AS WE issue this Statement, unidentified persons are holding hostage two humanitarian workers presumably somewhere in Basilan Province. The kidnap victims, Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc. (NFI) Program Officer Esperancita Hupida and Manila-based freelance community development specialist Millet Mendoza, were abducted on Monday, September 15, in Cabangalan Barangay, Tipo-Tipo Municiapality, Basilan. We, the members of the Inter-Religious […]

Peace on the Balance

AFTER quite a suspenseful wait, the highest court of the land has rendered its verdict: the all-but cooked GRP-MILF Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) is unconstitutional. The justices blightly described the document as among others “whimsical” and “capricious”. Such descriptions are understandable when they come from government officials and politicians who are sworn […]

Critics Chide Legislators for Denying Charges of US Military Basing in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY – CIVIL society groups have criticized the findings of the congressional fact-finding team who cleared American troops from charges of allegedly building bases in this city and joining Filipino troops in actual combat against Moro rebels. The Citizens’ Peace Watch (CPW), a nongovernmental organization, has stood pat on its claim that American forces […]

Datu Piang’s Catholics Give Up Fiesta Party for Moro Bakwits

DATU PIANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/06 October) — – They did away with their annual fiesta party, the minority Catholics here, opting instead to use Sunday’s party money to buy food for the predominantly Moro evacuees. Traditionally, says Father Jonathan Domingo, the Oblates of the Mary Immaculate’s Cotabato district superior and parish priest here from 1997 to […]


SCHOOL children in Mindanao’s depressed and conflict-affected areas will be among the beneficiaries of an education assistance package launched recently and funded through donated junk lead acid batteries from industries, businesses and individuals. Dubbed Learning Enhancement Assistance Package or LEAP, the project hopes to bring more children in school by supporting education initiatives in identified […]

Maranaos Call on UN, OIC To Help End War

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/2 Oct) — At the end of the month-long Ramadhan, Maranaos here staged a rally right in the heart of the city this morning to call on the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Conference to intervene to stop the war in Mindanao and for the government to honor the botched Memorandum […]

Military Might Attempt to Rescue Basilan Kidnap Victims

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A MONTH under captivity now and with negotiations for their freedom going nowhere, military action is now being considered as an option to free two humanitarian aid workers held by kidnappers in Basilan, a provincial official has said. This possibility has emerged after negotiators failed to have the victims, Merlie Mendoza and […]

PAZ Holds First Interschool COP and VPAW

The Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) in collaboration with the Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP), Colores de PAZ and partner schools who were recipients of a series of Culture of Peace (COP) orientations and Visual Peace Arts Workshops (VPAW), namely the Sangali National High School, Southcom National High School, Maria Clara Lorenzo Lobregat National High School, […]

PAZ Sponsors Two Children and Youth Hariraya Festivals

IN THE solemnity and dignity of the observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan, our Muslim brothers and sisters fulfilled the five pillars of Islam in various fields of life. After a month-long solemnity of one’s mind and heart from the temptations of the world and performance of one’s obligations, all Muslim all over the […]