Peace Process

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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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 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 …

MILF rebels (File Photo)

By RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO The Manila Times The clear and imminent danger to the Republic emerging from the “Annex on Normalization” President Aquino’s negotiators agreed to with the insurgent Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is in its official document’s Section J, innocuously titled “Confidence-Building Measures.” Its first paragraph reads: “Upon the signing of this Annex on Normalization and as a gesture of good will, the 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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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 …

By Christine F. Herrera Manila Standard Today GOVERNMENT troops have been assigned to protect the members of the Alex Boncayao Brigade and other communist splinter groups from their former comrades, Army Gen. Emmanuel Bautista said Sunday. Bautista, chief of the Visayas-based 3rd Infantry Battalion, said the members of the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa ng Pilipinas-Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade were targeted for assassination after they Read More …

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow By Linggoy Alcuaz OpinYon Regular P Noy, the President, the Commander-in-Chief, the son of Hero and Martyr Ninoy and Saint Cory, is a mere dog being wagged by its tail(s). First, at noon of June 30, 2010, Noynoy, the newly elected (by a landslide) but naïve fifteenth President, reversed his freshly won mandate of May 10, 2011, by appointing his entire Read More …

COMMONSENSE By Marichu A. Villanueva The Philippine Star There is money in peace. And this emerges to be the come-on being used by the present dispensation to bring the rebels across the table to talk peace with the government. Such perceptions, rightly or wrongly, were unfortunately generated by the incompetence of certain administration officials of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to fully explain to the Read More …

To the Point By Emil Jurado Manila Standard Today It is now clear that the rebels are going for an all-out war. This despite the doubletalk and hypocrisy surrounding the Palace’s pronouncements of what it calls all-out justice. Malacañang has called on the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to surrender its second-highest commander, who took part in the killing of Philippine soldiers in so-called areas of Read More …