Posts by tag: Peace Process

11 years ago

Basilan beheadings: Dishonoring the dead

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The Black & White Movement condemns in the strongest possible terms the beheading of ten marine soldiers following a firefight with members of the 8th Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT). “It is an inhuman and barbaric act that has no place in any civilized society and we ask that all means be exhausted to bring the perpetrators to justice”, says BnW lead convenor Enteng Romano.

11 years ago

Palace paving way for Misuari’s Jeddah trip

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Malacanang assured today the Saudi Arabian government that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari shall be provided with unarmed security personnel during his trip to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to attend the three-party peace talks among representatives of the Philippines, the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the MILF.

11 years ago

MILF, troops in heaviest fighting in months

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The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has been fighting for a separate Islamic state for Filipino Muslims in the south the past three decades, said the violence could have been avoided had the military coordinated with them the troops’ entry to Tipo-tipo, which the rebels consider as part of their territory. We have all the mechanism in the ceasefire that allows coordination and to prevent this kind of unfortunate incident, said a front spokesman.

11 years ago

Manipulation, deceit behind changes in peace panel?

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Former presidential adviser on the peace process Teresita Quintos Deles today released a statement questioning not so much the reported appointment of Senator Jun Magsaysay as head of the government’s negotiating panel in the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front but the departure from the panel of Silvestre Afable. “From the different stories circulating about how this unexpected situation came about, we cannot help but suspect the large play of manipulation and deception behind this sudden changing of the guards,” Deles said.

11 years ago

Gov’t, MILF urged: Extend life of ceasefire body

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Without the intervention by the AHJAG — which investigates incidents of violence or disturbance that, on many occasions in the past, complicated the negotiations — elements from the military and the MILF could easily engage in confrontation, given the often unknown or unclear origins of violent conflicts, particularly in the MILF areas in Central Mindanao. Criminal syndicates operate in that area and their activities have often been blamed on the MILF, thus complicating the peace process and the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.