Raising concerns: ZABIDA participates in City Dev’t Meeting

ZABIDA Executive Director and BUB Co-Chairperson Ms. Esperancita Hupida raised her concern on whether the City is still allotting enough funds for Poverty Reduction initiatives and projects for the year of 2017. ZABIDA as part of its good governance program, gets involved in the Bottom-Up Budgeting strategy of the National Government for government transparency, accountability […]

How About a Peace Commission?

A day before the resumption of Congress’ session this week, government peace panel chief Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer appealed anew to the legislators for the speedy passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which has been stalled by extended public hearings, interpellations and lack of quorum in both chambers, on top of the investigations of the […]

The BBL on the Mountaintop

Mindanao’s long and bloody journey to peace reached yet another important milestone when on September 10 President Aquino ceremoniously submitted the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to Congress. He had certified it as a priority measure, and leaders of the House and Senate vowed to pass it into law in quickest time, so that by 2016 […]

Fridays with “Motherly Yours, Lilia”

Every Friday at 8:00 AM, a fresh breath of hope blows across benighted Zamboanga City when Congresswoman Lilia Nuño goes on the air in a local radio station for an hour-long public affairs talk program. She would discuss – with a clear and tender voice – important issues and developments and the actions she has […]

Civil Societies Urge Dialogue to Resolve Sabah Conflict

CALM down, don’t shoot but instead let’s talk to peacefully resolve the Sabah crisis. This was the appeal made by five large civil society networks to the Sulu sultanate and Malaysian and Philippine governments amid the escalating use of firepower in the North Borneo province. The NGOs who made the appeal are Mindanao Peace Weavers […]

ISP’s Candidates Forum

ONE congressional candidate asked the audience to say “I love you” to each other, another read a dead man’s affidavit accusing another candidate present of dirty election tactic, and a mayoralty candidate asked everyone to stand up and pray with him. But other than these surprises, the Local Candidates Forum spearheaded by the Interreligious Solidarity […]

The Sabah Stand-off

IN ANOTHER David and Goliath move, a hundred armed Tausugs, led by Rajah Mudah (crown prince) Agbimuddin Kiram are in Lahad Datu, Sabah and have captured the attention of the world to the sovereign and proprietary claims of the Sulu sultanate over Sabah. Datu Agbimuddin and the brother of the Sulu sultan, Jamalul Kiram III, […]

Moro Homeland and Identity

WE can only but hail Malacanang’s announcement last week (February 25) of the appointment of a complete 15-man Transition Commission as a move that fast-tracks the implementation of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB), in view and inspite of the increasing delay in the completion of the four annexes necessary to make FAB executory. […]

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

IN his message for the new years’ World Day of Peace, observed by Vatican every January 1 for the last 46 years, Pope Benedict XVI had for its theme and title one of the best-known Gospel beatitudes: Blessed are the peacemakers! The Pope says that what makes this statement something true and real in and […]

Yes, Virginia, There is a Peace Vote

IN its monthly meeting on Saturday, February 16 held at Western Mindanao State University, members of the Inter-Religious Solidarity for Peace (ISP) agreed to hold a candidates forum on April 13, in a venue to be decided later. The forum would be a major part of ISP’s plan to generate and mobilize a “peace vote” […]