The resources gathered from contributions may serve only a small per cent of 8,000 families still displaced, “But this would not stop us from doing what we can to help the victims and let everyone know the situation of the people in Zamboanga.” …
Probe military abuses of Zambo detainees including children, rights groups demand
A 17-year-old told Human Rights Watch that Philippine soldiers beat him up to force him to admit he was a rebel fighter. He said he eventually lied and said he was with the MNLF so that the beatings would stop.
Conflict wouldn’t have lasted long, and could have saved lives, in Zamboanga City
The National Ulama Conference of the Philippines in the Zambasulta Region said his group and civil society organizations offered viable options to break the standoff sooner between the MNLF followers of Misuari, and state security forces in Zambo.
Children’s group calls for peace in Zamboanga
MANILA – “We want peace.” This is the call of children as the war in Zamboanga continues and casualties are increasing. Children and child’s rights organizations gathered in a peace and solidarity action on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani grounds. They carried banners bearing calls such as “Genuine peace in Mindanao,…
‘Convergence,’ ‘strategic balance’ key to peace in Mindanao — professor of Islamic Studies
“The Aquino government fails to grasp the historical roots of the Bangsamoro struggle.” – Dean Julkipli M. Wadi, Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines
War drum signal
Clueless in Zamboanga
By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld As of this writing (Sept. 19), the President of the Philippines, Benigno Simeon Aquino III, had been five days in Zamboanga, where, according to Palace sources, as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces he was “directing military operations” against the minute force of the Moro National Liberation Front…
By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld The humanitarian crisis affecting hundreds of thousands of civilians in Zamboanga City in the wake of the eruption of hostilities between armed Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) forces under Chairman Nur Misuari and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) looms as a dark…
Groups call for ceasefire, investigation into what caused the war in Zambo
“Someone has to be held accountable for this humanitarian crisis, where thousands are made to suffer and children are getting sick in evacuation centers.” – Neil Murad, Suara Bangsamoro
Lamenting lost homes, seeing MNLF forces up close
Zambo evacuees recount the “politeness” of MNLF members, and the “oddness” of the state military burning houses of civilians as a strategy.
Candles lit against Aquino’s war in Zambo
‘This deadly, destructive war was launched in Aquino’s attempt to divert attention away from the pork barrel scandal.’