Young Filipinos opposed to the US war on Iraq

Ano Ang Mali sa Larawang Ito?

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Imperial democracy and self-rule

By Renato Redentor Constantino
September 27, 2003

Wonder no more why the Bush administration refuses to give a timetable to Iraqi self-government. Days after his $87-billion speech where he called on the Iraqi people to “rise to the responsibilities of a free people,” US President Bush continues to insist that elections and self-rule will not be on his Iraq agenda for some time.
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Genuine Peace or Pacification? Status of and Current Trends in the Peace Talks

By Rey Claro Casambre
Philippine Peace Center


A year has passed since we first gathered to commemorate the 10th anniversary of The Hague Joint Declaration and renew our commitment to advance the struggle for genuine peace.

We called ourselves Pilgrims for Peace as we pledged to embark on a journey that would take us, with our people, to a new land where freedom, democracy and social justice reign.

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Peace Education in the Era of “Anti-Terrorism” and Conflict


Peace education is becoming increasingly prominent as the urgent concern and response of schools to the raging issue of war and social conflict. Peace education seeks to impart pro-peace values and address the issues that create understanding, tolerance, justice and peace. The long-term objective is to develop a culture for peace in our conflict-torn planet. Schools and teachers who take a critical and wholistic approach to the current US-led “war on terrorism” and the continuing insurgency and rebellion in the Philippines consider peace education important as the general objective of their curriculum as well as a specific area of teaching.
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Chronology of GRP-NDFP Peace Negotiations Under the Macapagal-Arroyo Administrat

(January 2001 – June 2003)

January 2001 – During the campaign to oust President Estrada, then Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared that if and when she assumes the presidency, she would “reverse the all-out-war policy of the Estrada government and resume peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)”. Shortly after being sworn into office, President Macapagal-Arroyo reconstituted the GRP negotiating panels for talks with both the NDFP and MILF.

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The Current Global Crisis and Prospects for Peace

(Input for the National Peace Conference)
By Rep. Satur Ocampo
Bayan Muna Party-List
September 12, 2003

On behalf of Bayan Muna, the political party of the oppressed and marginalized sectors, I would like to extend my warmest regards to the progressive and patriotic advocates of peace gathered here today at the National Peace Conference. Mabuhay kayo!
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Injustice: the Root of Conflict in Mindanao

By Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI
First published in MindaNews

(Note from MindaNews. This paper was delivered by Cotabato Archbishop
Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I., also president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines during the 27th General Assembly of the Bishops’ Businessmen’s Conference in Taguig, Metro Manila, on July 8).

The Roots of Insurgency – the Government’s View

The government’s “National Strategy to Overcome Insurgency” is “restricted information”. Since government officials
presented some of the contents in at least two public conferences, I suppose I am free to speak about it.
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No to U.S. Wars!

Ederic Eder
Dennis Espada
Evelyn Katigbak
Garry Lazaro
Raymond Palatino
Alexander Martin Remollino
PJ C. Villarta


The war on Iraq was waged by the United States (U.S.) supposedly to disarm the country of its alleged weapons of mass destruction and liberate the Iraqi people from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein.

U.S. President George W. Bush himself has made admissions to the effect that there may be no need to disarm Iraq at all. There seems to be no sign of Saddam anywhere in Iraq, and his officials have one by one been falling or turning themselves in. These seem to suggest that the U.S. has won the war.
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Anti-American or Anti-Empire?

By Renato Redentor Constantino
First printed in TODAY, August 21, 2003
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The title’s a good question.

Because we have forgotten how to remember, we fail to recognize the deceits of our leaders.

“We come not as conquerors, but as liberators,” Bush declared as US forces entered Baghdad.
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MILF peace talks to start finally next week

By Blanche S. Rivera
Inquirer News Service
August 21, 2003

The long overdue peace talks between the government and the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will resume next week, an adviser to the government panel said.
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A Peace Advocate’s Reflections on the Magdalo Mutiny

By Soliman M. Santos, Jr., Kaiba News and Features

It may be too early to judge whether the Magdalo mutiny, the way
it played out last July 27 around Oakwood hotel in Makati City, was
something positive or negative, in the balance, for the country. As
the clich goes, history will judge. At the height of the mutiny and
its immediate aftermath, many described and continue to describe it
as a “wake-up call.” It was like the famous question of former Vice
President Emmanuel Pelaez immediately after he was ambushed in 1982
and who passed away also last July 27: “General, what is happening
to our country?” Both, in different ways, were eloquent statements
of the state of the nation.

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Defense Secretary on the Defensive

First, he was accused by the July 27 mutineers of being the mastermind in the series of bombings in Davao, southern Philippines early this year. Now Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes has been asked to be placed under investigation for the bombings and that he should immediately resign. A signature campaign to support this call has been launched.

By Alexander Martin Remollino

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Navy Whistleblowers Lost Cause

One whistleblower who took the lid off reports of corruption in the Philippine Navy died. The commander of the Philippine Navy himself, who had exposed corruption in the Philippine Marines, was sacked. Who says that mechanisms are in place to act on allegations of corruption in the military?

By Alexander Martin Remollino

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MILF Peace Process Remains On Track –Ople

From DFA websiote

Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople today said that the death of MILF founder and leader Hashim Salamat and the change in leadership in the MILF will not derail current efforts to achieve peace in the Southern Philippines.

“The Philippines remains committed to the peace process with the MILF. The change in leadership in the MILF will not affect our desire to achieve peace,” the Secretary said.
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Salamat Dies of Natural Death, Murad Assumes MILF Top Post


Sheikh Salamat Hashim, leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), died of natural death due to cardiac arrest on Sunday, July 13 at 11:00 oclock in the morning in the Bangsamoro homeland.
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