The officers,  members and partners in peace advocacy of United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD), a Moro Youth organization based in Cotabato City are in deep grieve with the fatal shooting of UNYPAD-Quezon City Chapter Chairman Yasser Mangelen in Barangay Culiat, Tandang Sora, Quezon City on Saturday night at around 8PM.

If available information about the ongoing GPH-NDFP peace talks is going to be the basis of projecting what is in store for this peace process, the best description we can say is that it is uneasy. For instance, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) wants all political prisoners released before any formal ceasefire is signed, while President Rodrigo Roa Duterte wants a formal ceasefire agreement in place before any further release. Clearly, there is a state of head-on collision of their respective positions.

A documentary film that depicts the horrifying experiences of Moro villagers of Malisbong in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat Province from the hands of government forces during the Martial Law years was presented on Friday (Dec 9) for public viewing at Shariff Kabungsuan Cultural Center in ORC Compound in Cotabato City in observance of the International Human Rights Day.

The United Justice Bangsamoro Party (UBJP) Southern Mindanao Region held its 1st Assembly attended by more or less 700 officers from the provinces of Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, South Cotabato, General Santos City, and Tacurong City at the MILF Administrative Camp in Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on December 9-10, 2016.

Everybody minds if the prevailing “bad relations” between the Philippines and the United States is going to be fixed. A good foreign policy should always anchor on friendship to all nations; and more importantly that relations should bring forth long term mutual benefit and mutual respect.

The Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations (CBCS) convened the Bangsamoro Multi-Sectoral Leaders’ Summit for Unity and Solidarity with120 participants from Western Mindanao, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Central Mindanao, and Davao Region at the Royal Mandaya Hotel Davao City on December 5-9, 2016.

The Union of Muslim Youth Organizations (UMYO), a Federation of Youth Organizations in Cotabato City and nearby municipalities in Maguindanao held an Islamic Conference on Anti-Radicalism Advocacy dubbed as, “The Lines” on November 30, 2016 at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, ORG Compound, Cotabato City.

The Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) has invited Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Murad Ebrahim and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari to the 3-day Bangsamoro Multi-Sectoral Leaders’ Summit for Unity and Solidarity to be held at Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on December 6-7, 2016.

The Provincial Training Heads of BDA-CenMin expressed their commitment of continuing support to Bangsamoro Development Agency-Central Mindanao (BDA-CenMin) during the Trainers’ General Meeting held at Jasmin Street, Rosary Heights 6, Cotabato City last Thursday, December 1, 2016, Zuhaira Mangansakan, Information Communication and Learning Officer of BDA-CenMin said.

For over a week recently, government security forces have been battling the Maute brothers in Butig, Lanao Del Sur. Scores of casualties from both sides were reported. But the greater damage or suffering has been inflicted on the civilians who were uprooted from their homes.

Geneva Call through its Program Manager, Mr. Chris Rush invited the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to the meeting of Armed Non-State Actors (ANSAs) in Geneva last November 22-24, 2016, where two officers of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) namely, Toks Ebrahim and Dr.  Parido Pigkaulan represented the Moro Front. 

After a four-day exhaustive consultation-workshops facilitated by the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS), participants in the Bangsamoro CSO-Leaders Assembly coming from Central Mindanao, Northern Mindanao and Western Mindanao held in Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City from November 21-25, 2016 declared their unwavering support for the Mindanao Peace Process.

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