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Maguindanao has new OIC governor
Written by Carolyn O. Arguillas/MindaNews   
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 09:22
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 February) – Businessman Gani Biruar is the new OIC Governor of Maguindanao, vice Nariman “Ina” Ambolodto who retains her post as OIC Vice Governor,  Haroun Alrashid Lucman, secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s  Department of Interior and Local Government, said.
‘Punitive’ GAA provision imperils ARMM operations; Urgent Presidential veto sought
Written by Ali G. Macabalang/BPI-ARMM   
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 03:10
(Ali G. Macabalang ia Executive Director of the ARMM's Bureau of Public Information)

COTABATO CITY (BPI-ARMM/23 Feb) -- New officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are calling for an urgent veto of what they lamented yesterday as "grossly punitive” provision in this year’s General Appropriations Act (GAA) governing fund releases to the ARMM governance.

Families of Ampatuan Massacre victims hit special treatment of Andal Sr.
Written by MindaNews   
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 01:42

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 Feb) -- Families of journalists killed in the Ampatuan Massacre criticized on Tuesday, on the third month since the incident, the alleged special treatment accorded to Andal S. Ampatuan Sr.

Forum on Sustaining a Peace Process: Lessons from Peace Processes in Hard Times
Written by The Asia Foundation   
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 01:39

The prospect of forging a final peace agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) within the current Arroyo administration is getting slimmer as the national May 2010 presidential elections draw nearer. Talks have resumed but only after a tumultuous 18 months that almost shattered every single gain that the peace process managed to build. Time is not on the side of the Peace Panels as they face the challenge of forging something concrete and actionable. The idea of an interim agreement has been floated to reflect the need to transition the talks safely from the current to the next administration.  

From DDR to ‘reflective dialogue’; Apo singers as peacemakers
Written by MindaNews   
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 09:19
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 February) — From “Disarmament, Demobilization and Rehabilitation”, the national government is now adopting “reflective dialogue” as its new approach in pushing the Mindanao peace process but with the PR man of a major mining venture based in Tampakan, South Cotabato at the frontline.

Danny M. Javier of the Apo Hiking Society, a band which became popular from the 1970s to the early 1990s, has been working since last year as communications and stakeholder engagement adviser to SMI.

Will the armed forces wage peace as a matter of policy?
Written by H. Marcos C. Mordeno/MindaNews   
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 09:16
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 February) -- All those who attended last Friday’s forum on security sector reform at the Ateneo de Davao University agreed it was high time to apply peace building as a part of the military’s overall strategy in combating insurgency. But they also acknowledged that this approach faces obstacles and questions from a military establishment that for decades has relied on body counts as the major indicator of success against rebel groups.
Bukidnon to rectify ‘errors’ in Kaamulan shows
Written by Walter I. Balane/MindaNews   
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 09:12

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/22 February) – Changes are being made to correct errors committed in the past celebrations of Bukidnon’s Kaamulan Festival, an official of the Zubiri administration’s newly created office for indigenous peoples said.

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