Confronted with brutal realities, what do Filipinos do?

Forty-four members of the Special Action Force, the elite group of the Philippine National Police, were killed by the rebel Muslim group the Aquino government has signed a peace agreement with. Yet, social media denizens are in an impassioned discussion over Philippine Miss Universe pageant candidate MJ Lastimosa’s “cake gown.” Last Monday, Direk Joey Reyes […]

January 28, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, Mindanao, Philippine National Police  28 Comments

‘A Framework with missing Agreements’

By Raul C. Pangalangan Philippine Daily Inquirer One more not rise to a standing ovation for a trailer even before the movie is made, lest unrealistic expectations spoil the actual viewing. Similarly, the Framework Agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is a milestone for sure, but unrestrained hype may well derail peace in the […]

October 21, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Mindanao  8 Comments

Bangsamoro is born

Speech of President Aquino on the Framework Agreement with the MILF Dalawang henerasyon na po ang lumilipas mula noong magsimula ang hidwaan sa Mindanao. Isang siklo ng karahasang umangkin sa buhay ng mahigit isandaang libong Pilipino—hindi lamang ng mga kawal at mandirigma, kundi pati mga inosenteng sibilyang dumanak ang dugo dahil sa alitang puwede namang […]

October 7, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Bangsamoro  4 Comments

Paliwanag ni Deles tungkol sa P5 milyon

Halatang-halata ang sama ng loob ni Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles na pinagdududahan ang kayang katapatan kay Pangulong Aquino sa kanyang pahayag na sagot kay Sen.Francis Escudero na binatikos siya sa kanyang mga kwestyonable na mga payo kay Pangulong Aquino. Sa simula ng kanyang sinabi na niya kaagad na nag-resign siya noong […]

October 29, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Peace Process  31 Comments

Destab rumors as diversion: a turnoff

No doubt that Gloria Arroyo and her cohorts would encourage dissatisfaction with the Aquino government but floating a destabilization rumor to divert attention from the Malacanang’s public management bungling of the Oct. 18 Albarka tragedy is a big turnoff. Peace adviser: MILF to be charged if P5-M aid misspent The Aquino administration on Thursday vowed […]

October 27, 2011  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Military  35 Comments

Inis si Aquino sa military, hindi sa MILF, sa nangyaring trahedya sa Al-Barka

Kung hindi nagagalit o ayaw galitin ni Pangulong Aquino ang Moro Islamic Liberation Front sa nangyari sa Basilan at sa Zamboanga Sibugay, siguro dapat huwag na muna siya manisi sa military na ngayon ay nagdadalamhati sa pagkamatay ng 26 nilang kasama sa loob ng isang linggo. Ewan lang kung ganun din ang dating sa iba. […]

October 23, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Military  201 Comments

Pres. Aquino meets with MILF chair Murad

Related article: PNoy-Murad meet: “a great leap forward” for the peace process By Carolyn O. Arguillas Mindanews GENERAL SANTOS CITY- Now the silence can be explained. President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim shook hands and talked peace for two hours in a hotel in Japan […]

August 5, 2011  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Mindanao, Peace Process  252 Comments

Advocates renew call for peace in Mindanao

by Khrysta Imperial Rara VERA Files My son wants to be an MILF commander,” said 38-year-old Abdulbasit Benito, a peace advocate based in Cotobato City. “He wants to fight soldiers because they are causing displacement and poverty.” Benito’s son, Hareeth Djibril, is eight years old and likes to play war games with his friends and […]

August 18, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: Mindanao, Vera Files  10 Comments

Agra shocker: a diversionary tactic?

While everybody was busy moving heaven and earth to prevent Justice Alberto Agra from clearing Zaldy Ampatuan, former governor of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao, and his uncle Akmad of complicity in the Nov 23, 2009 massacre in Maguindanao, the government panel negotiating with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Muslim rebel group […]

April 26, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: Maguindanao massacre, Mindanao, Peace and Order  20 Comments

Midnight deal sa MILF?

Mukhang may niluluto na namang isang midnight deal itong administrasyong Arroyo. Ito ang kasunduan sa Moro Islamic Liberation Front na magkakaroon sila ng sariling nilang bansa sa ilalim ng Pilipinas. Sariling bansa sa loob ng bansang Pilipinas? Hindi tama dahil kung magkaroon ng Bangsamoro substate, ay parang nagtanggal ka ng parte ng Pilipinas at binigay […]

February 2, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Mindanao  19 Comments