PAZ Donates Truck to Subanons

PEACE Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) officially turned over a six-wheeler truck to a Subanon tribal community in a simple ceremony held on Saturday, July 28 at its office along San Jose Road, this city. The ceremony was led by PAZ President Fr. Angel Calvo and Subanon’s Gokum-Sog Pito Kodulungan Timuay Noval Lambo. Also witnessing were some […]

Muslim Council Leaders Installed in Bay’-a Ceremony

Zamboanga City – “THERE’S no one like Alim Jamal who challenged the Ulama and Muslim professionals to take a decisive step towards a culture of peace and development as what is strongly advocated. And this challenge was positively accepted.” These were the words spoken in Tausug by Alim Ishaq Muhammad as he welcomed guests and […]

Spanish Aid Brings Hope to School Children in Zamboanga

NEW hope for a better future has come to indigent kids of Titay and Ipil municipalities in Zamboanga Sibugay and the students of Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School (DPLMHS) in Zamboanga City as previous concerted efforts now bear fruit. Myra Curativo, 10, of Kitabog Elementary School in Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay joyfully played her flute […]

Justice Dept. Urges LGUs To Craft Laws Vs. Human Trafficking

Zamboanga City – THE Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) which is chaired by the Justice Department is crafting a local law that will serve as a “model ordinance” to encourage local governments to adopt laws to curb the rising cases of human trafficking in the country. Atty. Deana P. Perez, senior state prosecutor of the […]

40 Guisao Houses Now Get Piped-in Potable Water

SOME 40 houses in an interior sitio of Guisao barangay are now enjoying for the first time potable water from faucets in their homes with the completion of the water system project provided by the Zamboanga Coalition of Development NGOs (ZAMCODE). The project was inaugurated on July 7 by Zamcode officials headed by its president, […]

Fr. Bossi Is Free, With Costly Lessons for Many

Zamboanga City – GAUNT and thin, mostly composed and otherwise in good health, Italian priest Fr. Giancarlo Bossi, PIME emerged from 40 days of captivity in the mountains of Mindanao’s Lanao provinces to face the media in the morning of July 20 with his tale of survival in the hands of a kidnap for ransom […]

Mindanao Youths Learn Leadership Skills

Davao City – WITH the emerging scenario that some young people are taking great roles and responsibilities when leading their peers in their organizations in different issues in the country, it is also a must that these young leaders are equipped with the knowledge on responsible leadership, anchored on the framework of “peace.” Hennce, some […]

Akay Kalinga: Street Kids Now Have New P4-M Home

Zamboanga City – THE several hundreds of homeless children who ubiquitously roam this southern Philippines city’s streets now have a spanking new “house of love and care” where they can find shelter from the harsher misfortunes of life. The newly-built Akay Kalinga Center for street children was inaugurated in the morning of July 29 by […]

“Peaced Off”

WHEN told by the media during a recent press conference that some donor countries were warning the Philippine government from launching major offensives against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Basilan as retaliation for the beheading of Marines soldiers there last July 10, Presidential Assistant for Mindanao Secretary Jesus Dureza irritably retorted that foreign governments have no business dictating to Malacanang how to handle the peace process. Sec. Dureza’s jealous defense of our sovereignty was touching, but he seemed to have forgotten that our Mindanao Problem – as it was once called – has been internationalized since 1973 with the forging of the Tripoli Agreement. That Col. Maummar Khadaffi-facilitated treaty gave the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) an open-ended role to intervene and mediate in the Bangsamoro question and the welfare of Muslims in Mindanao.