A Statement by the Young Moro Professionals Network Inc.

What happens when you fight fire with fire?

The Young Moro Professionals Network Inc., a group of young leaders who present positive contributions of Muslims in society, would like to register its strong rejection to an all-out-war policy in Mindanao. We appeal to the public for sobriety, let us always choose peace in Mindanao and elsewhere in the country.

We also appeal to our friends in the media to be more responsible. We loathe irresponsible and sensationalized media reports. Are media people already developing bias towards violence? Let us remind our friends in the media that there is such thing as ‘Peace Journalism’. May we propose that instead of overvaluing violence in television, radio, internet and newspapers, let us look at non-violent alternatives in delivering news items.

Certainly, war will never solve any problem in Mindanao. It only aggravates the situation adding economic and social outlay. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of October 28, a total of 5,699 families or 28,547 individuals in 33 barangays (23 in Alicia, Mabuhay, Olutanga, Payao and Talusan all in Zamboanga Sibugay and 10 in Albarka, Basilan) have been displaced.

Tago confirmed as Manila’s ambassador PDF Print E-mail


RIYADH: Ezzedin H. Tago, erstwhile charge d’affaires at the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and consul general in Jeddah, was confirmed Philippine ambassador to the Kingdom on Tuesday by the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) in Manila.

“It’s a great honor to be confirmed as the Philippine ambassador to Saudi Arabia, which is a premier post,” Tago told Arab News from Sana’a, Yemen, on Tuesday where he’s coordinating the evacuation of Filipinos in the wake of unrest in that country. He is also accredited to Yemen.

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Make a difference, young Moro professionals told PDF Print E-mail

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Members of the newly organized Young Moro Professionals Network – Western Mindanao (YMPN-WM) were told to “set an example and make a difference” during the group Grand Assembly held in a local hotel here over the weekend.

“As the privileged young professionals, you have the responsibility to set an example to others,” Atty. Edil Baddiri, commissioner of the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), told the group during the event held last Sunday, May 1, 2011 at Marcian Garden Hotel, this city.

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A Moro Filipino shines at West Point PDF Print E-mail

SAN FRANCISCO—A hundred years ago, Uzi Ibrahim’s forefathers were fighting for their lives, defending Mindanao against invading U.S. forces led by Gen. John J. Pershing.

On Saturday, Uzi, who was born in Mindanao, will march as a member of the Class of 2011 of West Point, the military academy where Pershing trained to be a soldier and where he is still highly regarded as a distinguished alum.

“I was both in disbelief and hopeful,” he told me on receiving the honor given to graduating cadets.

“If a hundred years later the descendant of one of America's fiercest opponents could enter the same halls as General Pershing to become a leader,” he adds, “it gives me hope that a lot of things can change in the world.”

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Young Muslim professionals advocate ‘halal lifestyle’ PDF Print E-mail

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- An all-volunteer Muslim civil society organization is quietly laying the foundation for lasting peace in Mindanao through halal-focused programs.

Samira A. Gutoc, coordinator of the Young Muslim Professionals Network said advocating a halal-focused lifestyle in Mindanao will greatly help attain lasting peace on the island. 
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