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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 »

Bangsamoro bill off to rough start at House

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Rep. Celso Lobregat of Zamboanga City. congress.gov.ph

The 75-member House committee drafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) got off to a rough start on Tuesday as members clashed on whether or not to allow two fugitive Muslim rebels to attend the public hearings.

Posted: September 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Thousands still in evacuation center 11 months after Zamboanga siege

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A young evacuee, one of the thousands affected by the stand-off between Philippine government forces and Muslim rebels, shelters from the scorching heat as others queue up for food distribution at an evacuation centre inside a sports complex in Zamboanga, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on September 20, 2013. Philippine security forces killed eight Muslim rebels on September 20 as they hunted the remnants of a guerrilla force hiding in homes of the major city and believed to be holding hostages.      AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Eleven months after Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) forces tried to occupy the city, the residents displaced by the conflict still do not know if government has a clear housing plan for them.

Posted: August 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t troop deployment near MILF camps to foil BIFF attacks, says general

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Members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front  AP FILE PHOTO

Government troops did not violate a ceasefire with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mindanao as a top official said the recent movements in two Maguindanao towns were meant as a preemptive move against possible attacks from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

MILF slams military’s troop deployment as war posturing

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Members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front  AP FILE PHOTO

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) accused the military of war posturing and violating the existing ceasefire agreement by deploying troops “in full battle gear” near rebel-identified areas in Maguindanao.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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