” that happened on August 24. But due to the clamor of the people, the local government, civil society and human rights groups, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and even legislators, Philippine Army Chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana withdrew his recommendation for it. Fifteen people were killed in the bombings including soldiers, policemen and civilians, with 75 others injured. Even President Rodrigo Duterte avoided mentioning aobut Martial Law during his visit in Jolo on August 30.

3 years ago

Exposing Duterte’s Dubious Peace Offer (Part 2)

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Exposing Duterte’s Dubious Peace Offer (Part 2)

Until the root cause of the conflict is not resolved, peace in the Bangsamoro is a far-fetched thing. The Moro people continue to fight for their rights because these are not recognized in Philippine governance as with the rest of the marginalized people.

3 years ago

Exposing Duterte’s Dubious Peace Offer (Part 1)

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Exposing Duterte’s Dubious Peace Offer (Part 1)

What was achieved in this latest BBL is the strengthening of the national government’s hold over the new Bangsamoro entity by maintaining the primacy of national laws above regional laws, increasing reserved powers over defense and security as well as public order and safety and the continuing State and corporate control of resources within the Bangsamoro areas.