MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Apr. 27, 2011) – The Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao (IPDM) of the Mindanao State University announced Wednesday that it will hold its first-ever seminar and workshop on issues of the government peace talks with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
The three-day seminar is set to start on May 20, according to IPDM Director Dr Moctar Matuan. “As one of the premier institute of higher learning in Southern Philippines created to address the so-called Mindanao problem, it is expected to contribute concrete ideas on how to end this old Moro question and decades of conflict in Mindanao,” he said.
The announcement coincided with the resumption of the peace talks Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.
MSU’s academicians from it eight campuses in Mindanao are expected to join the seminar and share their views on the peace process and to formulate specific recommendations to the peace panels. Other professionals are also expected to attend the seminar, including lawyers and social scientists who were invited to speak to the affair.
Matuan said the activity is in line with the 12-point Reform Agenda of MSU President Dr Macapado Muslim.
Former Commissioner of Human Rights, lawyer Nasser Marohombsalic, will also give a talk on various issues, and including the legal impediments under Philippine Laws of the Moro struggle for self-determination.
Muslim on the hand is to present a paper entitled “Christian Settlers and Indigenous Peoples Objections to the Bangsamoro Demands: Creative Solutions to Address their Legitimate Concerns.” And so is Professor Syed Linga, who will discuss his paper "Possibilities in Uniting the Leadership of the Various Bangsamoro Fronts: Key to the Final Resolution of the Mindanao Conflict.” (Asa Madale)