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So what really happened in Oct 2011 in Basilan?

The International Monitoring Team (IMT) submitted its report on the investigation done on the Basilan “incident” last Oct 18 where 19 Philippine Army’s Special Forces soldiers were killed. The incident caused an uproar in the country and there were calls for all-out war against the MILF by many Filipino sectors. But President Aquino refused to [...]

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Torogan, the Mranao royal house

Here is my old newspaper article on the Torogan, the Mranao royal house. I had posted this before in my websites and in my blog that got removed due to an alleged third-party malware. Sadly, the answer to my question at the end of the article is that it is the former, not the latter. [...]

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AFP-MILF Basilan Fight version 2.011

In October 18, some 40 Philippine soldiers, mere fresh graduates, were taken out of their scuba dive training and sent into the lions’ den – a remote and rugged village occupied by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). This is the same town where Philippine Marines “entered” in 2007 which cost them 14 lives with [...]

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The Bangsa Moro Struggle -Terms and Meanings

excerpts from IS A BANGSA MORO STATE  WITHIN A FEDERATION THE SOLUTION?    BY PROFESSOR MACAPANTON Y. ABBAS, JR   (published in the Ateneo Law Journal  Vol. 48  Sept 2003) (Macapanton Rashid Yahya Abbas, Jr, was Full Professor at the King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in the mid to late 1970s)       TERMS [...]

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Mindanao and Moluccas – Lands of Kings

©By  Datu Jamal Ashley Abbas March 11, 2000 Moluccas, otherwise known as the Spice Islands, is a great vacation spot for tourists and adventurers. One can go cruising or island hopping, climb the various mountains, sunbathe along the beaches, or visit historical landmarks like the sultan’s palace. But nowadays, only adventurous journalists would want to [...]

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Supreme Court issues TRO on Aquino’s move in Muslim Mindanao

FROM  ALLVOICES.COM: Philippine Supreme Court stops President from appointing Muslim Mindanao officials The Philippine Supreme Court (SC) issued today, 13 Sept., a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on the implementation of Republic Act 10153 or “The Synchronization of the Elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with the National and Local Elections”. The SC [...]

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Macapanton Abbas, Jr. and the Bangsa Moro Revolution

Macapanton Abbas, Jr. and the Bangsa Moro Revolution

March 31 is the birth anniversary of Macapanton Rashid  Yahya Abbas, Jr., my eldest brother. Among our siblings, I was probably the one closest to him during the years 1977-91. We were together in Saudi Arabia from 1977 to 1983 and again in 1985. We were also briefly together in Paris, France. I also helped [...]

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Remembering Bud Dajo Massacre

Last March 7 was the 105th anniversary of the Battle of Bud Dajo, the massacre of some 600 Moro men, women and children by the officers and men of the United States Armed Forces, with some (Christian) Filipino soldiers. In 1999, I wrote a newspaper article on this episode of Moro history to commemorate the [...]

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End of the World according to the Hadith

from SAHIH MUSLIM: It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Ask me (about matters pertaining to religion)… . In the meanwhile a man came there, and sat near his knees and said: Messenger of Allah, … when would there be the hour [...]

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Postmortem Reading of the Manila Hostage-Taking

The mostly Chinese hostages in the recent hostage-taking in Manila were doomed from the start. Just like the hostage-taker. WRONG PLACE The biggest blunder of hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza was that he hijacked a bus and held hostage some two dozen people right in the City of Manila. Mendoza was recently dismissed as a police officer [...]

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