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‘Spare civilians’

Spare the civilians.” Mohagher Iqbal, chief negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) yesterday aired this appeal to the government. He made the appeal as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) reported the swelling number of evacuees, euphemistically dubbed internally displaced persons (IDPs).  Read More »

Peace talks

Government of the Philippines (GPH) peace panel chairperson Miriam Coronel-Ferrer has confirmed that the next round of formal exploratory talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will resume in July.  Read More »

Enforcing ‘peace’

WITH the dastardly ambush perpetrated by the armed CPP-NPA against grandmother Mayor Ruthie Guingona, and said cabals refusal to surrender the perpetrators at the request of Senator TG Guingona III, despite what was obviously a stab at a publicity stunt with an apology for the incident, Government Chief Negotiator Atty. Alex Padilla is correct to finally close the book on further continuing... 

TransCom meeting

Manila, Philippines – Malacañang is looking forward to a productive first meeting of the 15-man Transition Commission (TransCom) assigned to draft the basic law creating the proposed Bangsamoro region. The commission, headed by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, is reportedly scheduled to hold its meeting on April 3 in Pasig City.  Read More »

Moro autonomy

Manila, Philippines – Reviewing the Tripoli Agreement signed December 23, 1976 by Chief Negotiator, Defense Undersecretary Carmelo Barbero for the Philippines, Nur Misuari for MNLF, Dr. Ali Adusaalam Treki Libyan State Foreign Affairs Minister & Chairman of the Negotiations & Org. of Islamic Conference Sec.General Dr. Amadou Karim Gaye reveals some similarities with the... 

Missile test

SEOUL (AFP) – South Korea’s top nuclear envoy left for China Thursday for talks on North Korea, shadowed by signs that Pyongyang is preparing an imminent long-range missile test.  Read More »

Government optimistic on peace talks

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Despite difficulties teeming with fears for stalemate in the government peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the state panel remains “optimistic” that the thorny negotiations would move forward fruitfully. The two panels concluded their 26th round of formal exploratory talks in Malaysia on Wednesday, approving a request from the... 


Govt, MILF to trade respective roadmaps to peace in KL Manila, Philippines – The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was set yesterday to exchange their respective peace roadmaps in Kulala Lumpur, signaling the start of their 25th formal talks. MILF vice chairman for political affairs Ghadzali Jaafar expressed optimism that the roadmaps would make it “possible”... 

Communists’ 6-day ceasefire welcomed

Manila, Philippines – The Government of the Philippines (GPH) peace panel welcomed yesterday the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) declaration of abbreviated ceasefires in areas hit by Tropical Storm “Sendong” over the weekend and help in the rescue and relief operations. In a statement, the GPH peace panel under government... 

Gov’t not to allow false reports to undermine peace process

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) — The Philippine government clarified Wednesday that the 5 million pesos (116,000 U.S. dollars) that President Benigno Aquino III gave to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was intended to jumpstart the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI), dismissing news reports that the fund was used by the rebels to buy guns and ammunition. “The...