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Full Text of the 2017 Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law

AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE BASIC LAW FOR THE BANGSAMORO AND ABOLISHING THE AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO, REPEALING FOR THE PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9054, ENTITLED “AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN AND EXPAND THE ORGANIC ACT FOR THE AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO,” AND REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6734, ENTITLED “AN ACT PROVIDING FOR AN ORGANIC ACT FOR THE AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO,” AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

http://www.iag.org.ph/index.php/blog/1485-read-draft-bangsamoro-basic-law

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PNoy Speech on GPH-MILF Framework Agreement

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Kagalang-galang Benigno S. Aquino III
Pangulo ng Pilipinas
Ukol sa balangkas ng kasunduan sa Moro Islamic Liberation Front

[Inihayag noong ika-7 ng Oktubre 2012]

Dalawang henerasyon na po ang lumilipas mula noong magsimula ang hidwaan sa Mindanao. Isang siklo ng karahasang umangkin sa buhay ng mahigit isandaang libong Pilipino—hindi lamang ng mga kawal at mandirigma, kundi pati mga inosenteng sibilyang dumanak ang dugo dahil sa alitang puwede namang naiwasan.

Marami na pong solusyong sinubok upang matapos ang hidwaang ito; nakailang peace agreement na po tayo, ngunit hindi pa rin tayo umuusad tungo sa katuparan ng ating mga pangarap para sa rehiyon. Nabigyan ng poder ang ilan, ngunit imbes na iangat ang kaledad ng buhay sa rehiyon, nagbunga ito ng istrukturang lalo silang iginapos sa kahirapan. Nagkaroon ng mga command votes na ginamit upang pagtibayin ang pyudal na kalakaran; naglipana ang mga ghost roads, ghost bridges, ghost schools, ghost teachers, at ghost students, habang tumaba naman ang bulsa ng iilan. Nag-usbungan ang mga warlord na humawak sa timbangan ng buhay at kamatayan para sa maraming mamamayan. Umiral ang isang kultura kung saan walang nananagutan, at walang katarungan; nawalan ng pagtitiwala ang mamamayan sa sistema, at nagnais na kumalas sa ating bansa.

The ARMM is a failed experiment. Many of the people continue to feel alienated by the system, and those who feel that there is no way out will continue to articulate their grievances through the barrel of a gun. We cannot change this without structural reform. Read the rest of this entry

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Children and Armed Conflict: Protecting the Most Vulnerable (ICG Speech)

Speech by Donald Steinberg, Deputy President of the International Crisis Group, to the UNICEF Program on Rehabilitation and Reintegration of War-Affected Children, Brussels, 22 October 2009

 

How can we ensure that programs that stress the needs of child soldiers do not create the impression among the broader population that we are prioritizing their requirements above those of the masses of other children who have suffered equally? (read more)

 

http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=6363&l=1

 

 

 

Link: BAKWIT.ORG

We’re pleased to announce that a new website had been set up called www.bakwit.org (Reporting Internal Displacements in Mindanao).

The site is a  pro-bono initiative of Manila journalists to help bring attention on the plight of Mindanao IDPs in cooperation with Mindanao Comstrat, Mindanews, PECOJON, CCJD, NUJP, IWPR, I-WATCH. It is intended to be an information hub on all related data, situational analysis and reports on the IDPs.

Right now, the site contains only a slideshow of photos but the web administrator will be uploading more content in the days to come in the form of published articles, commentaries, analysis, statements, reports from CSOs, photos, etc. Contributions are welcome. Just email bakwit@bakwit. org.

This is still an offshoot of the the “State of the Bakwits” Joint Coverage of Mindanao and Manila journalists on the plight of IDPs held from June 29 to July 1.

There are plans particularly to sustain efforts of ensuring continued reportage on internal displacements. The organizers are in the process of doing the groundwork for this in consultation with CSOs.

A synthesized report/briefer that includes mapping of all issues and stakeholder views, positions and recommendations will also be out soon.  During the 3-day activity, we met with CSOs in collaboration with the CBCS; the IDPs in the commnities; the PA’s 6th ID; OCD; CHR; DOH; Engr. Unas; Atty. Sampulna; the MILF; and the
GRP panel chair Ambassador Seguis; and others.