Category Archives: War

TURNING POINT: The War that Should Not Have Been

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 18 June) — The current public disclosure that Malacanang was aware of a Maute plan to attack Marawi City days before President Duterte and his key security executives’ trip to Russia raises disturbing questions: Why did the Presidential entourage still leave the country despite the damning intelligence information? With such […]

Bakwits since 2000, 2003: “We will ask the President to help us return to our homes”

BARANGAY LAYOG, Pagalungan, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 19 Feb) — At the height of the wars between government forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in 2000 and 2003, hundreds of thousands of civilians were displaced and languished in evacuation centers. For months, they endured cramped evacuation centers where they built temporary shelters made of […]

Japanese Bunker in GenSan

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Have you heard stories about the Japanese colonization in the Philippines? Or heard different stories about World War II? Well, I’m sure all of you did, especially all Pinoys. My Lolo was a settler in Marbel (now Koronadal City) and my dad told me stories about my lolo’s life and adventure during the Japanese colonization.

But as history tells, the Philippines has been  colonized by Japanese for a short time but it was the bloodiest and  the most difficult one. During the World War 2, General Santos City or GenSan become one of the last borderland of the American and the Japanese soldiers. Before the World War 2 began, the Japanese forces constructed  round cemented tunnels and hideouts in different areas in the city and other neighboring places. And we’ve seen and visited one.

Ali have been telling me about a tunnel or hideout located at an empty lot at the back of the village, so I was so excited and giddy to check it out. We actually don’t know if it’s a tunnel or a hideout cause we never attempted to go inside; there might be snakes, bats, or bugs inside it. Anyway, Ali have heard stories about this igloo shaped hideout/tunnel. They say it’s a tunnel its outlet is in Malesido, some say it is just a hideout, some also said that it contained lots of gold, and some say people in authorities had been inside it and got all the golds/treasure that they can get. But we really don’t know which one is true…


There are more of these in Brgy. Conel GenSan that is now one of the most visited tourist spots here.

Why armed conflicts never end

This “offensive” as their means to “solve” the problem is like giving paracetamol to an end stage cancer patient.They are creating more problems than solution.Chaos than peace. More lives and properties lost than preservation of them in any way.And as …