(Manila Bulletin) – The military’s Western Mindanao Command (WMC) leadership expressed regret over the deaths of two children in an operation against the Abu Sayyaf in Tabuan Lasa town in Basilan and would want utmost prudence by its combat troops in running after the bandits. Maj. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., WMC commander said collateral damage among […]

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(Al Jazeera) – Hundreds of child soldiers have been released by the Philippines’ main separatist armed group here at Camp Nusa, continuing its commitment to end the recruitment and use of children within its ranks. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), one of the most powerful armed groups in the country, released the children on Friday […]

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(AP) – A network of organizations seeking to protect children in conflict urged U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday to add 11 parties to the blacklist of countries and armed groups responsible for grave violations against children. The Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict’s recommended additions included the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen, which was taken off […]

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(UNICEF) – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) today released children associated with the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Women’s Auxiliary Brigade (BIWAB), ending the recruitment and use of children within their ranks. It is part of a series of ceremonies that will eventually disengage around 1,858 children who were formally or informally […]

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(ECHO) – Liling’s eyes moisten as she recalls the day she had to flee her remote village in the southern Philippines, after her small community received threats from an armed group operating in the area. “We had to leave so quickly, we didn’t have time to take our things, not even enough food,” recounts the mother […]

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(Deutsche Welle) – The United Nations and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have pledged to safeguard the rights of children and have implemented an action plan to ensure that children affected by armed conflicts are better protected. “We are committed to implementing this program, which is for the good of our children,” said Sammy Al-Mansor, Chief of […]

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(OSRSG-CAAC) – Mindanao is the second largest island group in the Philippines. It has around 20 million inhabitants, including the Bangsamoros or ethnic Filipino Muslims who call Mindanao their home. The island is also the scene of a long-standing conflict between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), who are seeking […]

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(HRW) – We write in advance of your upcoming plenary session on the government of the Philippines’ compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Human Rights Watch has extensively documented violations relating to attacks on education and the recruitment and use of child solders, the right to education, the right to health, […]

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(Inquirer) – In a makeshift classroom with sawali (woven bamboo slats) walls, Manobo children smiled as they listened to a boy read the story of the Monkey and the Turtle. But noise from passing vehicles and the din of voices of other children in an adjoining room kept drowning the reader’s voice, and the listeners lost track […]

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(HRW) – Hundreds of Filipino children were barred from attending class when schools opened this week. The reason? The children have been living in shelters in Zamboanga City since their families fled fighting in the southern Philippines, and the Zamboanga City government failed to submit their school records and other requisite personal data to the Department of […]

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