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Opinion: M. A. P. Insights -- Jaime S. de los Santos: "Exploring interfaith dialogue for lasting peace"

Last Sept. 2, 2016, a bombing at a night market in Davao City caused 15 deaths and 70 injuries. In Thailand, tourist attacks were the targets in August 2016. In January 2016, Jakarta was the scene of an ISIS attack that claimed 7 people and injured 23 mor.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 7th, 2016

PEACETALK: Encouraging both parties to hurdle the snags in the current round of talks

(Statement of Bishop Felixberto Calang of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, main convenor of Sowing the Seeds of Peace in Mindanao and observer in the GRP-NDFP Peace Talks) ROME, Italy (MindaNews/ 20 January) &'8212; We welcome the high level of optimism that marked the opening of the talks in Rome yesterday. As observers in the peace [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

MARGINALIA: Islamic, un-Islamic, or Islamist?

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews /19 January) – At the sideline of a peace-building symposium-workshop at the height of the national electoral campaign period last year, the casual conversation between two long-time friends, a Muslim NGO worker and a Mindanao-based non-Muslim journalist, turned into a heated argument over an ‘accurate’ descriptive word for such groups as the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

As peace talks resume, release of political prisoners sought

As peace talks resume, release of political prisoners sought.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Soldier-peacebuilder is new Westmincom chief

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) &'8212; A bemedalled soldier who is active in  peace-building activities in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao is the new commander of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom). Major Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr., commander of the 6th Infantry Division, took over the post of Maj. Gen. Mayoralgo Dela Cruz during installation rites [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Malaysian deputy defense chief visits Central Mindanao to boost peace process - InterAksyon

Malaysian deputy defense chief visits Central Mindanao to boost peace process - InterAksyon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Malaysian deputy defense chief visits Central Mindanao to boost peace process

Malaysian deputy defense chief visits Central Mindanao to boost peace process.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Neri-Chaves Clan: A Tale of Southern Nobility

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, the crown jewel of Mindanao, is the country’s newest boom town, experiencing an accelerated level of modernization and real estate investments. Infrastructures such as hotels, malls and condominium towers are vigorously constructed one after the other to accommodate the influx of new residents and visitors to the city. Proof that, Cagayan de Oro as it is fondly called, had long since shed its small-town roots, to become the mega melting pot of pioneering entrepreneurs and upwardly mobile young professionals that it is today. Apart from the perks and comforts of living in a highly urbanized city, people who call Cagayan de Oro home also bask in its rich and colorful history that dates back to pre-colonial times. One clan in particular has been a prominent figure in the city’s enduring saga and cultural evolution. The Neri-Chaves family are descendants of a strong-willed Rajah whose resoluteness drove him to seek out dominions beyond his stronghold’s fertile terrains in Lanao province. The Malay prince, whose name was Samporna, or Sanskrit for ‘perfect’, decided to invade Cagayan or Kalambagohan as it was then known. Excerpts from the writings of the Neri-Chaves family historian, Filomeno M. Bautista, recounted how a potential bloody struggle was averted, when the then chief of Kalambagohan, Datu Bagani, sent his beautiful daughter guarded by his bravest warriors to meet Rajah Samporna. She was to initiate the conditional surrender, so that their people would not be enslaved by the invaders. It was told that the Rajah, captivated by Datu Bagani’s daughter, ended up marrying her. The prince also built a fortress around their village in Kalambagohan to protect them from other conquistadores. Rajah Samporna later succeeded the Datu as ruler of Cagayan. He also converted from Islam to Christianity to solidify his devotion to his wife’s religion, and in 1779 was baptized by a Spanish priest with a peculiarly Italian name, Neri. It ushered an era of peace in Mindanao, when Muslims lived harmoniously with Christians. The Neris intermarrying with the Chaveses of Cagayan was perhaps providential as it produced one of the most enduring clans in the country. Today, the Neri-Chaves clan is many thousand strong. Well-known lawyer and congressman Rufus Bautista Rodriguez attributes the successes enjoyed by many family members throughout many generations to the tireless pursuit of life’s true purpose. “We are hardworking people. We are also fortunate to have had many individuals in the family who continue to inspire us, like Vice President Emmanuel Neri Pelaez and Ambassador Felino Neri”, Rodriguez said, adding in jest, “At mga gwapo, gwapa pa!” Most if not all of Cagayan de Oro’s earliest leaders, from Governors to Mayors, were members of the Neri-Chaves family. Some became pioneers in other fields like business, education and the arts, from Chief Justice Marcelo Fernan to musicologist and concert pianist Vilma May Chaves Cataylo. The clan has had three grand reunions, first in 1985, then in 1993, and the most recent one took place in August 2016 where hundreds of family members came together from all over the world to rekindle family ties. Jessica Dingcong, who spearheaded the recent reunion held at the Chaves family-owned Chali Beach and Mallberry Suites in Cagayan de Oro City, wants to inspire the next generation to carry on the legacy of benevolence and integrity of their forebears. “We should be proud that we are very family oriented,’ Dingcong said. In attendance at the grand reunion were the Neri-Cheves clan’s many young professionals and millennials. Sixth generation Neri-Chaves and journalist Alessandra Marie Chaves Jalandoni, who carries her nickname Apples professionally, admits feeling the pressure of belonging to a family of achievers. “We have some pretty big shoes to fill, so we soldier on, and never give up,,” Jalandoni said, adding that, “We have always been taught to do the right thing, and not just what looks good on paper.” Jalandoni’s maternal grandfather Engineer Camilo Vamenta Chaves was a World War II veteran and subsequently Dean at the family-owned Liceo de Cagayan University. Her mother Alma Marie Chaves Jalandoni is a pioneer in garments manufacturing and export in the Philippines. Current Social Security Services Commissioner Pompee La Viña will head the next Neri-Chaves grand reunion in 2018. La Viña is the son of Lourdes Chaves Maestrado La Viña who was the first woman elected to the City Council in Cagayan de Oro. His younger brother is former Ateneo School of Government dean and climate change lead negotiator Tony La Viña. Commissioner La Viña hopes to welcome many more family members to their tight-knit Mindanaon clan. “It roots us in Mindanao, the blood of Mindanao is running through us,” he said. La Viña also ponders on how leadership is ingrained in the members of the clan. After all they are descendants of a warrior prince. But the word is also taking on a new meaning as the Neris and Chaveses usher Mindanao to its most vibrant era. “We will always be leaders, we are simply inclined to lead,” La Viña maintained, “but to lead as serving the people rather than ruling them.” (By J. C. Bautista) &'160; 121&'160;total views, 121&'160;views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

YearEnder: Peace negotiators find end to conflicts not that easy

MANILA, Philippines – There is no clear indication that the decades-old armed conflict in Mindanao will end despite the sincerity of President Duterte to rea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 7th, 2017

Thousands show up in Bohol drug symposium, Jesus Miracle Crusade takes center stage

BOHOL – Thousands of mostly students and teachers and citizens have attended and participated one of the biggest drug symposia conducted by the influential Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry or JMCIM in central Philippines. Dozens of members of the JMCIM led by prayer warrior Danny Cuarteros and wife Sister Jeany travelled all the way from Tuguegarao City in Cagayan province in northern Philippines in bad weather just to be able to hold the symposium in Bohol province for the benefit of the students. The symposium – held at the Mayor Pablo O. Lim Memorial Astrodome &'' was in coordination and partnership with the Department of Education and other stakeholders in Bohol. Valencia town Vice Mayor Jorge Buslon also attended the drug symposium and gave an inspiring message to the huge crowd – students and teachers from Grades 7 to 11 of the Valencia Technical High School headed by Principal Jonas Gabutan. Brother Cuarteros’ daughter, Sister Angel, was one of the lecturers in the symposium and she talked about drug awareness and prevention. The Jesus Miracle Crusade Choir also held a peace concert.  The symposium, dubbed “Holding Nothing Back,” was a big success, according to Brother Cuarteros, following the warm reception and hospitality of the host school and local government officials and the public, especially at a time that the Duterte government launched the second phase of its war against illegal drugs dubbed as “Oplan Taphang” which literally means “Operational Plan Tapok-Hangyo”  Oplan Taphang aims to gather support from the public to help the police in its anti-drugs and anti-criminality campaign in the country. The group of Brother Cuarteros has conducted tens of dozens of crusades and drug symposium across northern Philippines in recent months, and played a key role in other religious activities in the country and abroad. The Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and national government officials, including lawmakers and armed partisan groups, have publicly praised JMCIM for its religious and active advocacy in various issues.    “Hallelujah, praise the lord, through the leading prayers of our beloved and honorable Evangelist Pastor Wilde E. Almeda, the end time prophet of God, we are victorious in Jesus name,” Brother Cuarteros said, referring to the JMCIM founder. (Cebu Examiner) 164&'160;total views, 164&'160;views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2017

26 Disyembre SMR

Sa wakas, nakarating din siya sa tinatawag ng Kaliwa na “Southern Mindanao Region,” taliwas sa pagrerehiyon ng naghaharing gobyerno ngayon sa bansa. Maalamat ang lugar, syempre pa, dahil malakas dito ang New People’s Army o NPA. Ang okasyon: ang “People’s War is People’s Peace,” konsultasyon ng National Democratic Front of the Philippines-SMR kaugnay ng usapang [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  pinoyweeklyRelated NewsDec 31st, 2016

Caraga youth, OK sa peace talks

Sa layuning mapagtibay ang potensyal ng mga miyembro ng Caraga Mindanao Cultural Development Inc., isang indigenous people (IP) youth organization na kinabibilangan ng mga IP youth leaders at communicators, student leaders at muslim young professionals sa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsDec 25th, 2016

Mindanao peace summit kicks off after 54-km peace march

Mindanao peace summit kicks off after 54-km peace march.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 15th, 2016

Duterte hopes for peaceful Christmas in Mindanao

ANGELES CITY, Philippines – President Duterte has expressed hope for a peaceful Christmas in the country, especially in Mindanao as he lamented that peace re.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 12th, 2016

STATEMENT: Human Rights violations in Mindanao continue to rise amidst peace talks - Minda News

STATEMENT: Human Rights violations in Mindanao continue to rise amidst peace talks - Minda News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsDec 9th, 2016

STATEMENT: Human Rights violations in Mindanao continue to rise amidst peace talks

The worsening human rights violations in Mindanao have been disregarded by the Duterte government despite the unilateral ceasefire of the GRP and his declaration of support to the peace talks. The relentless military operations of government troops in the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 9th, 2016

Political prisoners held 'hostage' by peace talks - Mindanao Examiner

Political prisoners held 'hostage' by peace talks - Mindanao Examiner.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsDec 9th, 2016

No peace in Mindanao unless federalism is realized, Duterte says

No peace in Mindanao unless federalism is realized, Duterte says.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 7th, 2016

TARPS FOR PEACE | Jesuit priest leads Mindanao peace and history education project

TARPS FOR PEACE | Jesuit priest leads Mindanao peace and history education project.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 7th, 2016

Banana industry continues to reel from rebel attacks

MANILA, Philippines - Despite ongoing peace talks between the government and rebel groups, the billion-dollar banana industry continues to be hampered by att.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 5th, 2016