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Government social workers join Balay in torture documentation

Government social workers and an investigator from the Commission on Human Rights from Davao City joined Balay in documenting cases of torture in Mati, Davao Oriental on May 18, 2017.  The documentation team was able to gather the narrative accounts of  10 civilians who claimed to still suffer from the effects of torture and ill treatment from members of security forces who swooped down their village during the ‘all out war’ campaign of then President Estrada against Moro rebellion. 

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Statement: Balay encourages President Rodrigo Duterte to keep the flames of hope burning in the search for peace

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In a speech on Friday, May 5, before police officers in Parang, Maguindanao, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he was “at a loss” and felt “a bit pessimistic” about the prospects for peace with Moro rebels owing to their supposedly continued “squabbling.”

The President further said he was worried nothing can come out of the process which his administration expanded to include various Moro stakeholders, and tried to engage both the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) with a common Bangsamoro agenda consistent with each group’s peace pact with government.

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