Their being accustomed to the responsibilities of housekeeping and motherhood, their tenacity, female stubbornness and lack of ego — these qualities of women fueled, to a great extent, the peace movement for Muslim Mindanao that is now in its crucial phase, said Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, the presidential adviser on the peace process.
Fintailan Leonora Mokudev, a member of the Teduray tribe in Maguindanao, has a different take on women’s empowerment among indigenous peoples (IPs) and Lumads or non-Muslim IP groups.
SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao – The military’s “persuader” brigade has planted the seed of peace among warring families living in Maguindanao communities with an imaginary “wall” due to “ rido” (family feud).
Whatever P-Noy’s reasons for not mentioning the SAF 44 (why is no one bemoaning the nonmention as well of the 17 Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters and the three civilians?) in his State of the Nation Address, criticism of his “sin of omission” is directed against the wrong people.
DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao— For a month now, teachers of Datu Unsay Elementary School (DUES) in Datu Unsay, Maguindanao, have been both teachers and students because they study Arabic after teaching hours.
SALIPADA K. PENDATUN, Maguindanao – More than a hundred young children by the roadside amidst rice fields chanted and waved little flags as Army troopers and provincial officials arrived in the village of Kulasi.
BARIRA, Maguindanao – An Army brigade has been pulled out of Camp Abubakar, a former camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in this town. Philippine military officials said the withdrawal was part of the normalization process.
President Benigno Aquino III and other officials witnessed the June 16 turnover of the 75 firearms and the decommissioning of 145 MILF members as mandated by the Annex on Normalization of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.
BULUAN, Maguindanao – While most city and municipal halls or plazas have the statue of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Maguindanao province opted not to put a hero or a certain personality for its monument.
COTABATO CITY — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is completing the UN-MILF action plan that will remove the organization from the list of groups that use child soldiers.