From the Manila Times (May 31): Rebels Torch Quarry Equipment in Surigao
SUSPECTED rebels torched late Tuesday night heavy equipment used in hauling sand and gravel in a suburban village in Surigao City, belated police reports said Thursday.
Reports at Philippine National Police national operations center in Camp Crame said the burning occurred at about 11:13 p.m. at the boundary of Barangay Ipil and Danao in that city.
The equipment, a pay loader, is owned by a certain Gloria Pascual Jovita, a businesswoman engaged in gravel and sand trade in Purok-7, Navalca, Barangay San Juan, Surigao City.
Reports said that a certain Ricardo Gonzales, alias “Kumander Gonzales,” is demanding P50,000 from Jovita as “protection” fee for her sand and gravel business.
The said man also threatened Jovita that something might happen if she fails to give in to the demand, but Jovita refused, reports said. Reports said estimated cost of damage on the said equipment was about P300,000.
The activity was sponsored by the Institute of Bangsamoro Studies (IBS), Cotabato City through its Executive Director, Prof. Abhoud Syed Lingga, also a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Panel engaging talks with the Government of the Philippines (GPH) on the Bangsamoro question.
Abhoud who tendered the occasion and Ayesha are both celebrated Bangsamoro scholars on their fields. The former is a well-known figure in the Bangsamoro homeland especially in Central Mindanao owing to his involvement in the peace process and his background as a University Professor. The latter is still on the ladder but already in the far echelon bracket symbolizing that Bangsamoro women, like many other women leaders of the world, can be exceptional in their intellectualism. She graduated from famous universities in Metro Manila, Philippines, among them, is the University of the Philippines. She is now a key official of a famous Malaysian University.
She lectured on the title: BUILDING PEACE IN CONFLICT AFFECTED COMMUNITIES THROUGH THE SUSTAINABLE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (SHD) FRAMEWORK: A CASE STUDY OF MINDANAO.
She said, human development must be the solution in the Mindanao conflict that must synergize with the sustainable peace framework. Meaning, human development must go hand in hand with the search for the right to self-determination.
Accordingly, the same subject matter she had in her Dissertation. She designated two barangays on which she piloted her work, namely: Barangays Datu Campong (originally known as Labungan, Upi) and Dalgan, all in the Province of Maguindanao. This was aside from the fact that she had gone as far as Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and in Central Mindanao interviewing proper persons.
On the peace process, accordingly, the Bangsamoro model is unique as compared with the experiences elsewhere in the globe. Here, there is already little development introduced while the peace negotiation is still going on. But the case of Ache is more fortunate on their peace engagement due to the tsunami that triggered attention from all over the world. They were burgeoned with political, material and other concerns from the international community.
One participant, who was named, described the forum as fascinating. The forum was fascinating.