Boots off. Yes, it’s a boots off for Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) mujahideen somewhere in Maguindanao. It means “peacetime.” It was great to see the fighters so relaxed, smile on their faces and not as worried as they were in times of war. And it’s a rare moment to see these battle-weary fighter smiling. We asked several fighters if how they feel about the recent signing of the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro, their common answer: HAPPY.
North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza and Aleosan Mayor Loreto Cabaya explain the differences between the GPH-MILF Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed in Malacanan Palace on October 15, 2012, and the 2008 Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) whose scheduled signing on August 5, 2008 was stopped when the Supreme Court a day earlier, granted the petition filed by the North Cotabato government for a temporary restraining order.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 October) – I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have witnessed and documented the most historic event for Mindanao, the signing of the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro at the Malacañan Palace a week ago.
Along with my colleagues – Carolyn Arguillas and Froilan Gallardo – the event is important for me not just as a journalist but more importantly as a probinsyano stakeholder.
As a young boy, I have been a witness to the animosity in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato, one of the gateways to the former Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) main headquarters – the Camp Abubakar Assidique that straddled Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and North Cotabato. Read More »
I’m so pleased to have witnessed this historic signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro at tha Malacañan Palace on October 15,2012. As a stakeholder, I hope that this will put an end to the decades-old of conflict and will pave way to the return of thousands of internally displaced persons or bakwit across Mindanao.
Hundreds of Muslims and peace advocates coming from Mindanao as well as from Metro Manila have gathered at Mendiola on Sunday afternoon for peace rally on the eve of the signing of the Framework Agreement between the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that will be held at the Malacanang Palace.