||Posted: Feb. 13 2008,00:58
Details of demonstrations by city (continued from main article):
Hundreds of children from different Islamic schools (madrasah) in Taguig, Manila wore green bands (color of Islam) and waved flags, calling for peace in Mindanao in Islamic New Year celebrations (Amun Jadeed) last January 19.
Thousands of people from Moro communities, non-government and people’s organizations gathered in Cotabato city plaza and called on the attention of the international community to press the Philippine government to give more attention to its peace processes with the Bangsamoro people through the MNLF and the MILF.
In Marawi, civilians wore red shirts and bands, and raised flags with the word, Allahu Akbar (Allah is Great), urging the government and MILF to resume their stalled peace talks.
In Iligan, a convoy of almost one hundred vehicles and thousands of demonstrators from nearby Marawi City and the surrounding municipalities of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte called upon President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to immediately resolve the problem.
In General Santos, people filled the public plaza and expressed dismay and fears over any possible impact of the stalemate in the GRP-MILF peace talks and the government’s negligence over the implementation of the GRP-MNLF 1996 Final Peace Agreement.
In Pagadian, both Christians and Muslims converge at the city plaza to call on the government to make a more sincere effort at justly and peacefully resolving the peace problem in Mindanao.
In Basilan, demonstrators from conflict affected communities expressed doubts that the government actually intended to conclude the peace process and return to the Bangsamoro what is rightfully theirs.
In Jolo, thousands of locals and over three dozen civil society organization joined the governor, the first district congressman, and several local leaders in crying for justice to the seven civilians and one soldier who were massacred by a composite troop from the Navy Special Warfare Group and the Army Light Reaction Company, aided by US soldiers last February 4.