In The Spotlight
In his speech delivered during the celebration of the country’s 119th Independence Day in Zamboanga City, Presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza urged stakeholders to work on relationship building and healing the wounds and divisions brought about by armed conflict, said a report by OPAPP posted in its official website.
“The lack of understanding of history fuels biases against Muslims as the ongoing clashes in Marawi City revive anti-Muslims sentiments in the country”, Asif Ahmad, British Ambassador to the Philippines said as quoted by Rappler in its July 10 report.
Rep. Bai Sandra Sema of the 1st District of Maguindanao condemned the extremist groups for “sowing terror and fear among the people of Marawi City and considered their acts as not Islamic. She also said that the group responsible in the outbreak of violence in Marawi does not represent Islam.
Davao City – The conveners of the National Civil Society Platform for Transitional Justice (NCSPT) issued a statement of appeal and support for the immediate creation of National Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission on the Bangsamoro (NTJRCB).
An article posted online by Mindanews on June 5 says that Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) 1st Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar appealed for the immediate release of Fr. Teresito “Chito” Soganub, who has been held captive since clashes between goverment forces and terrorists in Marawi began on May 23.
Rejecting aid from the European Union could cut support to peace-building programs in Mindanao like livelihood assistance in Moro Islamic Liberation Front camps and the delivery of basic services to conflict-affected communities, Philstar reports says on May 19.
Muslim Clerics and Aleema in Southern Philippines attended an Ulama Summit against Terrorism held at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, ORC Compound, Cotabato City from May 12-14, 2017.
In the light of the implementation by Maguindanaon Development Foundation Incorporated (MDFi) of Project Support Interventions to the MNLF-MILF Convergence in Areas, the MDFi, in cooperation with The Asia Foundation (TAF) conducted a forum entitled Peace Process Updates and Critical Convergence Points for Bangsamoro Fronts at SunCity Suites, General Santos City on May 9, 2017.
Tacurong City – “There were no bandits in that place, referring to Sitio Mantisao where armed clashes took place on Thursday, May 18. The community is MILF controlled area,” Von Al Haqq, Spokesperson of BIAF-MILF told luwaran.com.
With a conviction that establishing the envisioned autonomous government would address the Bangsamoro issues, 32 Moro women leaders urged the Philippine government to pass the Bangsamoro Enabling Law (BEL) first before the state will be shifting into federalism.
The government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will create a single communications roadmap to strengthen the knowledge of the public on the Bangsamoro peace process, said an online Mindanews report on June 5.
Ms. Irene Santiago, Chair of the GPH Peace Implementing Panel revealed that the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) has approved the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Tuesday, June 6.
Leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) met yesterday (May 29) with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (PRRD) in Davao City to discuss the current humanitarian crisis in Marawi City which is still reeling from the effects of the armed clashes between state forces and the so-called Maute group.