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April 8, 2011

MANILA — The UN said Friday it had so far registered 600 child soldiers, some as young as eight, fighting for armed groups in the Philippines and expected the final number to be in the thousands.

The country’s main Muslim rebel group, communist insurgents and Al-Qaeda-linked extremists were all on the UN “list of shame” for recruiting boys and girls, UN representatives said.

“We have about 600 children registered (as soldiers) at the moment. We expect it to (eventually) be in the early thousands,” said Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN special representative for children and armed conflict. (more…)

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April 6, 2011

United Nations Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy is now in the Philippines to follow up on UN recommendations to protect children in areas of armed conflict. This is from a statement made by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) on Tuesday.

“Coomaraswamy will be here until April 9 to meet with different sectors and discuss specific plans in promoting the rights of children in conflict areas and preventing the recruitment of minors by armed groups,” the OPAPP said. (more…)

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April 2, 2011

COTABATO CITY, Philippines. Muslim rebels clashed Sunday with pro-government militias in the southern Filipino province of Maguindanao and conflicting reports said as many as 8 people were killed in the fighting.

The army confirmed the clashes, but would not say if there were casualties in the violence. There was a clash alright, but we cannot give any details as far as casualties are concerned. We are still getting all the facts here, Major Marlowe Patria, a spokesman for the 6th Infantry Division, told the Mindanao Examiner.

He said the fighting occurred in the town of Mangudadatu late in the afternoon and that troops had been sent to the area to contain the violence. Both sides have been fighting over control of lands in the town. (more…)

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http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/309171/malaysian-peace-monitors-begin-work-mindanaos-peace-efforts

By Edwin O. Fernandez
March 13, 2011, 8:22pm

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (PNA) – The new batch of Malaysian peace observers that belonged to the International Monitoring Team (IMT) started its job Sunday by meeting local police and military officials and other team members to ensure continuity of religious observance of the government and Moro rebel ceasefire agreement. (more…)

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http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/308296/civilians-flee-village-clan-war-erupts-maguindanao

March 9, 2011, 11:55am

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao, Philippines (PNA) – A clan war has erupted in a remote village in Maguindanao sending more than 150 families fleeing, the military here said. (more…)

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http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2011/03/02/red-cross-drums-respect-civilians-conflicts-142729

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

THE International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) appeals for greater respect for civilians amid conflict situations that are not of their own doing.

The cycles of violence through the insurgency have been prevalent over the years across the country, and it has resulted in casualties and displacement, bringing havoc and fear to affected communities who are not even participants to the conflict. (more…)

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By Ana Marie Pamintuan (The Philippine Star) Updated January 24, 2011

The chief of the military’s Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) uses the caldero or cooking pot as a gauge for measuring the success of a counterinsurgency campaign. (more…)

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