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Enough of Duterte’s cesspool politics

By LEON DULCE KALIBUTAN MANILA — The vividly crass mouth of President Rodrigo Duterte supplies the perfect word to describe his administration’s environmental policy: ‘Cesspool.’ This is how Duterte described the pollution crisis in Boracay island to project a sense of urgency in his marching orders to close down the island. Duterte’s subordinates quickly went…

The peace advocacy group InPeace Mindanao calls on authorities to probe thoroughly the three recent bombings in Cotabato City and Sultan Kudarat, and challenged the Aquino government to do what the hawkish Arroyo administration had failed to do: uncover alleged military-Abu Sayyaf connivance. InPeace said hawkish responses to bombings are rehashed and not credible to…

By CHERYLL D. FIEL
Like the Moro in many parts of Mindanao, evacuation has become a way of life for the Lumads . They would rather sleep in schools, at village halls or town gymnasiums than stay in their villages and bear the brunt of military operations.

Even as President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has announced during her State of the Nation Address that peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are likely to resume before the end of this month, the MILF’s negotiating panel has expressed skepticism about whether or not the talks can go very far.

The umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan today condemned the four explosions that rocked Mindanao, particularly Jolo in Sulu, the city of Iligan and Lanao del Norte. “The explosions that resulted in civilian deaths are condemnable and cannot be justified. We condemn in the strongest terms the spate of bombings that have hit Mindanao over the…

Initiatives for Peace in Mindanao PRESS STATEMENT July 7, 2009 InPeace calls for independent probe on bombings InPeace Mindanao calls for an independent probe on the bombings in Mindanao that will also look into a military plot intended to stage emergency rule. We urge the authorities to look beyond the ‘Muslim terrorist’ propaganda fanned by…