Peace Advocates’ Appeal for Sobriety

(Adapted from an original draft statement issued by the Mindanao Peaceweaves on August 4, 2008.) THE extent to which the intense displeasure over the impending signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has already reached an alarming stage. In the last few days […]

Zamboanga Style Public Safety

A Human Rights Lawyer Takes a Dig at the City’s Army Task Force Zamboanga City – ISSUES on public safety always remain integral in any Filipino community, especially for a highly urbanized city in Mindanao. Zamboanga, which ranks among the oldest cities in Mindanao, has been the center of social, cultural, economic and political convergence […]

European Company Eyes Cutting-Edge Bio-Energy Plant in Mindanao

ZAMBOANGA CITY — EUROPEAN Beauwal Group may set up in Mindanao a $600-million bioethanol plant using technology that will allow it to extract biofuel from food crops without compromising food security. The fermentation technology will answer the food-versus-fuel debate by extracting fuel only from food waste, allowing the crop to still be used for food. […]

Price of Canned Sardines, the Poor’s Protein Diet, Will Rise in Sept.

ZAMBOANGA CITY– THE dispute over the new price hike on fresh sardines between canneries and fishing operators was finally resolved over in early August. However, consumers of sardines, who are mostly low-income Filipinos, will have to brace for a price increase of the 155-gram canned sardines in September. Price of canned sardines are expected to […]

Zambo Ateneo’s Mid-Year Alumni Fest Dubbed a Success

Zamboanga City – The Ateneo Alumni Association-sponsored Midyear Alumni Festivities 2008 held last August 2 & 3 at the Ateneo campus in La Purisima was a success. Zamboanga City Mayor Celso L. Lobregat and Congresswoman Ma. Isabella Climaco graced the ribbon cutting ceremonies together with Bro. Raymond Belleza, SJ and officers of the Ateneo Alumni […]

Ateneo Launches Good Governance Movement

Manila –On the eve of the feast of Jesuit Founder. Ignatius of Loyola, on July 30St the Ateneo de Manila University-School of Government formally launched Kaya Natin! A Movement for Genuine Change and Ethical Leadership at the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Quezin City. Kaya Natin’s founding members include inspiring local government leaders of […]

Culture of Peace Training Given to Southcom Natl. HS Student Leaders

TWENTY-THREE active and hopeful peace advocates coming from the Supreme Student Government (SSG) pool of officers of Southcom National High Schools actively participated in the Culture of Peace Orientation to Student Leaders: “A Day of Reflection and Dialogue” last July 17 at the school’s campus. The culture of peace (COP) orientation is a peace advocacy […]

Peace Pact With MILF Will Deny Belligerency Status to Rebels: Soliman Santos

A PEACE advocate has allayed fears that the Moro homeland accord between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would grant the rebel group a status of “belligerency” or international recognition as a separate state. Lawyer Soliman Santos, an expert on peace negotiations, said the concept of “status of belligerency” is already “obsolete” […]

Muslim Scholars Slam Abu Sayyaf for Threat Vs. Basilan’s Christians

Zamboanga City – Zamboanga City-based ulama, Muslim professionals and traditional leaders issued a statement over the weekend counteracting the letters of extortion, suspected to have been concocted by the lawless Abu Sayyaf group, that recently circulated in Basilan Province. “The time has come for the Muslim Ummah to condemn those impostors, who use Islam for […]

World Faced With Growing Instability, Violence

UNITED NATIONS – Rising food and energy prices, water scarcity, climate change and increasing migrations could fuel growing instability and violence around the world over the next decade, a report by a global think tank said last August 5. But despite its grim forecast, the 2008 State of the Future report by the Millennium Project […]