Pamatong’s Satanic Bill

The Durian Beat By ROGER M. BALANZA The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie was published in 1988 and was inspired in part by the life of Muhammad. Rushdie used magical realism and relied on contemporary events and people to create … Continue reading Pamatong’s Satanic Bill

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MNLF backs Sema vs. Yu kidnapping

          The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MNL) has strongly condemned attempts to link its chairman, Cotabato City Vice Mayor Muslimin Sema, to the kidnapping of businesswoman Adin Yu and has demanded that the Philippine National Police (PNP) clear him from the false accusation.           In Resolution No. 10, Series of 2011, titled “Resolution to inform the Organization of Islamic Countries, Peace Committee In Southern Philippines (OIC/PCISP) on Philippine National Police (PNP) implicating  the MNLF Chairman  in the kidnapping of a Chinese  trader in Cotabato City,” the MNLF described the attempt to drag Sema into the case as “purely baseless” and … Continue reading MNLF backs Sema vs. Yu kidnapping

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Muslim group backs PH-MILF peace talks

          DAVAO CITY –  A broad formation of Muslims in Mindanao has expressed its support to the recent developments in the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at the start of the informal talks held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last January 13, 2011.           The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) also congratulated the panels of the Philippine government chaired by Marvic Leonen, dean of the College of Law of the University of the Philippines, and the legal advisers of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) for “initialing a draft bill … Continue reading Muslim group backs PH-MILF peace talks

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PIÑOL URGED TO HEED CALLS FOR PEACE

   The Mindanao Peoples Caucus (MPC) calls upon all peace loving Mindanaoans to unite and remain steadfast in our peace efforts in the light of this renewed attempt by the Piñol brothers of North Cotabato to sabotage the peace negotiations.  For the second time, Piñol has filed a petition for Prohibition and Mandamus before the Supreme Court in order “to compel the national government to “divulge to the public the contents of a reported draft peace agreement” between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and to “stop government from signing … Continue reading PIÑOL URGED TO HEED CALLS FOR PEACE

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A WAKE UP CALL: Philippines with highest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the world

Mindanao Peoples Caucus Statement May 11, 2009 TWO years back, the Philippines has been named one of the most corrupt countries in the world by Transparency International.  In 2008, the Philippines hit a new world record and like the most corrupt record, this new record brings only shame and international concern.  According to Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), a Geneva-based leading international body monitoring conflict-induced internal displacement, the Philippines ranked first in the number of IDPs worldwide by registering 600,000 evacuees in 2008.  This figure is higher than that of Sudan (550,000) — a country similarly long beset by internal … Continue reading A WAKE UP CALL: Philippines with highest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the world

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THE MILF-JI ALLIANCE

MYVIEWS By RINA DE JESUS                   One of the many unfettered arrogance of the lawless elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is their penchant to flaunt their firepower. We wonder in awe how and where these marauders secure their high-powered firearms and ammunitions that are capable of mass destructions knowing fully-well that these costs substantial amount of money. This question finds an answer to the recent discovery by the military operatives of veritable alliance of the Jemaah Islamiyah, a terrorist band of Al Qaeda operatives operating in Indonesia , Malaysia and Mindanao in the Philippines .   Government … Continue reading THE MILF-JI ALLIANCE

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DATU PAGLAS: The man who couldn’t wait for peace

Toto Paglas, 47, the “best governor the ARMM never had” MARAWI CITY (MindaNews) — “The best governor the ARMM never had.” “The Muslim-Christian bridge builder.” “The Man Who Couldn’t Wait for Peace.” “The Datu in Sandals and Denims.” Days before the 6th elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, accolades were poured on businessman Ibrahim “Toto” Paglas III, 47, in a Mindanao e-group on news two days ago that he was in the intensive care unit of the Davao Doctors Hospital for meningitis. He was actually in coma and passed away at around 2:15 p.m. yesterday. As mayor of … Continue reading DATU PAGLAS: The man who couldn’t wait for peace

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Pinol: al-Qaeda, Jemaah Islamiyah to rule Bangsamoro homeland

By ROGER M. BALANZA               The Bangsamoro homeland proposed in a pact between the Philippine government and the secessionist group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has the al-Qaeda and the Jemaah Islamiyah lurking in its shadows.             North Cotabato Vice Governor Manuel Pinol said the terrorist groups would eventually have control of the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE) which expands coverage of Muslim ancestral domain land in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).             Pinol has expressed fear the al-Qaeda, the international terrorist group of Osama bin Laden, and its Southeast Asian cell Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), would have Mindanao … Continue reading Pinol: al-Qaeda, Jemaah Islamiyah to rule Bangsamoro homeland

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Mindanao conflict: A vicious cycle of endless fighting

A ceasefire may clear the path to peace talks between the Philippine government and the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), but the political aspects of the conflict for peace to reign in troubled Mindanao. Without these political aspects resolved, there will be no end to the fighting, said Muhammad Ameen, chairperson of the MILF Secretariat, in a report posted at the MILF website luwaran.com. “Ceasefire today, fighting tomorrow, again ceasefire the next day after, and then fighting. There is going to be an endless cycle of fighting, temporary truce, suffering, peace-making, ” said Ameen. This developed as the multi-sectoral … Continue reading Mindanao conflict: A vicious cycle of endless fighting

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Mindanao Alliance for Peace

MANIFESTO OF THE MINDANAO ALLIANCE FOR PEACE June 22, 2008 The Mindanao Alliance for Peace (MAP), a broad alliance of civil society organizations, people’s organization and individual peace advocates in Mindanao, strongly believes that a negotiated political settlement is still the best way of resolving the age-old conflict in Mindanao . The alliance believes that prolonging the impasse in the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will inevitably lead to war between the two protagonists. It could also tempt and invite anti-peace groups and peace spoilers to … Continue reading Mindanao Alliance for Peace

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MILF not meddling in ARMM polls

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is keeping its hands off the coming elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The Philippines’ largest Islamic separatist rebel group has ordered its forces to stay out of the elections. The campaign period has started for next month’s polls in the Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao in Southern Philippines. More than one million Muslims are set to vote on August 11 a new set of officials for the ARMM’s six provinces. The MILF is more than keeping the elections free: the separatist group does not recognize the Philippine Constitution and in … Continue reading MILF not meddling in ARMM polls

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