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Four annexes

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I discuss provisions in the Bangsamoro agreement which might occasion constitutional debate.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No deal on Sabah issue, gov’t panel says

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The issue of Sabah was not discussed during the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, with Malaysia as referee. This was the assurance given by members of the government panel to journalists at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday. The panel members at the Kapihan were chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and members Senen Bacani (a former agriculture secretary) and Yasmin Busran Lao.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dogs and cats

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Days after the ham-handed attempt to crash the celebrations marking the signing of the comprehensive agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the communist National Democratic Front was in the headlines once more over the issue of—cats and dogs.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Four annexes: an overview

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Up until last week all that the public had was the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro. Upon this framework would be hung annexes that would give substance to what was contemplated. Both government and Bangsamoro negotiators worked hard to get the annexes done until they were ready to submit four to the public.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What will happen to PH ownership of Sabah?

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The comprehensive peace agreement signed by the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is not so comprehensive after all. It raised more questions to which there are no clear answers yet.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Historic

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I can understand the jubilation of the people of Muslim Mindanao, which some of them expressed with much weeping, at the prospect of the guns being stilled once and for all in their corner of the world. I myself caught a glimpse of the cost of the war a long time ago when I talked to a 12-year-old boy ages ago.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mindanao: the political psychology of peace

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The signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro is a great achievement, and those who have worked hard to make it possible should be congratulated. But it’s just a start. Dozens of peace deals have been signed around the world since the end of World War II. Almost all of them falter at some point, and by my reckoning, almost half of them fail outright.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A fly-high moment!

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AS PRESIDENT Aquino, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Murad Ebrahim, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles and other dignitaries left the Kalayaan Gardens after the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the Malacañang band played an unusual recessional, the song that goes

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Killing us slowly’

Half a year after the rogue Nur Misuari faction of the Moro National Liberation Front began what is now commonly referred to as the three-week-long “siege of Zamboanga,” the list of casualties from that crisis continues to lengthen.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

The ‘other’ peace

Last Saturday’s dramatic capture of the Tiamzons, the husband and wife at the helm of the Communist Party of the Philippines, should create the momentum needed to restart the peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

PH-MILF deal: Annex on normalization

talk of the town

Chief MILF negotiator Mohagher Iqbal described the normalization annex as the “most sensitive” and “emotional” because “we have to decommission our forces.”

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Live questions about Bangsamoro

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Congress will soon be formulating the law that will implement the desires expressed in the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro for a Bangsamoro government.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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