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Huk Founder and Leader Luis Taruc (center, holding newspaper) with his rebels.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since the Philippines gained her independence, the young country has been at war with various rebel groups. First, the Hukbalahap or Huks for short. The Hukbalahap, which stands for Hukbong Bayan Laban sa mga Hapon (The Nation’s Army Against the Japanese Soldiers), was a communist guerilla movement formed by the peasant farmers of Central Luzon. It was originally formed to Read More …

Slain SAF commandos loaded in trucks.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In the aftermath of one of the worst massacres in Philippine history, questions were raised on who was responsible for the bungled police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, which is within Muslim Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) territory. And as the story had evolved, the massacre of 44 commandos of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) was the result of a poorly executed Read More …

MILF rebels

By Erick San Juan It was only in January 25,2014 when the Philippine government and representatives from the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) agreed on the last chapter of peace talks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conclusion of the talks pave the way for the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) that will allow the rebel group to set up an Read More …

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas Mindanao gets another chance at lasting peace with the signing of the final annexes to the framework agreement that would pave the way for a Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro. Members of the negotiating panels were optimistic that the final peace agreement would be signed in March or April in Kuala Lumpur. As a Filipino and as a journalist Read More …

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IN SEARCH FOR TRUTH By Ernesto M. Maceda The Philippine Star  Senate President Franklin Drilon has confirmed the release of P50 million PDAF to senators after the conviction of Chief Justice Renato Corona. He added that the PDAF of senators was withheld during the trial. That could be said as a threat of non-release if they didn’t vote to convict. Malacañang confirmed the P50 million Read More …

Zamboanga-MNLF-rebels

Source: The Daily Tribune Contrary to claims of President Aquino that the situation in Mindanao will soon return to normal with the Zamboanga City crisis coming to an end, former Philippine Constabulary (PC) chief retired Maj. Gen. Ramon Montano stated that the ongoing crisis had spread over to other areas, resulting in Mindanao being in practically a state of war. “Mindanao is now in a Read More …

Nur Misuari ans Ameril Umbra Kato on November 17, 2011 (MIndanao Examiner Photo - Mark Navales)

 Source: Mindanao Examiner MAGUINDANAO (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 23, 2013) — Separatist rebels in southern Philippines allied with the Moro National Liberation Front have stormed several villages in North Cotabato province on Monday and took at least 15 people and used them as shield against security forces pursuing them, officials said. Officials said four teachers and 11 farmers were taken by Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters Read More …

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas Just as the Aquino administration had expressed optimism for lasting peace in Mindanao following an agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the establishment of a Bangsamoro entity, the Nur Misuari-led Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) raised the specter of war in the region. Misuari criticized the government’s failure to comply with the provisions of the Read More …

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By Florante S. Solmerin Manila Standard Today Clan wars may escalate Members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and bandits from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters headed by Umbra Kato have clashed several times recently, and a military official said the skirmishes could escalate although the clashes had nothing to do with the framework agreement signed between the MILF and the government the Philippine government Read More …

By Ben O. Tesiorna Sun Star Davao DAVAO CITY — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) problem on renegade commander Ameril Umbra Kato may not be unique as there are other field commanders who may pose same problem in the near future, a rebel group leader said. Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chieftain Nur Misuari said “the MILF is split into five factions, namely: Murad Read More …