The All-Out Peace (AOP) movement, a broad network of peace advocates and civil society groups, welcomes the submission by the 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) of the new draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to President Rodrigo Duterte on July 17 and lauds the commitment by the President to certify the proposed measure as urgent and “husband” the same before both houses of Congress.
Tag Archive: Mindanao
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.
Immediately the next day, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) declared that the situation was under control. But even with this declaration, Duterte, upon his arrival from Russia, not only threatened to be harsh in the exercise of his martial law powers which he likened to that of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s, he threatened to plunge the rest of the country under military control.
Progressive coalition slammed President Noynoy Aquino after taking a week to respond in the aftermath of the Kidapawan incident that claimed three lives and 116 injured after police forces fired upon unarmed protestors last week.
Members of the Sanlakas coalition participated in Kalampag or Kampanya laban sa pagkagutom, a campaign to demand from government the political will to take drastic action in addressing the impacts of El Nino and demand justice for the continued neglect of the country’s agricultural sector..
A MULTI-SECTORAL coalition denounced President Aquino and heads of concerned cabinet departments and agencies not only their failure to address the issues raised by peasants and Lumads but also for the violent dispersal in Kidapawan City last Thursday.
“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.