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By Artemio V. Panganiban
“When guns speak, laws are silent,” so it has been said. This is true in wars among sovereign nations. It is also true with civil strife within states, like in France, the United States, China, Vietnam and Serbia. Or more recently, in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria. Human casualties, injuries, hunger, atrocities and deprivations have been the sad consequences of these bloody conflicts.
By Rina Jimenez-David
“I don’t belong to a political clan,” says ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) Gov. Mujiv Hataman. In fact, his exposure to politics came by way of student activism, when as a student of AMA Computer University, he became immersed in social and political causes, especially human rights, eventually joining the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (Pahra).
By Patricio N. Abinales
There is no doubt that popular opinion has gone against the latest caper of Nur Misuari. There is condemnation all over Mindanao and the rest of the country. The Moro Islamic Liberation front (MILF) has called it anarchic adventurism and Gov. Mujiv Sabbihi Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) downplayed the religion angle, revealing how the leaders duped some of these “rebels” into joining it
Faced with an unfavorable election outcome, Nur Misuari staged a violent tantrum.
We fully support President Aquino’s call to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the 16th Congress.
Last year, when the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was able to wrangle the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro from Aquino administration representatives who want peace at all costs, we wrote the Inquirer to express our misgivings: the so-called peace talks might turn out to be a Trojan horse for the Filipino people. This is because the pact is a veritable minefield of provisions, which calls for the creation of a state within a state, in other words, a substate, all for the sake of peace.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Mary Ann Arnada, a lawyer and Mindanao-based peace advocate, had some choice words for the media at a recent “Multi Stakeholders Forum” on the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro.
It’s a breakthrough, indeed—the wealth-sharing agreement that the peace panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed recently, hurdling the one big hindrance that had threatened to scuttle the talks just a few weeks ago. Earlier, the MILF had complained bitterly that the delay in the signing of the Annex on Revenue Generation and Wealth-Sharing was sowing frustration in its ranks and breeding doubts about the genuine sincerity of President Aquino’s administration to arrive at a comprehensive peace agreement for Mindanao.
Both President Aquino and chief peace negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer had unwittingly chosen a scary metaphor. They likened the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to the Boston Marathon, and a foreign peace advocate, pursuing the imagery, said we were “just so close to the finish line.” The negotiations were said [...]
The work of the Transition Commission for the Bangsamoro region got under way the other day; it is no exaggeration to say that the undertaking is burdened with the high expectations of millions of Filipinos. By the terms of the 2012 Framework Agreement, signed with much fanfare and even more emotion in Malacañang last October, [...]
By Tasneem C. AbdulRauf
Everyone has his/her own pursuit—a dream job, an ambition since childhood, things to accomplish or to own. Some discover their interest or goal late in life. In my case, I did not exactly plan to be a peace advocate. I went through a life journey and political socialization that led me to the pursuit of peace.