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Peace Process
Garcia: with time constraints, best to put back ceasefire mechanisms in place
Written by Romy B. Elusfa/MindaNews Peace Correspondent   
Thursday, 05 November 2009 16:31
MARAWI CITY (05 November) --The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) may not be able to strike a final peace agreement during the remaining days of the Arroyo administration but the parties can restore the ceasefire mechanisms they had set up.

This was the belief of Ret. Lt. Gen. Rodolfo Garcia, former government chief negotiator in the talks with the MILF. 

Bantay Ceasefire gears up for humanitarian protection program
Written by Romy B. Elusfa/MindaNews Peace Correspondent   
Thursday, 05 November 2009 16:28
MARAWI CITY—“Beyond ceasefie monitoring, you are expanding to a new area of work—a shift or expansion of the current paradigm. It is a right decision. It is time to adopt concrete measures to protect the victims of war.” These were the words of Ret. Gen. Rodolfo Garcia, former chair of the government panel in the negotiations  with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for over 150 Bantay Ceasefire volunteers gathered here for a three-day Assembly that started today.

“So this assembly, to chart that direction, is very timely,” Garcia, who was keynote speaker of the Assembly said as he enumerated the many successful engagements he had with the Bantay Ceasefire.

FGDs identify other sources of armed conflict
Written by MindaNews   
Monday, 02 November 2009 02:16
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 November) – The focus group discussions (FGDs) conducted by Konsult Mindanaw! on the peace process following the botched Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) last year, have identified rido and mining as among “other sources of  armed conflict.”
Bantay Ceasefire to hold assembly in Marawi
Written by MindaNews   
Thursday, 29 October 2009 05:17

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/27 Oct) -- A grassroots-based peace monitoring volunteer group will hold its assembly at the Mindanao State University in neighboring Marawi City on Nov. 4-6.

GRP, MILF sign agreement to protect civilians
Written by Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews   
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 14:16

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 October) – The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed Tuesday afternoon an agreement to expand the mandate of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) to include civilian protection.

In Northern Mindanao, peace consultations show residents want end to environmental abuse
Written by MindaNews   
Monday, 26 October 2009 03:52
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 October) --   In Northern Mindanao, the residents' vision of peace, according to results of the "security" aspect of the community consultations and dialogue that Konsult Mindanaw conducted,  is more on  “protection of the environment” than “freedom from fear” and “a drug-free society.”

“Environmental protection is an urgent call,” said Linda Tawagon, president of Dansalan College in Marawi City, and concurrent member of Konsult Mindanaw. 

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