Church people unite with more than 300 indigenous peoples and peasants from Mindanao in their call for prompt government response to various issues of gross human rights violations in the area.
By Bernie V. Lopez
The chair of the governing council of the Lumad Mindanaw People’s Federation (LMPF), Jimid Mansayagan, has expressed deep concern that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will dislocate many lumad (indigenous peoples, or IPs) from their ancestral lands. The LMPF covers 33 ethnic groups, or 8 million IPs, in Mindanao.
By Rina Jimenez-David
The “vertical violence” of insurgency and of separatist elements in Mindanao may be disappearing with the conclusion of the peace talk between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the pending creation of the Bangsamoro authority. But, said peace advisor Teresita Quintos Deles, the “horizontal violence” of feuds and disputes and other low-level conflicts remains.
By Maleiha Shahara D. Alim
Some people think young Moros do not care about what’s happening around them. They assume that young Moros are so engrossed in self-indulgence as to ignore the advent of this new entity. But you know what, this is what I think.
By Ramon R. del Rosario Jr.
We have all heard the news that Luzon will again face an energy crisis in 2015 even as the Visayas and Mindanao have been suffering rolling blackouts on a regular basis. The estimates are that we will have a shortage of 400 to 600 megawatts assuming that all existing power plants remain online—which is a best-case scenario.