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A Quick Look at Cotabato City

Traveling for work really has its perks. Here I am again in the south of the Philippines. Where? The place where everyone thinks is a hostile area. 554 more words


Lagalag: Cotabato; Stone Fortress of Mindanao

I never thought that I would be somewhere in a place where crescent moons, mosques were venerated, where women are covered with colorful fabrics. I guess, its a welcome remark for me. 235 more words


Beyond Mamasapano: Tough road still ahead for Bangsamoro peace

BARANGAY TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao — The skeleton of a new bridge, concrete, now stands close to the old wood one made iconic by the bloody incident six months ago. 209 more words


Peace advocate Man Hee Lee declares urgency to amend International Law

Peace advocate Man Hee Lee declares urgency to amend International Law

Manila & Maguindanao, Philippines, Jun 2: A peace advocate and Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (“HWPL”), Man Hee Lee, who solved a 40-year conflict of Mindanao between government forces and the Moro-Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), returned to the region for the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace. 451 more words


Killing the Messenger

On November 23, 2009, 58 people—32 of them journalists—were murdered in Ampatuan, Philippines by a group of armed men. It was later discovered that the powerful Ampuatan political clan was responsible for the massacre, with Datu Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan, Jr. 514 more words

The Philippines -- a Perspective of a Random Foreigner I Met at the Jeepney

12:30 pm. I decided to ride a jeepney on the way to the office.

Going there, I rode a 13C jeepney. and across me was a foreigner (can’t tell if he was Caucasian, Australian or American) who I think was in his 60s discussing with the Filipino passenger beside me about the Philippines. 784 more words

Philippine Military Says Bomb-Maker Abdul Basit Usman Killed

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief confirmed Monday that wanted Filipino bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman, who has links to the Indonesian-based Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network and is a suspect in deadly bomb attacks in the south, has been killed. 755 more words