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Top religious leaders gather in Long Beach, declare commitment to work together for peace

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Over 100 religious leaders from across North America and hundreds of university students gathered at the Grand Event Center in Long Beach for the 2014 Religious Leaders Peace Conference, hosted by the international non-profit organization Heavenly Culture,...
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Comelec starts preparations for Bangsamoro plebiscite

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has started preparations for the holding of a referendum for the creation of Bangsamoro political entity in Mindanao. A Sub-Committee on the Bangsamoro Plebiscite—chaired by Commissioner Al Parreño and co-chaired by...
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VP Binay hopes CAB will bring progress in Mindanao

MANILA, Mar 27 (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday said he is hopeful the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) will bring progress in Mindanao. “I am hopeful that with this act of unity and goodwill, we will finally usher in a new era of...
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PHL, MILF rebels seal historic peace deal

By Karl Malakunas MANILA, March 27, 2014 (AFP) – The biggest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines signed an historic pact Thursday to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest conflicts, promising to give up their arms for an autonomous homeland. Following four decades of fighting...
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Two Filipino TV journalists wounded in bomb blast

SAUDI AMPATUAN (AFP) – Two journalists at a major Philippine TV broadcaster were injured on Saturday after a bomb exploded as they were covering fighting between soldiers and hardline Muslim rebels, a military commander said. A reporter and cameraman at ABC-5 were among at least...
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Govt to MNLF: UN petition for Mindanao independence won’t prosper

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Moro National Liberal Front (MNLF)’s plan to revive its petition seeking the independence of Mindanao will not prosper since the United Nations (UN) recognizes the government’s efforts in the peace process, Presidential peace process...
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Construction of an int’l airport in the center of Mindanao pushed

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Two lawmakers proposed the establishment of an international airport in the center of Mindanao comprising the SOCCSKSARGEN region and Bukidnon to provide great opportunities for industries in which direct access to either air cargo or passenger flights is of...
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MNLF ready to ‘decolonize’ Mindanao

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) considers the breakthrough in the peace talks between the Moro Islamic Liberation (MILF) and the Philippine government as a signal for it to finally pursue full independence for Mindanao. MNLF spokesperson Absalom...
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45 dead, 8 missing in Mindanao due to LPA – NDRRMC

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday reported the number of deaths at 45 and 900,000 people affected in Mindanao by tropical depression “Agaton” which has now weakened into low pressure area (LPA). “Agaton”’s...
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Death toll from storm climbs to 40

MANILA  (AFP) – The death toll from the first storm to batter the disaster-prone Philippines this year has climbed to 40, officials said Sunday, as forecasters warned more heavy rain was on its way. “Lingling” – a tropical depression – has wreaked havoc across the southern island...