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… »

GPH, MNLF, OIC meet to set agenda for Tripartite Review

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 Sept) – Representatives from the Philippine government (GPH), Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will meet in Manila… »

New book by young Moro writers launched next week

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 September) — A new book by young Moro writers will be launched next week in Cotabato City. The book, “Rays of the Invisible Light –… »

4 Mindanawons win Palanca Awards for Literature

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 Sept) — Four Mindanawons, three of them Dabawenyos, are among this year’s winners in the prestigious Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards). Two Dabawenyos won… »

Balay Mindanaw, Tagum Cooperative win Galing Pook’s 1st Citizenship Award

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 September) — Two of three organizations honored for the Galing Pook Foundation’s 1st Citizenship Award on September 1 are from Mindanao: the Cagayan de Oro-based Balay Mindanaw… »

Q and A with MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim: “The struggle will not end”

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/30 August) – While Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim was discussing scenarios on the peace process late afternoon of August… »

Murad: Senate version “clearly violated the peace agreement” but “will wait until the final process”

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 30 August) –House Bill 5811, the substitute bill to the GPH-MILF draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has been criticized by various sectors, including… »

Rufus’ Sept. 15 target to pass BBL: only 8 session days left

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 August) – There are only eight session days left from Monday, August 31 until September 15, the target date for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law… »

Pass the BBL now or pass on to next administration?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Aug) — Congress is rushing the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) with only 15 session days left from August 24 until the national budget debate… »

Rufus says BBL passed by Sept. 15

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 August) – Only 15 session days are left to tackle the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) until the national budget deliberations go to the plenary… »

SWS surveys say Pinoys prefer peaceful means over military ops

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 August) – Despite the tragedy in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that left 66 persons dead on January 25 this year, Filipinos continue to prefer peaceful means over military operations… »

Only 18 session days left for BBL before Congress starts plenary debates on budget

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 August) – As it is holding only three session days per week, Congress has only 18 session days left from August 17 for the interpellation,… »

MILF’s Murad: if no BBL under PNoy, next administration

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews /08 August) – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is still looking forward to the commitment of President Aquino to push for the passage… »

No BBL interpellation again; session adjourned due to lack of quorum again

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /06 August) – The interpellation period for the substitute bill to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) did not resume for the second day on Wednesday for the… »

Only 39 session days left for BBL before Congress goes on recess

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /05 August) — Can Congress still pass a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that is “mutually acceptable” to the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that… »

Duterte: honor peace agreements

M’LANG, North Cotabato (MindaNews /04 August) – The next President of the Philippines will have to deal with the peace processes with the Moro and the National Democratic Front (NDF)… »

Civil society supports BTC reso; says HB 5811’s autonomy is “weaker than ARMM”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – Representatives from civil society on Thursday expressed support for the resolution passed by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) rejecting HB 5811, saying the House of… »

BTC rejects HB 5811; urges Congress to pass BBL “in its original form”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that crafted the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has virtually rejected the substitute bill of the House of Representatives as… »

House resumes BBL interpellation on Aug. 4; still no substitute bill at the Senate

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) – The House of Representatives will resume the interpellation period for House Bill 5811, the substitute bill to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Tuesday,… »

BBL in PNoy’s SONA: 3 minutes out of 130-minute speech

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) –   One paragraph, the rest video materials, for a total of three minutes on what is supposed to be an “urgent” bill — the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Kin of Ampatuan Massacre victims: nothing on justice in PNOy’s SONA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 July) – Relatives of the 58 victims of the November 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao waited for the President to say something about the… »

The little girl in red turned out to be Murad’s grandchild

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/27 July) — Unmindful of the presence of at least 50 journalists, a little girl in red shirt printed with the message “You’ve got to… »

Sumilao brooms

On both sides of the national highway in Sumilao, Bukidnon are stalls selling what are referred to as “Baguio brooms.” Choose plain or those with handles marked “Sumilao, Bukidnon” in… »

Ampatuan patriarch is dead

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 July) — Datu Andal Ampatuan, Sr. former three-term governor of Maguindanao and one of the principal suspects in the 2009 massacre of 58 persons in… »

Murder charges, theft filed vs 102 suspects in Mamasapano tragedy

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 July) – A hundred and two persons, among them three commanders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and two from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom… »

Roque: ensure security in hospital premises where Ampatuan patriarch is

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 July) – A lawyer of some media victims in the 2009 massacre of 58 persons in Ampatuan, Maguindanao has asked police authorities to “ensure security”… »

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