Mindanao

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 …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ten years ago I wrote an article at a time when there was a move to partition the Philippines into five independent nations based on ethnic or religious differences. Some Filipinos are of the belief that because of our differences, we are incompatible with one another. They believe that we are better off as separate nations and separate people. The move Read More …

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Source: Mindanao Examiner ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / May 20, 2014) – The United States Department has warned American citizens to avoid travelling in the southern Philippines due to terrorism and strife, and threats of kidnappings. It said U.S. citizens should continue to defer non-essential travel to the region and said over the past nine months, there have been kidnappings and attempted kidnappings of foreigners Read More …

MILF rebels (File Photo)

By Paula Defensor Knack The Diplomat Last week, amid considerable fanfare, the Philippine government announced the signing of (yet another) historic peace deal, the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), with the rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a breakaway group from the secessionist Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Mindanao. The agreement would create an autonomous Bangsamoro political entity that is bigger than Read More …

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By Ducky Paredes Malaya THIS history of the peace negotiations between the Philippines and Bangsamoro is based on an article in Wikipedia. *** The Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) was created in 1976 for the purpose of “liberating” the Bangsamoro. Through force of arms, the MNLF took control of several Cotabato municipalities. The MNLF was so successful that the Philippine military deployed almost three-fourths of Read More …

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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 …

PRESS RELEASE Ramon Magsaysay Jr. wants a long term solution to the problem of Mindanao. The former senator said this will be his priority once the Filipino electorate returns him to the Senate. Looking beyond the aftermath of the Sulu Sultanate’s claim to Sabah, Magsaysay said the Muslim insurgency in Sulu, Basilan and other parts of Mindanao is deeply rooted in the prevailing poverty of Read More …

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PRESS RELEASE February 27, 2013 “Desperate times call for desperate measures” — Jun Magsaysay Liberal Party (LP) senatorial candidate Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay Jr. today called on concerned government officials to take drastic action and respond to the needs of the starving victims of Typhoon Pablo in Davao to prevent the situation from turning into a humanitarian disaster. “It was a deplorable incident indeed, seeing our Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz The historic signing of the “Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro” was accomplished on October 15, 2012 at the Malacañang Palace.   It was not the final peace accord that the parties wished for but it was a good start considering what everybody involved in the process had gone through. The Framework Agreement would lead to the creation of a “new autonomous political Read More …

MILF rebels (File Photo)

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas There’s definitely more than meets the eye in the sudden interest of the Aquino administration in forging a peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front at the height of the escalating dispute between the Philippines and China over the Scarborough Shoals in the West Philippine Sea. Manila Standard’s Jojo Robles was on the right track in raising Read More …