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What has stalled the peace process

In her column “Dogs and Cats” (At Large, 4/1/14), Rina Jimenez-David wrote a smirking take on our arrest. She chose to dwell on the official version of the arrest and joined in muddling some real questions.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Gov’t-NDF talks should go on

We, members of Pilgrims for Peace, want peace, harmony and prosperity in our land.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Mindanao: the political psychology of peace

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The signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro is a great achievement, and those who have worked hard to make it possible should be congratulated. But it’s just a start. Dozens of peace deals have been signed around the world since the end of World War II. Almost all of them falter at some point, and by my reckoning, almost half of them fail outright.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Breakthrough?

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“AFTER THE darkness, sunlight breaks through,” says an old regional proverb. Human sa kangitngit, mosidlit ang adlaw. People from cities to rebel camps cited that proverb after Thursday’s signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,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 »

Giving voice to women for peace

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Irene Santiago of the Mindanao Commission on Women and lead convener of the “Women’s Peace Table” (WPT) shares this account of a European diplomat from the front lines of the Balkan conflict.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

CAB: road sign to peace

The Mindanao PeaceWeavers offers these words of kindness to all peacemakers of the Bangsamoro. Indeed, blessings will come to those who have offered their lives, limbs and all.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Do CPP, NPA really want peace?

We are glad that the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has finally sealed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Key Bangsamoro details to find way into basic law

This is in reaction to former Court of Appeals justice Mario Guariña III’s commentary titled “A prelude to secession?” (Opinion, 1/3/14).

Posted: January 7th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

2014, bring it on!

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The time for summing up is past. Today, we take our first steps into the New Year, into 2014, and away from the memories and lingering effects of the year just past, with all its calamities, tragedies, scandals, violence, hurts and disappointments.   On this day, or perhaps the night before, I used to sit [...]

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Stop violence, work for peace

The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) is alarmed by the events unfolding in Zamboanga City. The violent clashes, reportedly between forces of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines have already killed at least two and injured several individuals, and forced hundreds to leave their homes.

Posted: September 10th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

What happened to promised peace talks with rebels?

We are confused. According to the chief negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), his camp is unhappy about the current pace of the peace talks between his group and the government (“MILF unhappy with talks,” Front Page, 6/15/13). But back here in Manila, President Aquino’s spokespersons categorically claim that the President himself is satisfied with what is happening at the negotiating table.

Posted: July 4th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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