- The Visiting Forces Agreement, more specifically the Balikatan Exercises, has turned Mindanao into the
US’ Armed Forces “new base” in South East Asia. Questions were raised during the forum on ’s involvement in the negotiations between the GRP and the MILF. What do you think is the America ’ agenda in all these? United States Mindanaohas traditionally been called “The Land of Promise.” Unfortunately, the years have shown that what the Moslems and Lumads have experienced are a bunch of broken promises. Moreover, most of the island’s real estate is controlled by trans-nationals and the landed-rich, What do you think can the churches do to respond to the Moslems and Lumads’ clamor for land and liberty?
- What concerns raised during the forum challenged you? Please share at least three and discuss how you intend to address these challenges?
- What does the phrase “one person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter” mean in the light of the Mindanao crisis and
’s “War on Terror”? America
- How do we integrate all these concerns in our Sunday schools and Bible studies? Which specific biblical passages would help inform our group discussions?
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Questions for Reaction Paper on GRP-MILF Forum
The UP Forum on the GRP-MILF MOA on Ancestral Domain, held at the UP Hotel on August 20, 2008, raised very important issues, among which are the following that require your reaction: