Category Archives: Sulu

Patikul update:  Exhumation of slain 7 done; rights bodies await military response

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 October) — A forensics team from the Commission on Human Rights on Saturday exhumed the bodies of seven persons slain in Patikul, Sulu on September 14, in the presence of their families, to determine the cause and manner of death. The military had earlier said the seven were Abu Sayyaf […]

Military seeks more time to answer allegations re 7 slain in Patikul, Sulu

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 Oct) — Citing “ongoing military operations and other programmed command / unit activities,” three military officials in Sulu on Monday asked the Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao for an extension until October 15 to answer claims of the families and witnesses that the […]

Patikul update: RHRC asks 3 military officials in Sulu to answer claims 7 killed were not Abu Sayyaf members

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Sept) — The Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has asked three military officials in Sulu to answer allegations in the affidavits of families and witnesses that the seven persons slain in Patikul town on September 14 were civilians harvesting fruits and not Abu […]

Patikul update: awarding (wrong) medals amid probes on alleged massacre

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 September) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s awarding of medals to 14 of 17 soldiers wounded in Patikul, Sulu drew criticisms as it happened amid ongoing investigations  on the alleged massacre of seven persons the military claimed were Abu Sayyaf members killed in an encounter on September 14 but whose families said […]

Patikul update: families of 7 slain Tausugs OK exhumation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Sept) — The families of the seven Tausugs allegedly massacred in Patikul, Sulu on September 14 but the military claimed were Abu Sayyaf members killed in an encounter, have given their consent for an exhumation of the bodies to determine cause of death and how they were killed. Lawyer Jacqueline […]

3 teams deployed to Patikul, Sulu to probe alleged massacre

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews  /18 September) —  Three government agencies have deployed teams to Patikul, Sulu to investigate the September 14 alleged massacre of seven fruit pickers who the military claimed were Abu Sayyaf members killed in an encounter. In the House of Representatives, the Makabayan bloc and the chair of the House Committee on Peace, […]

Changing Narratives: Federalism for All

The Mindanao problem is ultimately a POWER problem – the power of one group over another. It is a problem of colonization. The fact that there was a law called the Legislative Act 4197 or Quirino-Recto Colonization of Mindanao Act, which was enacted on 12 February 1935 is very telling. The Commonwealth considered the Act… Read More Changing Narratives: Federalism for All

ARMM’s “Tipas”, Coco Sugar take on international food expo

PASAY CITY (Mindanao Development Authority) — The Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) showcased their locally-produced chips or tipas of Maguindanao and coco sugar of Sulu to the international market as they participated in this year’s International Food Exhibit (IFEX) at the World Trade Center, Pasay. The Mindanao Pavilion showcase all six regions’ specialty products and […]

CRUCIBLE: Whispers of the Guns (4)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 25 April) – Garand turned to M79 and pressed its question softly: “you have not answered my question about your master?” “Pila na ba lilling layuh-layuh Si Bunggau ba lilling pa Sibutuh.” (Oh! My Darling how far is the distance Of Bongao to Sibutu) Sang Rifle Grenade. “I need to know,” […]

CRUCIBLE: Whisper of the Guns

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 7 April) – Guns laid bare. No words. No conversation. Nothing. It was the first-time guns failed to hear the noise, the bragging, the laughing of their fellows. Instead, they were on display while banded together, tightly tied in their barrels while completely muzzled by their mouths. They were showcased according […]

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CRUCIBLE: PRRD: “Ka Libog Mo” (2)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 01 April) — From a certain angle, President Duterte’s sarcasm “ka libog mo” (you are full of libido!) could be viewed as an outburst. It was expressed during PRRD’s 9th visit to the Province of Sulu on March 26, 2018. The President was in Jolo, the Province’s capital, to officially accept […]

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CRUCIBLE: PRRD: “Ka Libog Mo”

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 29 March) — Where lies the kinks? Is PDu30 capable in addressing the problem in Sulu, the most maverick island in the South since colonial and post-colonial days? He seems to have the handle and the right psychology in dealing w/ the Tausug. Why do the Tausug and their leaders love […]

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Abu Sayyaf member surrenders in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 27 Feb) – A member of the Abu Sayyaf Group based in Omar, Sulu surrendered Tuesday morning before the 1st Marine Battalion and the Philippine Marine Ready Force Sulu (PMRFS). A concerned citizen of Omar coordinated with the PMRFS following the ASG member’s desire to surrender before the government and military […]

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Sulu selfie

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a selfie photo with Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, Hollywood actor Steven Seagal, and Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald dela Rosa during the President’s visit at Camp General Teodulfo Bautista in Barangay Bus-Bus, Jolo, Sulu on December 1, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Group says martial law ‘toothless’ as kidnappings, drugs, terrorism continue in Sulu

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Oct) – The civil society organization Save Sulu Movement said the declaration of martial law in Mindanao has been ineffective in putting a stop to terrorism more than four months after President Rodrigo R. Duterte placed the entire island under military rule. Speaking in “Wednesdays Habi at Kape” forum here, […]

MNLF helping government forces in running after Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/02 June) — Even before President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to the Moro fronts and the communist movement to help the government in the fight against terror groups, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Sulu has been helping the military fight the Abu Sayyaf. Yusop Jikiri, chair of the MNLF Central Committee, said their fighters have been running […]

Group backs martial but urges Duterte to disarm politicians and dismantle their private armies

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 May) — The Save Sulu Movement has thrown its support behind President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao, following the May 23 clashes between military and Maute Group in Marawi City, but urged him to disarm politicians allegedly protecting local terrorists and dismantle their private armies. “The Save […]