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Weapons bazaar

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BESPECTACLED MORO LEADER    Moro rebels led by Ameril Umbra Kato, a commander who broke away from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, leads his armed men in shouting “Allahu Akbar” in  Maguindanao. INQUIRER PHOTO

The recent conflict in Zamboanga City shows that despite the final peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), hundreds of MNLF rebels have not been disarmed. Although thousands of MNLF ex-combatants have been integrated into the Army and police, a significant number have not been demobilized and continue to pose a threat to security and peace.

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Illicit gun trade thriving in Philippines

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The public agony that often accompanies random acts of violence has plunged policymakers into another orgy of blame, shame and posturing. The shock is magnified by State inaction following a heinous massacre in 2009 that failed to dent the laws and policies governing the ownership and trading of firearms. A powerful clan was accused in that massacre. The targets were other politicians, lawyers and media workers. Much of the violence was selective in nature.

Posted: January 12th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

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