In response to the ongoing armed conflict between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in and around the Liguasan Marsh in North Cotabato and Maguindanao, the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), a peace-building non-government organization based in Mindanao today urged government troops as well as local government officials ‘to provide utmost priority’ to the humanitarian needs of the affected communities and to ensure civilian protection.’
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Dubbed“Kambabid-babid” a Maranao term for “intertwining” or “Kapit-bisig” – the essence of neighbors reaching out to each other in trying times—civil society from Mindanao, Luzon and Visayas, composed mainly of peace and human rights organizations, conducted a solidarity and peace mission in Marawi City from June 20-21 to express empathy and listen to the untold stories of affected communities and evacuees displaced by the continuing armed conflict between government armed forces and combined elements of the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups.
“Daw Aung San SuuKyi should live up, first, to her persona as both a democracy and human rights icon and secondly, to her promise that once elected , she and her party would re-install democracy in a country governed, for decades, like a garrison by a military junta. Now that she’s already in power, we can’t help but wonder, what has happened to her?
Peace group lauds resumption of peace talks; Urge Government, NDFP to ‘strengthen civilian voice in the peace process’
Elated over the resumption of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and communist-led National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), as a result of back channel talks in Utrecht, The Netherlands Sunday, Mindanao-based regional peacebuilding advocacy group the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), today urged both parties to fast track the implementation of all the agreements they had reached and work “to strengthen the civilian voice in the peace process.”
“For any candidate who aims to assume the Presidency, having a concrete stand on how he or she will continue to implement the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) is crucial. Silence or refusal to discuss this issue is inexcusable and a craven abdication of their moral duty to deliver just peace in Mindanao.”
REACTING to the ongoing military clashes in Lanao del Sur, that has now reportedly displaced more than 2,000 residents since the firefight between alleged extremists and disgruntled Moro rebel elements against government forces erupted in Butig town over a week ago, the Mindanao-based peace advocacy group Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) today urged conflict actors to spare civilians from the battles and asked the government and its peace process partner the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to ‘move quickly and protect innocent civilians’ who have been caught in the crossfire.
“Anti-Moro sentiment of varying degrees killed the Bangsamoro law in the 16th Congress. With festering bigotry, hatred and prejudices against the Bangsamoro people, the lawmakers chose political grandstanding and filibustering over a just cause for peace in the Moro land and the whole country. The 16th Congress hammered the final nail in the BBL coffin.”