Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte and former Mutya ng Dabaw winner Fila Guia Hidalgo were among the personalities who joined the city’s event for the One Billion Rising for Justice Campaign on Valentine’s Day February 14.
“Nakakatulong ang armas sa atin sa gera noon pang Martial Law, pero ang palaging paggamit ng armas nakakasira din. (Arms helped us in the war during Martial Law. But the frequent use of arms will be destructive as well). I’ve been fighting for forty years; I see more destruction in arms.”
Speaking before a Mindanao peace summit that gathered around 200 participants on Tuesday, Iqbal, who also heads the Bangsamoro Transition Council (BTC) said the Sabah claim is a “bilateral issue” between the Philippine and the Malaysian governments that “should be addressed through a dialog.”
While saying he is not interested in the 2016 presidential race, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte makes a doublespeak when he said he could consult communists and other rebel groups.
A breakaway Moro guerrilla group in Central Mindanao said the main bulk of its forces were out of harm’s way of government military artillery shellings and that its forces were divided into engaging in gunbattles or planting and indoctrination of its mass base.
The New People’s Army in Bukidnon owned up to burning equipment worth P11-million in a multinational fruit plantation in Valencia, Bukidnon.
New People’s Army and farmers belonging to a revolutionary municipal committee in Compostela Valley hoist up revolutionary flags during the Communist Party of the Philippines’ 45th founding anniversary on December 26. (Earl O. Condeza/ davaotoday.com)
Members of the media were forced to stop at army and police checkpoints on three separate occasions Thursday after covering the 45th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
“Because of the Party’s effort, small farmers and lumads were given help. Since the communal farming began, the people were able to eat and survive),” said Ka Sixto, leader of the red area’s Municipal Revolutionary Committee
“It’s a fundamental question for business: is it good to do business in the mountains? Do we give in to them? it’s a reality that has to be talked openly, since the NPA is more active now in Region 11, notwithstanding the statements from the AFP” Mayor Duterte said.