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Peace Process
The peacebuilding course called OP Kors!
Written by H. Marcos C. Mordeno   
Monday, 22 February 2010 01:51

(From the book "Soldiers for Peace" published by the Balay Mindanao Foundation, Inc. Authored by Bobby Timonera, one of the editors at MindaNews, the book, which contains 21 stories on peacebuilding, was launched at the Ateneo de Davao University on February 19. This piece was written by H. Marcos C. Mordeno, also an editor of MindaNews).

All their lives as soldiers revolved around hunting the “enemy” and dutifully reporting statistics on casualties, rebels killed or captured, firearms recovered and other stuff that readers usually find in the pages of the morning papers. But for five days in October 2009, 25 junior officers of the AFP’s Eastern Mindanao Command and six police officers did what used to be unthinkable – attend Operation Peace Course (OP Kors!), a training-workshop on peace building organized by Balay Mindanaw. This batch of participants from the security sector was joined by three education officials from Compostela Valley.

RP is model for peacebuilding, Defense Secretary says
Written by Carolyn O. Arguillas/MindaNews   
Sunday, 21 February 2010 11:34

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/20 February--  The Philippines has become the model for peacebuilding efforts in the United Nations and in conflict-affected areas in the world, Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales told a peace policy forum at the Ateneo de Davao University on Friday. 

Gov’t, MILF reset talks for March
Written by Carolyn O. Arguillas/MindaNews   
Saturday, 20 February 2010 07:42
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 February) -- The Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels have postponed to March their February 18 to 19 meeting in Kuala Lumpur to review the drafts on the comprehensive peace settlement that they exchanged on January 27.

The postponement was upon the request of the MILF panel and also in deference to the Mindanao visit of the reconnaissance team of the Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team (IMT) on February 18 to 20.

Treating the people with respect
Written by Bobby Timonera   
Saturday, 20 February 2010 07:39
(From the book, "Soldiers for Peace" published by the Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. The book, written by Bobby Timonera, contains 21 stories on peacebuilding and was launched at the Ateneo de Davao University on February 19).

Dante Salgado chairs the Green Valley Farmers Association in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City in Bukidnon. He is one of the founding members of this organization which was founded in 2003.

A small time farmer growing vegetables like string beans and tomatoes in a tiny piece of land amidst endless fields of pineapple, sugar cane and other crops, this peasant leader who remained poor after all these years is naturally bound to ask questions about land ownership. “Why do some people own vast tracts of land that are more than they can till in their lifetime, and we poor farmers don’t own anything?”

International Monitoring Team’s advance party arrives
Written by MindaNews   
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 00:55
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 February) – The Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team (IMT) is back.

Its advance party, the IMT Reconnaissance Team is arriving in Cotabato City February 17 to conduct an ocular inspection of the proposed IMT Sites in preparation for the deployment of  a new batch to Mindanao, IMT-5, the fifth batch since  2004.

Lawyer says there are several ways of adopting “State –Sub-state” relations
Written by Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews   
Sunday, 31 January 2010 08:21
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 January) – There are several ways of adopting a “State- Sub-state relationship” in the Philippines: by amending the autonomous region provisions of the Constitution or by “appending to or incorporating by reference in the Constitution whatever comprehensive peace agreement is reached” between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), lawyer Soliman Santos, whose masteral law thesis at the University of Melbourne in 1999 was on the “Constitutional Accommodation of a Moro Islamic System in the Philippines,” said.
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