In Solidarity: Cardinal Quevedo: Bangsamoro Is The Kingdom of God

The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will return to the arena of public debate front and center when the Lower House resumes its plenary deliberations and Senate as expected will start its own all by this week. The bill’s sponsors led by Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez are optimistic it will gain final House approval […]

IN SOLIDARITY: Back to Basics, Integrally

Last month, Pope Francis issued his first own-authored papal encyclical titled as “Laudato Si” (Praise Be), much-awaited as not only a Roman Catholic but a global response to overcome the huge problem of a looming climate apocalypse. The encyclical basically called for solidarity and dialogue among peoples, nations, sectors and institutions to reform mindsets, cultures […]

In Solidarity: A CSO Opens a New Approach to Tackle Zamboanga’s Security Woes

What business does a civil society organization have to dip its fingers in the inherently complex, usually frustrating but definitely challenging endeavor of communal security and crime-fighting? If that do-gooder exists in a turbulent city like Zamboanga, the imperatives are overwhelming: the jails are overflowing with illegal drug pushers and users, several thousand remain displaced […]

A “Revolution from the South”

This week in May, the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) would vote on its version of the proposed organic act, a crucial step that will determine whether the legislation will retain the most important of its original contents or instead a diluted concoction of autonomy. During this same […]

A Bangsamoro Spring?

The Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is set to vote in May 11 on its public hearings’ report and endorsement to the House of Representatives plenary body of the proposed organic act to create the Bangsamoro entity that would replace the 25-year old Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) regional government. […]

Two Autonomous Regions Again: Why Not?

The Islamic Central Command, a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), recently asked for a regional autonomous government separate from the political entity which would be created through the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The idea was floated in the heels of a similar one, that of having two autonomous regions, which Sen. […]

Can Manila Afford/Win Another, More Radical Moro War?

In a statement to wrap up their fact-finding study mission to Mindanao last week, an international team of women peace advocates among other things said: “The continuing IDP situation in Zamboanga city is untenable and unproductive both for the displaced themselves and the local government. Approximately 7,000 families are still residing in the grandstand since […]

Will the Pope Endorse the Bangsamoro?

Would Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines this week (January 15-19) endorse the ongoing hot-topic Mindanao peace process, particularly the passage of a new organic law for a Bangsamoro autonomy? This is not too remote a possibility since surely he comes equipped with a Jesuitly-thorough staff work on the issues, challenges and problems […]

A Christian Renaissance?

POPE Francis was officially installed as supreme head of the Roman Catholic church last March 19, during the religion’s most solemn 40-day period called Lent. It climaxed with the observance of Holy Week a week hence, then capped in a glorious mystery-bursting twist with Easter Sunday. There is, perhaps, more divine grace than mere coincidence […]

2013 Here We Come

TO strengthen operational efficiency and effectiveness this 2013, the four NGO partners of Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance, Inc (ZABIDA) held an “Annual Operation Plan” conference last January 7-8 at its newly-built Peace and Development Resource Center in Suterville, Zamboanga City. Office chiefs and program coordinators of Katilingban Para Sa Kalambuan, Inc., Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc., Reach […]