Moros submit to Duterte copy of own proposed Bangsamoro State Constitution

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, June 16, received a copy of the draft Bangsamoro State Constitution, an alternative solution within the framework of federalism drafted by a 19-member All Moro Convention. Lawyer Michael Mastura, president of the All Moro Convention … Continue reading Moros submit to Duterte copy of own proposed Bangsamoro State Constitution

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Aquino wants Mindanaoans to manage Agus-Polangui hydro-power plant

DAVAO CITY — Local government officials welcomed the statement of President Benigno Aquino III to give a chance for the Mindanaoans to manage its power. This, as President Aquino stated that privatization of the Agus-Polangui hydro-power plant will be given to the people of Mindanao. Davao Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, in a chance interview Monday after the People’s Organizations Forum hosted by the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) held at the Grand Regal Hotel here, said the President’s pronouncement was exactly what the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has proposed for the creation of a Mindanao Power Corporation, which shall serve … Continue reading Aquino wants Mindanaoans to manage Agus-Polangui hydro-power plant

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GPH-MILF PEACE TALKS RESUME – Stalemate seen ahead

PEACE TALKS. Government peace panel chair Marvic Leonen (L) and MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal sign Joint Statement to resume talks in the presence of Malaysian facilitator Dato’ Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed in Kuala Lumpur last year . Photo courtesy of OPAPP The Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) resumed peace negotiations in Kuala Lumpur Monday morning, Marc 19, 2012, 12 days before the end of the first quarter but instead of  forging an agreement by March 31, the two panels appear headed for a stalemate, government maintaining as it did in its “3 for 1” … Continue reading GPH-MILF PEACE TALKS RESUME – Stalemate seen ahead

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President Benigno Aquino and his ‘all-out injustice’

    Under Erap, it was “all out war.” Under GMA, it became “all out peace.” Now, under PNoy, it has become “all out justice.” The word replacement may make it sound like three different things, but these three “all-outs” reflect the consistent militarist policy the government has used towards resolving conflict in Mindanao, whatever the context.     Erap’s “all out war” in 2000 caused the displacement of 200,000 people, the illegal arrests and torture of hundreds, and the deaths of not less than 100 civilians. GMA’s “all out peace” meant waging two major wars against the MILF, in 2003 and … Continue reading President Benigno Aquino and his ‘all-out injustice’

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Aboitiz Power P25-billion Davao City coal-fired power plant hits snag

DUTERTE: We were made to believe that the coal-fired plant will only be using seawater. It appears, though, that 1,500 cubic meters of freshwater will be extracted daily from the underground water reservoir BY ROGER M. BALANZA         After being endorsed by the Davao City Council, the proposed Aboitiz Power P25-billion, 300-MW Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustion (CFB) coal-fired power plant has hit a snag, with no less than Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte opposing its plan to pump water from the city aquifer.         Duterte, the city council’s presiding officer, on Thursday blocked approval of a resolution reclassifying to heavy industrial … Continue reading Aboitiz Power P25-billion Davao City coal-fired power plant hits snag

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GPH-MILF PEACE TALKS – Litmus test for thorny issues

GPH chair says patience, openness needed during exploratory talks with MILF The government’s chief negotiator said patience and openness will be tested to the litmus to resolve thorny issues during the exploratory talks with Muslim rebels to reach a consensus that would lead to a genuine and lasting peace in Mindanao. Prof. Marvic Leonen, chair of the government peace panel negotiating with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), made the statement at the opening of the 22nd exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. “I am sure that our patience will be tested as we go through each other’s proposals. … Continue reading GPH-MILF PEACE TALKS – Litmus test for thorny issues

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DUTERTE: ‘War not the answer to Mindanao’s woes’

inFRONTPAGE PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO.74, August 15-21, 2011 by ROGER M. BALANZA Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday called on the government to open more windows for talking peace with all rebels groups, as fighting erupted … Continue reading DUTERTE: ‘War not the answer to Mindanao’s woes’

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MinDA welcomes solons’ call for inquiry into reports of mining support

DAVAO CITY — The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) today issued a statement welcoming the calls of two Mindanao solons for inquiry into the purported support provided by MinDA to the mining sector in Mindanao. “We welcome this call from Representatives Rufus and Maximo Rodriguez who had been supportive of MinDA’s policy initiatives in the House. Maybe this is an opportunity to clarify the issue as apparently the information that reached them notably lacked both substance and context,” she added. Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District) and Abante-Mindanao Party-list Representative Maximo Rodriguez were reported in a local daily in … Continue reading MinDA welcomes solons’ call for inquiry into reports of mining support

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Jemaah Islamiyah eyed in Cotabato City blast

BY ROGER M. BALANZA inAROUNDMINDANAO PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO.73, August 8-14, 2011 Terrorists with links to the Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah, the Asian cell of the international terrorist group al-Qaeda, had a hand in last week’s blast in Cotabato City that killed two persons, according to a military officer. The explosion was carried out by suspects with alleged links to the Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah, said Lieutenant Colonel Prudencio Asto, apokesman of the Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Division. The August 2 blast has led to the inevitable that dealt a blow to local tourism: United Kingdom warning its citizens against … Continue reading Jemaah Islamiyah eyed in Cotabato City blast

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Zamboanga mayor hopes peace pact finalized under Noynoy

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Mayor Celso Lobregat is hopeful that the peace agreement between the government and the rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will be finalized within the term of President Noynoy Aquino and most importantly that it will be within the framework of the Constitution. Lobregat said this in reaction to reports that President Aquino met with MILF chair Al Hadj Murad Ibrahim in Tokyo, Japan on Aug. 4, to discuss possible approaches in moving the peace process forward. “Hopefully the peace agreement will be completed within the term of President Noynoy”, the mayor said emphasizing that it … Continue reading Zamboanga mayor hopes peace pact finalized under Noynoy

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MILF thumbs down privatized hydropower, gas exploration

inAROUNDMINDANAO PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO.73, August 8-14, 2011 KORONADAL CITY — The rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF) wants government to hold on to hydropower plants in Mindanao, and has expressed opposition to the privatization of the Agus and Pulangui plants. The MILF has also urged the government to suspend  gas exploration in Sulu, saying that the exploration was not consulted with the Bangsamoro people. The MILF decision on the hydropower plants and gas exploration was expressed in a resolution last week during a meeting by the MILF central committee in Camp Darapanan, the rebel’s sprawling camp … Continue reading MILF thumbs down privatized hydropower, gas exploration

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