The kidnappings by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) must stop. And even if AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista says the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is not involved in the ASG’s illegal activities, it is the obligation of the MILF leadership to restrain MILF members from joining criminal activities.
By Rina Jimenez-David
I can imagine the elation of supporters of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law gathered in Baguio, in Manila, and elsewhere in the country over news that the Supreme Court has, by and large, ruled that the RH Law is constitutional.
By Neal H. Cruz
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.
Chief MILF negotiator Mohagher Iqbal described the normalization annex as the “most sensitive” and “emotional” because “we have to decommission our forces.”
The signing last Sunday of the Annex on Power Sharing, the third of four annexes that will complete the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, is a welcome milestone.