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Tilapia brings displaced Moros back to war-torn villages

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A farmer disperses tilapia fingerlings, donated by the Maguindanao provincial government, in a fish cage in Barangay Busligan in Datu Salibo town, scene of bloody encounters between soldiers and Moro rebels from between 2000 to 2008.MAGUINDANAO, Philippines – The fragile peace and the potentials of modern backyard tilapia culture are enticing Moro peasant families to return to a conflict-stricken district in Datu Salibo town which they abandoned due to deadly conflicts in years past.

Life is now returning to normal in Barangay Busligan in Datu Salibo, whose residents were driven away from their enclaves by the deadly encounters between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the military between 2000 and 2008.

For local folks, backyard tilapia culture, which is now a lucrative industry in some areas in Maguindanao, was the 'magnet' that hastened the return of evacuees.

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Alma Moreno vows help for Maguindanao biz goals

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Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno, national chairperson of the league of councilors, and Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu pose for press photographers during a break in their meeting in Buluan town on Friday. MAGUINDANAO, Philippines  - Actress Alma Moreno of the national councilors’ league said she will help in the promotion of Maguindanao as investment site.

Moreno on Friday paid Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu a visit in Buluan town to thank him for supporting her candidacy for the league's top post during its March 2014 election.

Moreno, a councilor in Parañaque, is the league’s incumbent national chairperson.


Flooding disrupts Ramadan in parts of Maguindanao

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MAGUINDANAO - It is the recurring flashfloods, not armed conflicts as what authorities had prepared for, that have been disrupting the on-going observance of Ramadan by residents in the province and surrounding towns in low-lying areas in North Cotabato.

Hundreds of commuters were again stranded on Wednesday at the Bulalo-Pinaring stretch of the Cotabato-Davao Highway in Maguindanao’s Sultan Kudarat town after rivers straddling through the area overflowed and inundated the thoroughfare following three days of heavy rains in surrounding hinterlands.

Workers of the Humanitarian Emergency Action and Relief Team (HEART) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the local government unit of Sultan Kudarat, the police, and the military were busy helping commuters and motorists cross through the flooded portions of the highway until dawn Thursday.


Clans end rido in Buluan

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MAGUINDANAO, Philippines --- Leaders of two more feuding Moro clans on Tuesday swore over the Quran to end their decades-old “rido” that caused the deaths of dozens from both sides in clashes.

The reconciliation rite, held at Buluan town in Maguindanao, was preceded by last month’s reconciliation of five rival ethnic Iranon families from the first district of the province, through the efforts of the inter-agency provincial peace and order council (PPOC).

The Utto and Kabugatan families in Maguindanao’s adjoining Sultan sa Barongis and Rajah Buayan towns agreed to reconcile last Tuesday through the joint intercession of Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, and Brig. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan of the Army's 6th Infantry Division.


Pink mosque to open to Muslims in Maguindanao for Ramadan

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Mindanao's first ever "pink mosque," located in Datu Saudi town in Maguidanao, built by Mayor Samsodin Dimaukom, will be opened to public use during the first day of the Islamic Ramadan fasting month.COTABATO CITY, Philippines - Muslim clerics will converge in designated spots in the city and surrounding Maguindanao towns starting dusk on Friday for the centuries-old moon sighting tradition to determine the start of the Ramadan.

Meanwhile, a pink mosque in Maguindanao is set to open to public this Ramadan season.

As a religious obligation, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during the month of Ramadan, a practice meant to inculcate among them the importance of self-restraint in achieving spiritual perfection and harmony with all people, regardless of religions and races.  

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