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… »

Rodriguez: BBL okay assured, but for eight provisions

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) – The chair of the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will push for the passage of the… »

Lumads perform high noon rituals for peace in at least 35 IP communities

COTABATO CITY (March 28) – Members of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) simultaneously offered prayers Saturday noon in an effort to help bring about peace. Rebecca Mokudef, Bliyan Libun (Woman Spiritual Leader)… »

Zambo CSOs air support for Pres. Aquino’s peace initiatives

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/28 March) – A consortium of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) based in this city has adopted a resolution calling on the public to rally behind the peace initiatives… »

Peace groups laud PNoy address on CAB anniversary

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) – Peace advocacy groups here lauded President Aquino for his determination to push the Bangsamoro peace process as avowed in his address to commemorate the first… »

Lumads hold simultaneous rituals for peace Saturday noon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) – Lumads or Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the proposed Bangsamoro are holding simultaneous rituals in every fenuwo (village) at 12 noon Saturday “to ask the Divine… »

Iqbal: peace no matter what happens to BBL

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 March) —  “The MILF will not disengage from the peace process no matter what will happen to that Bangsamoro Basic Law,” Mohagher Iqbal, chair… »

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… »

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… »

“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&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… »

Sana wala nang gyera, Sana wala nang bakwit

This documentary tackles the ordeal of the evacuees in the context of the repeated armed conflicts in Central Mindanao, their rights under the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, the… »

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… »

In pursuit of Marwan, deaths in the marshland

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 01 Feb) — “Hindi namin namalayan ang pagpasok nila. Nagising kami nang nagputukan na” (We did not notice their entry. We woke up to the sound… »

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’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… »

Madlos: release of captured soldiers an act of goodwill to re-start peace talks  

MARIHATAG, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/27 December) — The National Democratic Front (NDF)-Mindanao on Friday said peace talks with the Philippine government will likely restart soon as its armed wing released two Army… »

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… »

Rep. Rodriguez says support for Bangsamoro Basic Law is “universal”

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/30 Nov) — Despite some concerns, the proposed Bangsamoro Law is receiving overwhelming support  from residents  in Northern Mindanao, the chair of the House of Representatives Ad… »

‘Bangsamoro sets the stage for federalism’ — former Iligan mayor  

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/30 Nov) — A former mayor here has urged members of the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law to consider the proposed measure… »

Decommissioning of MILF starts in January 2015

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/29 November) — The decommissioning of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will start by January next year, a senior official of the rebel group said… »

Rep. Biazon asks Iliganons to “listen to your hearts”, seek compromise on BBL

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/29 November) — Warning that the rejection of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) would mean “more killings and destruction,” a lawmaker appealed to some 500 people who attended… »

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… »

“Pray for long-lasting peace” is this year’s Mindanao week of Peace theme

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Nov) – This year’s theme for the Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) is “We pray for long-lasting peace in Mindanao. Give, Share, Live and Proclaim Peace.” The… »

Bangsamoro Development Authority submits economic blueprint

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao —  “This is very unique,” Malaysian facilitator Tengku Dato’ Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed said of the Bangsamoro Development Plan, which was handed by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) to… »

SouthCot’s Gov. Fuentes: ok to Bangsamoro but “be sure it will solve problems”

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/27 Oct) — South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes does not have anything against the establishment of the Bangsamoro government but wants to be sure that the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Rodriguez to IPs in Bangsamoro: “Do not worry. IPRA will be applicable”

UPI, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 October) — The chair of the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) has assured residents of this predominantly Lumad town that… »

How not to conduct the Bangsamoro public hearings

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 October) — The House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) scheduled a three-day one-town, four-city series of public hearings from October 22… »

Committee on Bangsamoro Law has two old warriors as members

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 October) — Sulu st district Representative Tupay Loong and Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon sat beside each other at the end of the four-hour public hearing on the… »

Church leaders urge GPH, NDF to resume peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 September) – Church leaders on Sunday called on government (GPH) and National Democratic Front (NDF) to resume peace negotiations “to address the substantive issues that remain as… »

Dec. 17 is target date for passing Bangsamoro Basic Law  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Sept) – Calendared for first reading Monday, September 14, the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, now known as House Bill 4994, is targeted for passing by December 17… »

Dureza: extend Bangsamoro transition period to 2019

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 September) — A former Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and government peace panel chair in the talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is asking… »

Imagining the future Bangsamoro through the draft Basic Law  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 September 2014) — Among the country’s 17 regions, the future Bangsamoro, targeted to be set up by June 30, 2016, will be distinct from all the rest… »

Q and A with MILF-BTC’s Mohagher Iqbal “We have exerted everything possible and that’s what we got out of the process”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Sept) — Mohagher Iqbal, information chief of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has been chief negotiator of its peace panel since July 29, 2003 but had… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law finally submitted to Congress

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 Sept) – The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is finally in Congress. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles and Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) chair Mohagher… »

Bangsamoro Basic Law done; submitted to Congress by Sept. 10

MANDALUYONG CITY (MindaNews/07 September) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is finally done. 14 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the body mandated to draft the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Bangsamoro Basic Law done; BTC commissioners sign transmittal letter

MANDALUYONG CITY (MindaNews/07 September) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law  (BBL) is finally done. All 14 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the body mandated to draft the Bangsamoro… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law “99.99% done”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 August) – The Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will not meet their self-imposed deadline of “end of August” for the submission… »

Murad: success in Bangsamoro peace process will make armed struggle “the last option”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 August) — Returning to armed struggle if the 17-year od peace process will not succeed is “not a closed option” but the Moro Islamic Liberation Front “will… »

Q and A with MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim: “We will try to work out every effort to make armed struggle the last option”  

Al Haj Murad Ebrahim was looking forward to his trip to Hiroshima, Japan on the third week of June not only because he was going to address the 6th Consolidation… »

Murad: “what’s happening here is different from the Middle East”  

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 August) — Mindanao and the Middle East should not be compared because the situations in these areas are different, Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair… »

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