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COMMENT: Peace Pact Still Possible? (4) By Patricio P. Diaz
Written by Patricio P. Diaz/MindaNews   
Monday, 22 February 2010 02:00

(Last Installment)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 Feb) – MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal’s remarks at the GRP-MILF at the opening of the GRP-MILF meeting last January 28 depicted the state of the peace process at the sunset of Arroyo’s nine-year rule. The question he tacitly asked will remain a defining issue.

COMMENT: Peace Pact Still Possible? (3) By Patricio P. Diaz
Written by Patricio P. Diaz/MindaNews   
Sunday, 21 February 2010 03:46

(3rd Installment)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 February) – In the second installment, we commented on Chapters II, III and IV of the 2003 Draft Peace Agreement. We are going to discuss the remaining chapters in this installment.

June 5, 2003


The government is offering the MILF “enhanced” autonomy.  But nowhere in the proposal are the geographical area and political jurisdiction defined.  Certainly, this cannot be in the air.

PEACETALK: To see this total transformation in our lifetime. By Bobby Timonera
Written by Bobby Timonera   
Sunday, 21 February 2010 03:37
(Bobby Timonera, one of the editors at MindaNews, delivered this speech about  the book he authored, “Soldiers for Peace: A collection of peacebuilding stories in Mindanao,” at the February 19 launching at the Ateneo de Davao University).

Like many of us civilians here, early in my life I admired the life of a soldier.

As a little boy, I enjoyed my war toys at Christmas. I did mock wars with my little plastic toy soldiers, with the battery-powered tanks and the toy Armalite. Later, I enjoyed baril-barilan with the neighborhood boys, eventually graduating into a war with slingshots against boys in the next village, the open ground between both villages becoming our battlefield. We even tied a poor boy, our prisoner of war, to a post all afternoon for all his friends to see, until their leader came to negotiate for his release.

COMMENT: Peace Pact Still Possible? (2) By Patricio P. Diaz
Written by Patricio P. Diaz/MindaNews   
Saturday, 20 February 2010 07:28
(2nd Installment)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / February 19) – Uncertainty looms over the next GRP-MILF meeting on February 18 and 19. In the first installment, we discussed how optimism turned sour in the GRP-MILF meeting last January 27.

BISAG UNSA: Mamugnaong Powetika alang sa Balangay. Ni Macario D. Tiu
Written by Macario D. Tiu/MindaNews   
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 00:52
(Pakigpulong sa Taboan 2010: Philippine International Writers Festival, Dakbayan sa Sugbo, Pebrero 10-12, 2010)

Gipapili kog unsay akong hisgotan: ang mamugnaong powetikang bisaya ba o ang akong kaugalingong mamugnaong powetika. Ang una, ang mamugnaong powetikang bisaya, itsa-pwera gyod, kay kining sabjeka wala pa nako giproblema. Ang akong masulti mahitungod niini mabaw ra gyod. Ang bugtong literaturang bisaya nga akong nahibaw-an kadto rang akong mabasa sa Bisaya Magasin nga akong ginabasa para sa lenggwahe kay mao kini ang labing maayong magtutudlo sa pinulongang Bisaya. Busa mapugos gyod kog diskas sa ikaduhang pilionon, ang akong kaugalingong powetika. Sa pagkatinuod, lisod sab ni nga sabjek kay kini pa lang ang unang higayon nga akong analisahon ang akong kaugaligong mamugnaong powetika. Kon unsa may bili niini, malipayon kong iambit kaninyo kon unsay akong agian sa pagsulat og usa ka mubong sugilanon.

COMMENT: Peace Pact Still Possible? (1) By Patricio P. Diaz
Written by Patricio P. Diaz/MindaNews   
Monday, 15 February 2010 18:15

I. Tacit Question

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 February)  “Is the peace pact still possible in five months?” This was the question – and the title, too – MILF negotiation panel chair Mohagher Iqbal’s five-paragraph opening statement tacitly asked when the GRP and MILF panels met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last January 27.  

That was minutes before the two panels exchanged drafts of the Comprehensive Compact they had drawn based on a seven-item basic outline they agreed in their special meeting on December 8 and 9, 2009.

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