DepEd-ARMM’s anti-graft drive nets P800-M savings

COTABATO CITY, June 6 (Mabuhay) — Efforts to effect reform in what used to be graft-ridden Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao have been gaining headway in the government’s “Daang Matuwid” campaign. Quite surprisingly, the controversial Department of...

OPAPP-DILG-AECID to train LGUs on peace promoting planning

More local government units (LGUs) from various municipalities are set to be trained this year on mainstreaming conflict sensitivity and peace promoting approaches to their planning processes, Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace...

OPAPP: Peace process with CPP/NPA/NDF should bring an end to violence

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles on Monday said that the peace process with the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) should have a clear agenda for ending violence and bringing peace to the...

DepEd allots additional grant for private Muslim schools

The Department of Education has earmarked an additional P250,000 grant to each Muslim school (madaris) to upgrade their physical facilities and improve operational capabilities to better implement a culturally sensitive and Islam-friendly curriculum. The one-time financial...

Seven dead as Philippine rebel resists arrest

ZAMBOANGA, April 7, 2011 (AFP) – Seven people were killed including a Philippine Muslim rebel on Thursday during a firefight with soldiers and police, officials said. The clash occurred on Kalianta, a tiny island off the Zamboanga peninsula of the southern island of...

Death toll hits 11, hundreds flee Philippine clash

COTABATO, April 4, 2011 (AFP) – Hundreds of residents fled a remote Philippine village after 11 men including relatives of a powerful politician died in a clash with Muslim rebels, officials said Monday. A 500-strong armored army unit deployed in the deserted village of...

Indonesia, Philippines boost joint anti-terror fight

JAKARTA, March 8, 2011 (AFP) – Indonesia and the Philippines on Tuesday pledged to boost cooperation in the fight against terror during the first visit to Jakarta by Philippine President Benigno Aquino. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the two countries...

Philippine Muslim rebels say Kadhafi ‘power-hungry’

MANILA, March 3, 2011 (AFP) – The Philippines’ main Muslim rebel group said the uprising against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi showed him to be a power-hungry failure, although it thanked him for helping to arm its men. In a statement posted on its official website...

Philippines sees Muslim rebel settlement in a year

MANILA, February 11, 2011 (AFP) – The Philippine government said Friday it hoped to end a decades-long Muslim separatist rebellion within 12 months, after the two sides held their first peace talks in two years. Chief government negotiator Marvic Leonen said he came away...

Philippines seeks exploratory talks with Muslim rebels

MANILA, December 22, 2010 (AFP) – The Philippine government said Wednesday it hopes to start exploratory talks next month with Muslim rebels waging a decades-old rebellion in the country’s south. Formal invitations have been sent to Mohagher Iqbal, the chief...