Beyond PNoy: moving on in the Bangsamoro peace process

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /31 January) – “The BLBAR is dead; long live the BBL!” The Congress-proposed Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR) under the Aquino administration is dead,… »

BBL passage, decommissioning, etc.. passed on to next administration

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 January) – The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the decommissioning of combatants and weapons of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and other… »

Who, what killed BBL?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 January) — The January 25, 2015 Mamasapano tragedy is to blame for Congress’ failure to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Senate President Franklin Drilon… »

Bangsamoro law won’t pass under PNOy

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 January) – The Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday announced they can no longer pass the law that would have… »

Q and A with MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim: “The two panels should sit down and plan what will happen to the peace process”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 January) – Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, 67-year old grandfather of nine, has been chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) since July 2003, days… »

Balindong: “This House of Representatives has collectively failed the Bangsamoro people”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 January) – Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Pangalian Balindong of Lanao del Sur and two other Moro legislators stepped  out of the plenary hall of the House of… »

Napenas: US gov’t, CIA part of “Oplan Exodus” to get Marwan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — The Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine Naitonal Police (PNP) did not coordinate with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the peace process… »

Murad to PNoy in recent meeting: passing BLBAR will throw away peace process

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 27 January) – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) looks forward to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but not the… »

From SAF last year to rats this year: crop failure in the cornfields of Tukanalipao

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews /25 January) – The makeshift wooden footbridge still stands between the riverbanks but is no longer used by residents here as the central part is about to… »

Ritual held for spirits of slain SAF members from Cordillera to “come home”

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 25 January) — Relatives of 14 slain members of the Special Action Force (SAF) from the Cordillera held a ritual under a multicolored umbrella tent… »

Murad to Congress: give importance to peace, pass the BBL

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 January) – The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has appealed to Congress to give importance to peace by passing… »

Bangsamoro law in the House: no numbers, no quorum

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 20 January) — A day after House Majority Leader said they cannot guarantee the passage of the Bangsamoro law before Congress adjourns again on February 5… »

MILF: “The BBL will pass if Congress decides to pass it”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) –  “The BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) will pass if Congress decides to pass it. If they don’t, then it is finished, at least for… »

MINDANAO 2015: National Living Treasure among Mindanawons who passed away in 2015

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 January) – A National Living Treasure, a forerunner of interfaith dialogue in Mindanao, a retired bishop, a patriarch of a political dynasty, a founder of a breakaway… »

MINDANAO 2015: 8 session days left to resurrect a “dead BBL” or revive a “BLBAR on its death throes”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 January) — As expected, Congress failed to meet its self-imposed deadline to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on December 16, its last session day before taking… »

MINDANAO 2015: Mamasapano, Duterte and other headlines of 2015

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /08 January) – The grant of bail in early January to Ampatuan Massacre suspect Sajid Ampatuan for P200,000 per murder count or a total of P11.6 million… »

Only in Davao City: 15th Christmas and New year with no firecrackers

DAVAO CITY (MindNews/31 December) – While the rest of the country is still grappling with how to celebrate Christmas and the New Year safely, Davao City has just celebrated its… »

Magahat’s warning re ambush of media and politicians: not just text but video

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 December) – A Lumad paramilitary group that has been repeatedly accused of sowing terror in several towns in Surigao del Sur, including the September 1 killing of… »

26 Philippine Eagles bred in captivity in 23 years

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 December) – The Philippine Eagle Foundations’ Conservation Breeding Program in Malagos, Calinan has produced 26 eagles in 23 years – betweeen 1992 and 2015 —… »

Dealing with the Past: TJRC submits report to GPH, MILF peace panels

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 December) – The five-member Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) has handed over to the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels… »

Thank you, Fr. Joe

Family, confreres and friends gather at the cemetery of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Tamontaka, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on December 9 for the interment of Fr. Jose Ante,… »

Duterte tops SWS nationwide survey at 38%, from 16% in September

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 December) – Presidential aspirant and Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte topped a Social Weather Stations (SWS) commissioned nationwide survey on voters’ preference for President with 38% as… »

“Rido” wins National Book Award for Social Sciences

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) – The expanded edition of “Rido: Clan Feuding and Conflict Management in Mindanao,” won the National Book Award for Social Sciences category in the 34th National… »

Congress reps urged: “Pumasok na kayo”

ILOILO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) – If a government auditor can be suspended for habitual tardiness, what is to be done with members of the House of Representatives who are always… »

6 session days to Dec. 16 target for passing BBL; CSOs await Ombudsman’s action on lawmakers’ “chronic absenteeism”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 December) – There are only six session days left from December 7 to December 16, the supposed target date for the passage of the Bangsamoro… »

Duterte: “Davao City will be my Exhibit A”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 November) — Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says he doesn’t have the “superiority and talent, managerial ability and all” but a what he can offer the country is what… »

Marcos: Senate “might still manage” to pass Bangsamoro law by Dec. 16

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 November) – Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. is confident the Senate “might still manage” to pass the Bangsamoro law by December 16 this year but it will not… »

6 years after Ampatuan Massacre, justice is “dulom pa sa alkitran”

MASSACRE SITE, Ampatuan, Maguindanao (MindaNews/22 November) – Monday, November 23, 2015, is exactly six years since that Monday morning massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao of 58 persons, 32 of them from… »

Drilon says BBL still a “top priority’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 November) – The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is still a “top priority,” Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said as he gave assurance… »

Ferrer on BBL passage: not much time but “we’re still hoping”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 November) – “It’s not over until its over,” the chair of the government (GPH) peace panel in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said… »

Lumad school blames military for burning teachers’ cottage

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 November) – A network of schools for the Lumads (Indigenous Peoples) is holding the military accountable for the November 12 burning of a teachers’ cottage in its… »

Dec. 16 deadline might pass with no BBL passed but Deles says “we’re not giving up”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 Nov) – The December 16 deadline set by the leadership of the House of Representatives and Senate to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will likely pass… »

Passing the BBL by Dec. 16: 15 session days in the House, 8 session days in the Senate

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 Nov) – Congress has been urged by various sectors to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by December 16, the target date set last month by the… »

Business, int’l groups push for passage of “acceptable” BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindNews/04 Nov) – Thirteen business groups in the country, including the Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines Mindanao Business Council and ARMM Business Council, have jointly… »

Duterte reiterates “nothing has changed”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 November) – “Nothing has changed.” While supporters of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte cheered the resolution early last week of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to compel… »

ARMM Gov Hataman to Eat Bulaga: apologize to Muslim community

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 October) — The government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has asked GMA 7’s Eat Bulaga to apologize to the Muslim community following the outrage… »

At the foothills of Mt. Apo, growing anthuriums has put more food on the table

BATASAN, Makilala, North Cotabato (MindaNews/31 October) — They came down the mountain road on a tractor, on horseback or on foot — Lumads and non-Lumads — a thick bunch of… »

Flowers by the roadside, 24/7

Along the national highway in Kisante, Makilala, North Cotabato, flowers (as well as bananas) are on display 24/7 starting October 29, to allow travelers access to flowers for the annual… »

Mastura files intervention with SC in defense of FAB/CAB

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Oct) – Give the Bangsamoro a day in court. Datu Michael Mastura, lawyer and historian and direct descendant of the hero Sultan Kudarat, filed Tuesday an urgent… »

Misuari subject to perpetual disqualification for not filing election fund statement

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 October) – Nur Misuari, founding chair of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and former governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is among 361… »

Human rights defender runs for Sulu Governor

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 October) – A human rights defender who was detained for three and a half years for a crime the court said he did not commit, is running… »

4 years after Fr. Pops Tentorio’s murder, no case filed yet

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 October) – Four years, no case, no justice. Four years after the murder of Italian missionary Fausto “Pops” Tentorio in Arakan, North Cotabato by alleged members of… »

With BBL in limbo, ARMM polls to push through; Hataman seeks reelection but..

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Oct) — With the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in limbo, elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will proceed as scheduled on May 9,… »

Only 18 session days left to pass BBL but CSOs, peace panels say “never say never to peace”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 08 October) – “Never say never to peace,” Mindanao’s civil society organizations and the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels say even… »

Biggest roadblocks to passage of BBL: fear, biases and prejudices

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 October) – The biggest roadblock to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is “the fear of the legislators about the BBL as originally presented,” Mindanao’s… »

Senate probe on Lumad killings: “apparent unholy alliance” and denials

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/04 October) – The two-day Senate probe on Lumad killings ended Friday afternoon with Mindanawon senators Teofisto Guingona III and Aquilino Pimentel III echoing the… »

Murad: “Whatever happens to the BBL we should accept as the will of Allah”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Sept) – The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has issued an appeal “to everyone to hold fast to the Peace Process” even… »

Duterte to Luneta crowd: give me time to do “some final soul-searching”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Sept) – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte did not show up at the Quirino grandstand rally in Luneta Saturday afternoon, but sent word to the thousands of… »

Teduray peace advocate is N-Peace awardee

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 Sept) — A Teduray woman advocating non-violence and Indigenous Peoples’ rights is among this year’s winners of the N-Peace Awards. Jo Genna “Jude” Martin Jover of Upi… »

House goes on 5-session days a week to pass BBL; Senate sets no deadline

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 September) — Starting Monday, September 7, the House of Representatives will be holding five session days a week – from Monday to Friday – instead of three… »

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