BBL’s fate in the hands of 98 reps, most of them from Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /17 May) – The fate of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) — whether it is one that adheres to the letter and spirit of the Comprehensive Agreement… »

Rodriguez on BBL voting: “we’re ready to vote;” but are the rest?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews /17 May) – When members of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) convene at the Nograles Hall on Monday afternoon, May 18, Committee… »

House Committee on BBL resets voting to May 18, 19, 20

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/11 May) – The Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) on Monday night announced the resetting of its voting on the proposed law to May… »

“Vote for our future, Vote for Peace,” House Committee urged as it votes on BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 May) — “The future of Mindanao and the Philippines is in your hands,” a Catholic priest said as he and other supporters of the peace process urged… »

Remembering Datu Antonio Kinoc

Gov’t peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer (L) and member Senen Bacani (R) answer questions asked by children of Blaan Datu Antonio Kinoc, alternate member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

16th Congress can make history as “legislators-peacemakers

  QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/06 May) – Members of the 16th Congress can make history before they step down on June 30, 2016 by “unlocking the door to a just peace”… »

House leaders to peace advocates: BBL won’t be less than ARMM

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/06 May) – The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that Congress will pass will not be less than the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) that it seeks to… »

B’laan Datu Antonio Kinoc, MILF peace panel member, passes away

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /03 May) –Antonio “Tony” Kinoc, a B’laan Datu who served as alternate member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel representing Indigenous Peoples, passed away… »

Chief suspect wanted for Esperat murder shows up in public gathering; is not arrested

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 April) – The principal suspect in the 2005 murder of columnist Marlene Esperat who has been eluding arrest for 10 years now showed up on… »

OIC Sec-Gen’s son makes quick visit to Davao, Samal tourist spots  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 April) — “I enjoyed it very much,” Architect Ahmed Madani, son of Secretary-General Iyad Ameen Madani of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said… »

OIC Sec-Gen meets with MNLF, MILF leaders in Davao City; secretariat for Bangsamoro Coordination Forum set up

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 20  April) — The secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) met separately with leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic… »

OIC Sec-Gen meets with MNLF and MILF

Iyad Bin Ameen Madani, Secretary General of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) arrives for his meeting with the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum – composed of leaders of the… »

“Usahay” composer’s original version: Because “love is always, not just sometimes”

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/18 April) — Noemi Raymundo Ortega was a majorette at the Davao Central Institute in Toril district in the 1950s when she met Gregorio Responso Labja, band leader… »

Criminal charges to be filed against 90 MILF/BIFF/PAGs for SAF 35 deaths

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 April) – Criminal charges are being prepared against 90 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and private armed… »

Ustadz Amiril Umra Kato: “I am against never-ending peace negotiations”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 April) – Ustadz Amiril Umra Kato, the first chair of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a breakaway group from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) succumbed… »

A gathering of generations

Three generations of Moro women peace workers – Samira Ali Gutoc of Lanao del Sur, Bainon Karon of Maguindanao and former Santanina Rasul of Sulu – were among the participants… »

Friends of Peace

Former Comelec chair and 1986 Constitutional Commission member Christian Monsod, Mindanao Business Council chair Vicente Lao, Mindanao’s first Cardinal,  Orlando B. Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato; Amina Rasul of the Philippine… »

Way of the Cross

Catholic devotees in Davao City light candles at every station of the Cross morning of Good Friday during the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) along Shrine Hills, en route… »

Never-ending evacuations

Sisters Saria Namawog (left) and Cartiquia Cartin (right) of Barangay Elian, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, have lived a life of never-ending evacuations. “We’re too old to evacuate,” they said. The sisters… »

Maguindanao’s bakwits now 125,302; grandmas say they’re too old to evacuate  

DATU SAUDI AMPATUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/22 March) – Three generations of families of sisters Cartiquia Cartin and Saria Namawog are among 125,302 residents who fled their villages in Maguindanao following the… »

Duterte tops in Mindanao; ties 3rd with Erap in nationwide survey of ‘Presidentiables’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 March) – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte topped the March 1-7 survey in Mindanao of “Presidentiables” in the 2016 elections with 34% but ranked third… »

Bakwit population in Maguindanao now 72,585

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 March) – The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) or bakwits (evacuees) in 11 of 36 towns in Maguindanao due to the military operations against the Bangsamoro… »

House Committee to take up Bangsamoro Basic Law on April 6 to 16  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 March) – The House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) will meet on April 6 to 16 to finish deliberations… »

Widows of MILF combatants receive cash assistance from MILF  

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 March) — Unlike previous occasions in this multipurpose hall, the crowd on Sunday was predominantly female – widows of combatants of the Moro Islamic… »

Ampatuan Massacre update: Sajid out on bail  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 March) —   Sajid Islam Uy Ampatuan, the youngest son of Andal Ampatuan, Sr. and one of his co-accused in the 2009 massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao of 58… »

BOI, MILF to release reports on Mamasapano probes this week  

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/09 March) – The Board of Inquiry of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Special Investigative Commission (SIC) of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are set… »

Film on Bangsamoro is yet another casualty of the Mamasapano Tragedy

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 March) – A film on the Bangsamoro by a multi-awarded Moro filmmaker has become yet another casualty of the Mamasapano Tragedy. The Film Development Council… »

“Bakwit” population in Maguindanao now at 54,000

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 March 2015) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (ARMM-HEART) has recorded at least 54,370 internally displaced persons (IDPS)… »

Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano

Farmers bike to and from their farms on ordinary mornings in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao. But January 25 this year, a Sunday, was no ordinary morning, the day the village… »

“Justice for civilian killed, justice for carabao and cow killed”

TUKANALIPAO. Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 Feb) –  Twenty-nine year old Zayna Kiang wants to know when the promised compensation for civilian victims of the Mamasapano tragedy would be given since it’s been… »

MILF guerrillas watch from a distance as PNP Board of Inquiry visits encounter site  

SITIO ALILING, Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 25 Feb) –“Tingnan nyo, basta may coordinate, wala talagang problema (See, if there’s coordination, there is really no problem), Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

Q and A with MILF Commander Haramen on Mamasapano: “Walang eroplano, walang bazooka”

SITIO AMILIL, Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/12 Feb) — The few residents living along the highway in Barangay Tuka saw the signs of war when several truckloads of “sundalo” in… »

Drones flew over Mamasapano village in run-up to Jan. 25  

SITIO AMILIL, Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 12 Feb) — A full week before the January 25 operations to get Malaysian bomb expert Zulkifli bin hir aka Marwan, residents here… »

Q&A with Cardinal Quevedo: “Peace is the only solution to living together, developing a territory together”

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/04 February) — Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, the Archbishop of Cotabato, was in Bergamo, Italy to celebrate the Santo Nino mass for 3,000 Overseas Filipino Workers… »

Quevedo on Mamasapano: “Justice should not be selective but inclusive”

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/ 03 Feb) — Justice should not be equated with revenge and should not be selective but inclusive, for all those who were killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, Mindanao’s… »

US Embassy on Mamasapano: no US casualties, no help in intel, no drones

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 Feb) – “No US casualties, no help on intelligence, no drones.” This sums up the response of Kurt Hoyer, press attaché and the spokesperson of the United… »

As war drums beat elsewhere, residents in Mamasapano village pray for peace

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 27 January) –   As war drums are beating elsewhere, residents in this village where a bloody misencounter Sunday left at least 54 persons dead –… »

US Embassy on Mamasapano: “we just assisted in evacuation of dead and wounded”

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/27 January) – US troops were not involved in the operations Sunday to get high-value targets Zulkifli bin HIr aka Marwan of the Jemaah Islamiyah and Abdulbasit Usman… »

Mamasapano clash between SAF and MILF/BIFF: how to explain this tragedy?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 January) – At least 43 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police were killed Sunday in clashes with the Moro… »

Pope names Cardinal Quevedo special envoy to Japan event

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 January) – Pope Francis has designated Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato, as his Special Envoy to the celebration of the 150th Rediscovery of the “Hidden Christians”… »

Pope Francis: “I ask that the poor throughout this country be treated fairly”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 January) — If Typhoon Amang had not cut short Pope Francis’ visit in Leyte on Saturday, Pope Francis would have personally told the priests, religious, seminarians who… »

Pope’s message on peace a “clarion call” to work harder; memorable for MILF, Muslims

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) – Pope Francis’ message on the Bangsamoro peace process is “a clarion call” to everyone to work even harder, “collectively harnessing the power of… »

Mindanao’s revolutionary fronts’ common message to Pope Francis: peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) – Peace is the common message of Mindanao’s revolutionary fronts to Pope Francis — from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which signed a… »

Pope: bringing peace to Mindanao “will result in just solutions”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 January) — President Aquino said nothing about the peace processes involving the Bangsamoro and the communist guerrillas in his speech to welcome Pope Francis in Malacanang but… »

Quevedo hopes media disseminates framers’ statement on Bangsamoro Basic Law

UPDATED as of 7:20 a.m. 14 Jan 2015 DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Jan) – Mindanao’s lone Cardinal is grateful to the surviving members of the 1986 Constitutional Commission (ConCom) that drafted… »

Framers of 1987 Constitution: Bangsamoro is “about people, not about constitutionality of words”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 January) — “Bangsamoro is about the development of people, not about the constitutionality of words,” surviving members of the 1986 Constitutional Commission (ConCom) that drafted the 1987… »

MILF party to field candidates in 2016 for regional gov’t only, not for local  

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 December) – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s proposed political party – the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP) — will field candidates in 2016 not… »

19 months left for PNoy to fulfill vow of justice for Ampatuan Massacre victims

MASSACRE SITE, Ampatuan, Maguindanao (MindaNews/22 November) – “We will not rest until justice has been served,” President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, then barely five months into his six-year term in… »

Rep. Rodriguez: Bangsamoro Basic Law passed by “end of February”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Nov) — The new target for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law is “end of February,” Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chair of the 75-member… »

Slain student leader laid to rest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /14 Nov) – The 23-year old former chair of the University Student Council of the University of the Philippines-Mindanao who was killed November 4 in an encounter… »

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