COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/22 April) — The Mindanao Peoples Caucus, a broad tri-people network of organizations and individuals advocating peace and dialogue among peoples of Mindanao, is convening its 2nd General Assembly amid expectations from the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that the group can contribute much to the peace process.
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Prof. Randy David, columnist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and a University of the Philippines sociology professor, will be main speaker in a public forum on 19 April (Wednesday) titled, “The National Crisis: What Is It For Us In Mindanao?”
A shooting war between government militia and elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Sitio Mainline, Liliongan, Carmen town in North Cotabato was averted by a peace mission composed of government, rebel and civil society representatives.
DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao — The International Monitoring Team (IMT) representing eight Muslim countries monitoring the peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) believes that greater challenges on peace building in Mindanao lies after the signing of the peace accord that both parties are eying to forge this year.
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.