While pleased that the parties were continuing to engage each other, Othman nonetheless criticized the Philippine government for its lack of initiative on peace talks and in resolving the internally displaced persons (IDPs) situation in Mindanao. The government, he said, demonstrated a lack of creativity in negotiations and was not interested in learning from other peace processes, unlike the MILF, which had learned much from the Northern Ireland example.
The MILF’s proposal also sought a firm commitment —
before the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement — that
the government would eventually make efforts to amend the
Philippine Constitution to establish the new Muslim
autonomous region. However, citing the established process
for constitutional amendments, which must originate in
Congress, Seguis said the government could not make that
Wikileaks: Demonstrating the MILF’s dissatisfaction with negotiations, Mastura described the potential for an MILF backlash — but also noted how its current posture was somewhat restrained. “We can still make trouble and Balkanize the area,” Mastura warned. “Please do not allow us to do that.”
s between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government, up to 5,000 displaced families are still thought to be living in camps and relocation sites in southern Mindanao, most of them in the province of Maguindanao.
Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. today assailed the reported plan of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to spend nearly P400 million for the rehabilitation of Macabalan Port in Cagayan de Oro City, calling it “overpriced” and “patently disadvantageous to the government.”
Staring at a distance, 48-year-old Susan Matunhay of Barangay Mabaus is worried about not being able to continue sending her children to school now that her family is deprived of livelihood due to continuous flooding.
Antonio de Guzman, Research Specialist of the Department of Energy Mindanao Field Office said that based on projections of the planning division from the DOE’s central office, they are estimating the required energy needs of the island’s grid based on economic growth rate.
Despite Tagum City’s meteoric rises as a bustling urban hub, local authorities here are making sure to set ecological balance.
Some 74 trainees have been undergoing a one-month training in Poblacion Kaputian this city for the Special CAFGU Active Auxiliary (SCAA) conducted by the Task Force Davao (TFD) in coordination with the 72nd IB Command and the city government of Island Garden City of Samal.
The Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) in its recent report to DA Sec. Proceso J. Alcala noted that 27 percent of the total 49,537 individual beneficiaries of the Program are indigenous peoples (IPs) who belong to the most marginalized sectors of the rural Mindanao. Of the number, 7,665 were male and 5,715 were female.