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Basilan bishop welcomes deal with MILF, wants respect for Christians
Mgr Martin Jumoad, bishop of Isabela (Basilan), backs the new Bangsamoro autonomous region for the local Muslim majority. Along with the diocese of Cotabato, Isabela has one of the largest concentrations of Christians on the island. At the same time, he calls for vigilance, asking Muslims to respect religious minorities.
Mindanao: 500,000 people without food because of the war
The Filipino government is set to investigate into the situation of half a million displaced people who could starve to death as a result of fighting between army and MILF. Humanitarian organisations warn that with the end of Ramadan the situation might get worse.
Showdown between government and MILF before peace deal
According to Father Sandalo, PIME superior in the Philippines, recent violence between the army and rebels forces is an attempt to establish a stronger position before the final agreement is signed. Bishops and rebel leaders call for “peace and development” in Mindanao. However, only today 16 civilians lost their lives.
Mindanao: Catholic army officer takes the lead in inter-faith dialogue By Santosh Digal
For years Lt Col Johnny Macanas was involved in the fight between Christians and Muslims. Affected by the militarisation of the conflict, he decided to take the lead in the struggle for “peace and mutual understanding. Cardinal Rosales appeals for prayers to “end the war.”
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Abu Sayyaf’s escalating violence due to political strife in Mindanao
Terrorists release a video in which they threaten to kill three more hostages. Source tells AsiaNews that Jihadi group’s greater activity has been facilitated by the election campaign for the governorship in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Militants are a “tool of political propaganda”. The region has one of the most corrupt governments in the country, and “has dealings with Jihadis”.
Mindanao: spreading a culture of peace through radio
The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate inaugurate their new media centre. Through news, music and entertainment, they plan to spread a culture of peace among the people in one of the most violence-stricken regions of the Philippines.
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