Peace, Somewhere Over the Rainbow

RECENTLY, a mother and her three children while fleeing from the fighting aboard a banca were killed by a bomb dropped by an Air Force aircraft flying an operation against Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels in the marshes of Cotabato. AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Alexander Yano promptly and sanctimoniously defended his men […]

ZABIDA Visits Bicol

TO improve the planning and implementation of their respective community development and peace-building projects, officers of the Bicol Consortium for Development Initiatives, In. (BCDI) and Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA) have been conducting twice-yearly exchange field visits since last year. ZABIDA officers undertook a reciprocal visitation to Bicol last August 18-22 to assess the status […]

2,000 Evacuee Families Assisted by PLDT-Smart Foundation

Evacuees in Pulangi, North Cotabato, including the old woman shown above, receive food assistance from the Philippine Business for Social Progress and PLDT-Smart Foundation. IN response to the humanitarian crisis which affected thousands mostly children evacuees in North Cotabato, PLDT-SMART Foundation launched a relief effort in the towns of Pikit and Aleosan to cushion the […]

Christian, Muslim Public Elementary Pupils Close Culture Gap Thru Islamic Lessons

Zamboanga City – “Now I know about the culture of Islam.” Thus said Ferowane Regino, 11 years old and a grade six pupil of Baliwasan Central School, in this city. Like any other non-Muslim pupils in that school, she is now attending the Islamic Values and Language subject after it was integrated in the curriculum […]

PAZ Conducts Culture of Peace Seminar Series for High Schools

PEACE Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) marked its success in the conduct of its Culture of Peace (COP) orientation seminars for high school student leaders after reaching five out of the targeted six seminar series in Zamboanga City. The COP training is an advocacy PAZ aimed at raising awareness among the youth especially student leaders about prevailing […]

Light the Candle, Not Curse the Darkness

(Speech of Ateneo de Zamboanga University President Fr. Tony Moreno during the 2008 Special Awards Convocation last August 20, at the ADZU Campus, Zamboanga City.) The Archbishop of Zamboanga, Most Rev Romulo G Valles; the recipients of the Archbishop Luis V del Rosario Award, the members of the Pontificio Instituto Missioni Estere represented by PIME […]

MILF Still Upbeat on Peace Accord Despite Serious Hitches

ZAMBOANGA CITY – THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on September 3 described the dissolution of the government peace panel in the southern peace negotiations as “normal” and they would not meddle in the government affairs. “I wouldn’t want to give further comment, but for me, it’s just normal for any adjustment in the negotiating […]

Foreign Advocates Visit Zambo To Assess Peace Prospects

ZAMBOANGA CITY – INTERNATIONAL democracy and peace advocates have called on both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to continue talking peace despite the obstacles that have incessantly plagued the decade-old peace negotiations. “We are still optimistic that peace is possible in Mindanao. We are hopeful that both parties will uphold to […]

Respect Ramadan, Ease Up on Military Operations: Civil Society

ZAMBOANGA CITY – CIVIL society groups in Southern Philippines have called on the government and Moro rebels who have been locked new battles since early August to implement the cessation of hostilities agreement and its mechanism on the ground in respect to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which started on September 1. “Both the […]

Hiatus in Sulu: Tausugs Get to Breath Some Peace While AFP Turns Guns to Cotabato

JOLO, Sulu – With the Philippines’ Armed Forces’ attention currently focused on the Central Mindanao conflict, this southern island province is seemingly benefiting and positively enjoying a serene atmosphere, visibly relished by its residents. More and more native Tausugs are becoming secure enough in their own peace. They savor a small but nevertheless real consolation […]