Traditional leaders of the royal sultanates of Mindanao gathered Thursday here to express their support to the Bangsamoro peace process and the move to shift to a federal form of government.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines called for an investigation into the September 2003 killing of Davao broadcaster Jun Pala, a known critic of then mayor and now Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Amid the criticisms and attempts to bloc her appointment, various environmentalists expressed their support Wednesday to the confirmation of appointment of Gina Lopez, secretary of Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
As a gesture of support on the resumption of peace talks, the National Democratic Front in Mindanao announced Thursday the slated released of the six prisoners of wars who were held captive by the New People’s Army.
Progressive group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan has no problem if Malacañang opted to have a simple commemoration of the EDSA People Power uprising this year. But it warned the administration of “muting” the lessons of the struggle against the dictatorship.
The parents of two members of the Cafgu Active Auxiliary captured by the New People’s Army in Davao Oriental last February 14 appealed to the communists to release them.
Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez told her detractors to stop hurling her accusations for ordering the closure of 23 mines and cancelling 75 mining contracts in watershed areas early this month.
The government of the People’s Republic of China donated Tuesday a total of $600,000 (P30,211,800 million) to the local government of Davao City.
The government is opting for a simpler commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power on Friday, February 24, officials said.
Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said the president still desires to bring just and lasting peace in the country weeks after the unilateral interim ceasefire of both the government and Communists were ended early this month.