We are against the holding of Balikatan exercises in Carmen and other conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.The Mindanao Peoples Caucus is concerned over reports that the RP-US Balikatan training exercises will be held in Carmen, Cotabato within the next few months. Our questions are: Why in Carmen? How will this affect the peace negotiation and ceasefire agreement with the MILF fighters?
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The Bantay Ceasefire (BC) was invited by the Joint Coordinating Committee for the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) of the Philippine Government (GRP) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the installation of its ceasefire monitoring outposts and “ceasefire billboards” in the conflict areas in Pikit and Maguindanao. The Joint GRP-MILF CCCH in a June meeting in Davao City agreed to put up joint monitoring outposts in Buliok and other conflict-affected communities “with participation of the Bantay Ceasefire”.
The Fifth Asia-Pacific conference on East Timor (APCET 5) held in Dili, Timor Leste, resolves that the effective prosecution of the crimes against the people of the East Timor must be ensured through the creation of an appropriate tribunal of the United Nations. APCET 5 also enjoins the office of the Secretary General of the United Nations to take all necessary actions to ensure the expeditious establishment of this tribunal.
The Tribal Governance Conference is a series of consultations culminating in a conference that brought together leaders–Datus, Timuays and Baes–of the various tribes and sub-tribes in Mindanao to discuss the prospects, issues and concerns affecting their governance within their respective tribes, among the different tribes vis-à-vis the Philippine government and the mainstream society and majority culture it represents.
The series of bombings and killings in Sulu implicating the Marines is very alarming and has caused more anxieties among the innocent victims of these tragedies who ought to be afforded justice. The Mindanao PeaceWeavers, aside from strongly condemning these incidents in Sulu, calls on the Armed Forces of the Philippines to let the Police investigation takes its due course with the AFP’s paramount cooperation, rather than coddle the Marine-suspects.
The Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) is a Philippines-based advocacy institution promoting human security, democratization and people-to-people solidarity.
IID conducts policy advocacy and campaign programs on Burma, Mindanao, Southern Thailand, West Papua, and East Timor.