By Conrado de Quiros
That’s the title of the book “Out of the Shadows: Violent Conflict and the Real Economy of Mindanao,” edited by Francisco Lara and Steven Schoofs and published by International Alert early this year. It’s an insightful and important book and should come to the attention of the government agencies involved in the peace process. Indeed, it should come to the attention of every Filipino who wants to make some sense of the often alien and forbidding world of Mindanao.
By Noralyn Mustafa
Reading accounts of early travelers to Sulu, one cannot help but note a common impression among these chroniclers: enchantment.
By Amando Doronila
The current Mindanao power shortage is relatively the most underreported main event in the mainstream news media in the run-up to the May elections. It is bad news to the Aquino administration. It is bad news to the people of Mindanao, bad news to the economy and to all the people in the country.
I attended the Jabidah massacre anniversary rites in Corregidor in 2008 because I felt it was my duty as a citizen to know “my history.” I can still clearly remember the event. There were “caravans” of Mindanaoans converging in Manila, from where they were to proceed to Corregidor on a convoy of rented buses and [...]
No chief executive has been more frank and honest in addressing the perennial problem of power shortages in Mindanao than President Aquino is now. Just before the Holy Week break, the President told it as it is. The people and industries in Mindanao have very limited choices: Higher power rates or no electricity at all.
The power crisis is back in Mindanao, with the specter of higher power rates haunting its people. This is happening because of the glaring failure of the electric cooperatives (ECs) to comply with DOE Circular No. 2003-12-011, titled “Enjoining All Distribution Utilities To Supply Adequate, Affordable, Quality and Reliable Electricity” which was issued pursuant to Section 2 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira). Their failure is made worse in light of the number of years given them from the time the circular was issued in December 2003.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Baileng Mantawil heads a nongovernment organization called Bangsamoro Women Action for Development Initiatives or Bwadi. She is also, she says, a “child of war.”
By Conrado de Quiros
Late last week, Nur Misuari took P-Noy to task for apparently mishandling the Sabah crisis.
By Gualberto B. Lumauig
The Occupy Sabah gambit by the heirs/descendants of the 17th-century Sultan of Sulu could not have come at a worst time.
By Jose Ma. Montelibano
A strange thing happened a few days ago. Nur Misuari came out in media blasting President Aquino, gave the President unsolicited advice, and then accused him of siding with Malaysia against Filipinos. I kept reading the news (thankfully, I missed the bizarre scene on TV) and wondered how history is so easily forgotten. And I am not talking only about Sabah.
The still fragile peace situation in Muslim Mindanao was seriously threatened by the abduction and enforced disappearance of Sheik Basher Mursalum, an Alim or Muslim scholar, last Jan. 22 by suspected operatives of the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime and the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force. Sheik Mursalum was on his way home to Barangay Labuan, Zamboanga City. Until now, he is still missing. The western Mindanao police and the head of the Task Force Zamboanga have not acknowledged custody of the victim.
By Juan L. Mercado
Tropical depression “Crising” jabbed Mindanao’s underbelly before it barreled out to sea on Thursday. May we now watch 33 candidates for 12 Senate seats sashay on stage?