Category Archives: BANGSAMORO

ANTI-TERRORISM COUNCIL DECLARES CPP, NPA AS TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS

The government’s Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) has designated the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing the Mew People’s Army (NPA) as terrorists.

In a December 9 resolution, the ATC said it found probable cause that the groups have committed or conspired to commit terrorist acts under Republic Act No. 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

ISIS, Maute and other Mindanao terrorist groups included in terror list

The Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) has designated the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and the Islamic State East Asia, Maute Group, Daulah Islamiyah, and other associated groups as “terrorist organizations, associations, and/or groups of persons”.

The two separate resolutions, which were approved on December 9, were signed by ATC chair, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and the body’s vice chair, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. READ MORE

GENSAN ANTI-COMMUNISTS hold “show of force” rally against CPP/NPA/NDF

INDIGNATION RALLY. Peace advocates, including former members of the New People’s Army (NPA), burn the flags of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), NPA, and National Democratic Front of the Philippines in an indignation rally held in front of the Plaza General Santos in General Santos City on Saturday (Dec. 26, 2020). The protest action coincided with the CPP’s 52nd founding anniversary. (PNA GenSan photo by Richelyn Gubalani

GenSan peace advocates stage indignation rally vs. CPP-NPA-NDF

 December 26, 2020

GENERAL SANTOS CITY –Peace advocates in this city and neighboring areas rallied residents to reject the “terrorist agenda” of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its allied organizations during an indignation rally here Saturday.About 200 members of multisectoral… Read More

Warring North Cotabato Muslim clans smoke peace pipe

COTABATO CITY – Warring families in the borders of North Cotabato and Lanao del Sur were brought together on Friday to end their long-drawn “rido” (family feud).

SETTLED. Members of Moro warring clans are emotional during a peaceful settlement of a long-standing family feud involving three big clans in Banisilan, North Cotabato and Wao, Lanao del Sur on Friday (Dec. 25, 2020). The clans had been at odds for three decades. (Photo courtesy of NoCot PIO)

Tears fell and excitement ran high after North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco, with the help of Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr., the Army’s 34th Infantry Battalion (34IB), and other local officials, successfully gathered the families who were locked in a decades-old clan war into the negotiating table in Banisilan, North Cotabato.

“I am very glad to be part of the settlement that reunited the families of Rajamuda, Mantitayan, Tidong,” Catamco said, referring to the families who live in Banisilan and the adjacent town of Wao in Lanao del Sur.

DUTERTE/IATF AGENDA: Mutant Covid-19 and travel ban vs. travelers from the UK, other countries

PRRD, Go cut short Xmas break over new Covid-19 strain

 December 26, 2020

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte is cutting short his Christmas break in Davao City to meet with concerned government officials to discuss measures to address the new Covid-19 strain.Go said Duterte will be flying back to… Read More

POPE FRANCIS: Fraternity key in fight vs. Covid-19 pandemic

Pope Francis said in his Christmas message Friday that fraternity was a watchword for these unusually troubled times exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

“At this moment in history, marked by the ecological crisis and grave economic and social imbalances only worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, it is all the more important for us to acknowledge one another as brothers and sisters,” he said in his “Urbi et Orbi” message.

He added that this call for solidarity was especially aimed at “people who are the most fragile, the sick and all who at this period find themselves without work or in grave difficulty because of the economic consequences of the pandemic and to women who have been subjected to domestic violence during these months of confinement.”

The pontiff also touched on the plight of children caught up by war, singling out victims in Syria, Yemen and Iraq in his Christmas message.

“On this day, when the word of God became a child, let us turn our gaze to the many, all too many, children worldwide, especially in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, who still pay the high price of war,” he said.

“May their faces touch the consciences of all men and women of good will, so that the causes of conflicts can be addressed and courageous efforts can be made to build a future of peace,” he continued.

Pope Francis would make a historic visit to Iraq in March, the Vatican said Monday, the first ever by a pontiff and which will include a trip to the city of Mosul, a former jihadist stronghold.about:blank

The pope has long spoken of his desire to visit the Middle Eastern country, where two decades of conflict has taken a heavy toll on Christian communities.

The Argentinian-born pope called for peace and reconciliation in Libya and Iraq, “particularly to the Yazidis, sorely tried by these last years of war.”