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(BY: REV. BERLIE G. YAP)    The following were some of the headline news of eMedia yesterday on its primetime from 5-8AM that were hosted by partners Rey Bayona Bayoging, Miss Gay Lozada Baylosis and GIL Climaco:

First, a love triangle is seen to be one of the motives why a 32-year old man, by the name of Noel Rojas, committed a cold-blooded crime in Sitio Pole Diutay, La Paz. Rojas killed the couple Expedito and Marites Francisco while they were inside their house.

La Paz is a relatively peaceful baranggay in the West Coast where residents are mostly farmers, and everyone knows anyone. Thus, to know such of a murder is almost unheard of as it could unlikely happen to a peace-loving community.

According to the PRO IX spokesperson Insp. Dahlan Tidal Samuddin,  that in their report, it found out that the suspect was furious on the commission of the crime as when he failed to find the man he believed that had eloped his wife and brought her to an unknown destination. Desperation and uncontrolled anger pushed the suspect Rojas to slaughter his neighbors.

Second, Zamboanga Ecozone in Talisayan is now preparing for the upcoming Centennial Boy’s Scout Jamboree as a national event next month on November 8. According to the Zamboanga Ecozone Chairman and Administrator Christopher Arnuco that the jamboree’s original schedule of November 15 is moved to an earlier date, November 8, because of the request of its foreign delegates particularly the ASEAN nationals.

Mr. Arnuco further said that the Boy’s Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) officials are the ones responsible in the invitation while the Ecozone is on the venue, facilities and other amenities. More meetings are now done between the BSP and the local government for the final preparations of the said national event.

Third, the congress’ adhoc committee, who conducts public hearings on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), is scheduled to come to Zamboanga City on November 14, 2014.

Said congressmen will be around to clarify certain controversial provisions to the public about the BBL, between the negotiating panel of the Philippine government and also its members of the transition commission.

Meanwhile, chief negotiator Mohaquer Igbal announced that 30 % of the MILF firearms will be decommissioned soon as the congress approves the BBL. Iqbal further said that the other 35% will also be decommissioned when the Bangsamoro can create their own police and eventually the last 35% if the national government can implement all the agreements.

The decommissioning of the high-powered arms of the MILF is one of the hazy provisions of the said BBL. And it is yet also unclear if how many and to whom will the MILF surrender their firearms.

Mindanao has long time been yearning for a total peace on its land and peoples. There are no Muslims, Christians or Lumads who do not desire such illusive tranquility. Generations has witnessed different bloodbaths that brought no peace, and let alone progress, amongst the Mindanaons.

The recent Zamboanga siege of September 9, 2013 was even also a part and parcel of this said perplexity in the South. Many hope positive that somehow this recent peace talk of the MILF-GRP will put to close the enmity we have for decades.

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27

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