Story number 1 for 22 Feb 2001

By February 22, 2001

(Philippines)–Topping the news, the Philippines’ new president has announced a cease-fire with the main Muslim rebel group in Mindanao, where fighting has claimed more than 120,000 lives. There are many who believe a government cease-fire could help renew peace talk efforts. Far East Broadcasting Company’s Jonathon Mortiz supports his government’s efforts. “This is a very positive move of our government to have a peace process again towards the Muslims in the south. When there is peace there will always be a positive outlook for a ministry organization.” Mortiz adds that their work has been largely unaffected by the latest bout of violence, but the need for their ministry is growing. “We’re focusing on community development because of the war. We are continuing our broadcast to the Muslims in the south. We do programs like drama, songs and interviews, [in] which we tackle issues concerning health, livelihood and peace-building.”

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