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Peace women

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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.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,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 »

Mindanao’s promise

The government’s agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has raised hopes that enduring peace will finally be attained in Mindanao. And beyond this is the tremendous economic impact that the agreement can bring the country.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | 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 »

Talking peace and gender

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As I write this, people are waiting for the ceremonies marking the signing of the final comprehensive peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to get underway.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | 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 »

The peace agreement with the MILF

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A realistic way to understand the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro that is due to be signed today amid tremendous rejoicing is to view it as a concrete plan for establishing a stable political order in Muslim Mindanao.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Peace and goodwill

There will be no end to comment and commentary after tomorrow, when the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation take the historic step of signing a comprehensive peace agreement that will see the latter lay down its arms while the former launches the official mechanisms that will allow it to fulfill its part of the deal.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The gov’t-MILF peace pact: a Moro perspective

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Morolandia, particularly the province of Maguindanao, is agog as March 27 nears, when the peace agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the government will be signed, insa Allah (God willing). Following cherished tradition, there will be banging of the agong (gongs), playing of the kulintang (xylophone), and a display of resplendent multicolored flags and buntings to celebrate the historic day.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Rough road ahead for Bangsamoro constitution

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Tomorrow the peace panels of the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will sign the basic agreement that will formally end the decades-long “war” in Mindanao. That will not be the end of it, however.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Road to peace

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Have we now had our fill of the evolving drama swirling around Vhong Navarro, Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo?

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A meeting of minds (and hearts)

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Asked if, after the passage of the planned “basic law” defining the Bangsamoro of which he will be the prime drafter, Mohagher Iqbal will retire from public life, the chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front panel in the peace talks with the government grimaces a bit.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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