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Solon eyes wider security powers for gov’t under Bangsamoro Basic Law

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A former military chief-turned- lawmaker wants to amend the Bangsamoro Basic Law that will widen the security powers of the government to include not only against the external but internal threats as well.

Posted: October 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Ramos warns vs rushing set-up of new Bangsamoro autonomy

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While the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro might be the country’s “last chance” for peace, former President Fidel V. Ramos, whose term saw an earlier peace deal, is at odds with approving its draft law on a deadline.

Posted: October 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Probe into relocation of Badjaos sought

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BADJAO EVACUEES  Once a popular promenade, Roseller T. Lim Boulevard in Zamboanga City’s Cawa-Cawa District has become a squalid encampment for seafaring Badjao displaced by the siege of the city by Moro National Liberation Front rebels last September. Disease stalks the camps, inflicting a high mortality rate, particularly among children.  EDWIN BACASMAS

Militant lawmakers have sought an investigation into the relocation of Badjaos to the mountains of Zamboanga City after the failed Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) siege last year.

Posted: October 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

CHR: Zamboanga City rehabilitation of siege victims not compliant with laws

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A YEAR AFTER THE BATTLE  Damaged houses on stilts still stand on the shore at Mariki village in Zamboanga City, which Moro National Liberation Front rebels torched when government forces thwarted their attempt to seize the city in September last year. A year after the battle, thousands of residents of Zamboanga City remain homeless and in dire need of government help.  JEOFFREY MAITEM/INQUIRER MINDANAO

The Commission on Human Rights has said the city government’s handling of residents displaced by the September 2013 siege here was not compliant with domestic and international laws.

Posted: October 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Don’t keep Misuari out of Mindanao peace deal—Duterte

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Nur Misuari.  FILE PHOTO

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte warned Sunday that the government should not keep Nur Misuari out of any new peace settlement in Mindanao, saying that the leader of the Moro rebels at the height of their secessionist revolt in the 1970s was “still a man to reckon with” and had an equally valid and internationally recognized peace agreement with the government.

Posted: September 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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