A Lumad group slammed the Armed Forces of the Philippines for its continued offensive operations and encampment in several indigenous communities in the region.
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City Mayor Sarah Duterte on Wednesday morning gave a belated response to the New People’s Army’s earlier plan to hold talks with her, saying she is deferring to the results of the ongoing fourth round of peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in the Netherlands.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte fired on Monday Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno for “loss of trust and confidence” in the wake of corruption and abuse of power issues.
A militant and a local human rights group here scored a police officer who ordered the bloody dispersal of protesting farmers in Kidapawan City last year, now appointed as Davao’s top police officer.
A peace advocate here appealed to both government and the communist group to pursue what it called a “genuine dialogue” that would usher a just and lasting peace in the country.
Danilo Nadal, 37, was a member of Hugpong sa mga Mag-uuma sa Pantukan (HUMAPAN), a local farmer’s group in the said town. He sustained 10 gunshot wounds.
The “people’s court” of the National Democratic Front in Southern Mindanao indicted former President Benigno Aquino III, North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza, Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista, North Cotabato Representative Nancy Catamco, for “crimes against humanity” following the death of two farmers during the Kidapawan bloody dispersal of 6, 000 Lumad and farmers in April, last year.
Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano ordered the reinstallation of several agrarian reform beneficiaries from Mindanao.
As the slated April peace talks drew near, the Communist Party of the Philippines over the weekend said that it is optimistic that the government and the National Democratic Front would forge an agreement on socio-economic reforms including two other equally essential reforms— political and constitutional.
The Department of Science and Technology here announced Friday that the revival of the Mindanao Science and Technology Centrum is being worked out after a Memorandum of Agreement signed between the agency and the Learning by Doing Technologies Training Resource Center, Inc. Engr. Reyman Zamora of LEADTECH, said the centrum is presently being repaired and renovated as one of the terms of the agreement signed on March 3, this year.