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Groups swear by the Qur'an in support of Mindanao peace process

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COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Members of the Alliance of Lumads, Iranons and Maguindanaons (ALIM), and dozens of peace advocates supporting the group on Tuesday swore by the Qur’an to remain strong in helping the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) in their communities.

The founding chairman of ALIM, Maguindanao Vice Gov. Lester Sinsuat, said they embarked on the “spiritual session” to allay public speculations sparked by rumors being spread by certain quarters that the bloc, a staunch supporter of the Mindanao peace process, had been weakened by irreconcilable political differences among members.

He said it would be difficult for them to support the peace process if people would believe in the rumors and, as consequence, lose their trust and confidence in ALIM as a peace-oriented organization.


Bangsamoro team defeats PBA legends in ‘solidarity match’

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Hassan Aburamya, who is of Moro-Kuwaiti descent, and his ethnic Teduray teammate, Andy Amando, never thought they can defeat the living legends in the Philippine Basketball Association that came to the province Saturday night for a “solidarity match” with a newly-formed Bangsamoro team.

Organized by the provincial government of Maguindanao, the basketball game between the 18-member “tri-people” Bangsamoro team, comprised of Moro, Christian and lumad athletes, and the PBA veterans, led by coach Fortunato “Atoy” Co, was meant to show that there is fragile peace now in the province as a result of the continuing peace overture between Malacañang and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Aburamya and Amando were among the Bangsamoro players that scored good enough in the game.


Azkals' Chieffy leads 'football for peace' in Maguindanao

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MAGUINDANAO, Philippines  – Ten-year-old Karim, son of a Moro farmer,  has always loved football since he was in second grade. It was then a happy day when the team captain of Philippine football team Azkals came to Buluan town and taught them techniques of the sport.

Last Updated ( Monday, 07 April 2014 14:49 ) Read more...

All set for Maguindanao’s April 6 ‘peace kanduli’

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A thousand more applicants shall be added to the list of more than 4,000 college scholars of the Maguindanao provincial government to cap off the April 6 “kanduli” to celebrate the March 27 signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro.

The kanduli gathering is a centuries-old Maguindanaon tradition, where folks gather to pray and partake of a banquet tendered in honor of a guest, or to celebrate special events, or in seeking divine blessing for community activities.

Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu told Daily Zamboanga Times his office has invited the government’s chief negotiator, Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, and her counterpart in the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Muhaquer Iqbal, to grace the kanduli.

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 April 2014 16:01 ) Read more...

Army welcomes kids of Moro rebels in camp

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Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu shakes hand with Army officers that volunteered to help in the joint foreign jobs placement project, open to 25,000 applicants, of the provincial government and 6th Infantry Division, launched at Camp Siongco on Tuesday. (JOHN UNSON) MAGUINDANAO, Philippines -- The Army’s 6th Infantry Division on Tuesday opened the gates of Camp Siongco to children of Moro rebels and dependents of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters who may qualify for foreign employment under a placement program intended for 25,000 applicants.

The employment project “Light for Work” is a joint undertaking of the office of Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, the 6th ID, and the provincial league of mayors, in support of the socio-economic component of the Mindanao peace process.

Last Updated ( Monday, 24 February 2014 14:27 ) Read more...
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