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,… »

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… »

Murad; continue peace process even if BBL not passed within PNoy’s term

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 July) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said on Saturday that it will continue to demand for the implementation of the peace agreements it signed with the… »

Marcos: “BBL is dead if the Supreme Court voids the peace agreements”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) –   The Senate Committee on Local Government will continue working on the crafting of a substitute bill to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law… »

Bishops want a Bangsamoro Basic Law “rooted in social justice and promotes social justice”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – The country’s Catholic bishops adopted during its recent plenary assembly the Mindanao Catholic Bishops’ statement on the peace process and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)… »

What people have forgotten about the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 July) – Which BBL? Whose BBL? For whom is the BBL? The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted to Congress in ceremonial rites held in Malacanang on… »

Rufus: BBL deliberations to resume August despite petitions in Supreme Court

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 12 July) – The House of Representatives will resume deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) next month without waiting for the Supreme Court’s ruling on the… »

Mindanawon journalists win 2015 EU Peace Journalism Awards

Mindanawon journalist Jefry Tupas of the Davao City-based Newsdesk is the Grand Winner of the EU Peace Journalism Awards. Tupas won the grand prize for his article, “The Teachers of… »

Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida meets GPH and MILF officials in Tokyo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 June) — Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida reaffirmed Japan’s commitment to peace and development in Mindanao, particularly in the Bangsamoro, during his meeting Saturday with… »

FAB, CAB questioned in Supreme Court

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 June) — A group that includes the Zamboanga Archbishop and a retired archbishop of Davao City filed with the Supreme Court on Friday a petition to declare… »

Decommissioning’s significance: “ a promise of peace after Mamasapano”

SIMUAY, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 17 June 2015) – Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, attended the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in the… »

Delayed BBL passage = delayed decommissioning of MILF firearms, combatants

SIMUAY, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 17 June) – The continued delay in the passage of the proposed Bangsamro Basic Law (BBL) is affecting the timetable not only of the… »

PNoy and Murad: a chance to right the narrative; transformation, not surrender

SIMUAY, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/16 June) – For President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Tuesday’s ceremonial turnover of 55 high-powered firearms and 20 crew-served weapons of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

PNoy to witness decommissioning of MILF firearms, combatants

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) – President Aquino will witness the first phase of the decommissioning processes in Maguindanao on Tuesday, June 16, with the ceremonial turnover of 55… »

Marcos says “large parts” of original BBL will be in the substitute bill

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) – The chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government said they are not throwing away the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as he is certain that… »

“The Tripoli Agreement was succeeding. We had peace” – Marcos

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) – The Tripoli Agreement of 1976 that was signed by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Philippine government (GPH) under then President Ferdinand Marcos,… »

ARMM Local Gov’t Secretary urges passage of BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 June) – The Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DILG-ARMM) has urged the Philippine Councilors League and… »

BBL interpellations suspended until after SONA; only 8 of 38 Reps finished

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – The House of Representatives suspended interpellations on the substitute bill to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday before adjourning sine… »

Sema: MILF “wanted the moon and stars and everything” but is getting only the rays of the sun

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/09 June) – One of the vice chairs of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on Tuesday night said the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… »

House will pass BBL after SONA; Iqbal says “come what may”

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 08 June) — The House of Representatives will finish its interpellations on HB 5811, the substitute bill to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), on Wednesday before… »

Senator Rasul to Senator Marcos: invite your mother to talk about Tripoli Agreement

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/06 June) –   Former Senator Santanina Rasul is urging Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., to invite his mother, Imelda Romualdez Marcos, to his June 9 public hearing at the… »

House not likely to meet June 11 deadline to pass BBL

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/05June) — The House of Representatives is not likely to meet its June 11 deadline to pass the Committee-approved Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) with only a total of… »

Day 2 of BBL interpellations at the House suspended anew due to lack of quorum

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/03 June) – Day 2 of the interpellations on the Committee- approved Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was suspended anew due to lack of quorum as majority of the… »

Rodriguez: quorum problems affecting June 11 target for BBL approval

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/03 June) – Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez admitted Tuesday night that the issue on quorum is affecting their June 11 target to approve House Bill 5811,… »

BBL’s substitute bill at the plenary: a night of speeches but who was listening?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 02 June) – “Be on the right side of history,” Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

BBL’s substitute bill submitted to plenary

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/01 June) — After eight months of consultations, 51 public hearings, executive sessions and meetings, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) submitted its substitute… »

House Committee’s “Bangsamoro” is “less than ARMM”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May) – The House of Representatives will meet in plenary on Monday, June 1 until Congress adjourns sine die on June 11, to deliberate and vote on… »

GPH, MILF peace panels urged to return to nego table, agree on new timetable

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May) — A former member of the government (GPH) peace panel in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is proposing that the peace panels… »

Plenary debate on Bangsamoro law begins June 1

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/24 May) — Debates on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) or what the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) has renamed as the Basic… »

MNLF, ARMM legislators will be in Bangsamoro Transition Authority

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 24 May) — If the provision in the House Committee-approved Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on the composition of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) is adopted by… »

Zambo’s Summer Peace Camp begins

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Zabida/24 May) — For those who heeded its siren call, this is the summer when peace will perhaps begin to bloom for ever in their lives. “And we… »

Committee-approved BBL: Is it faithful to the peace pact? Is it more than ARMM?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 22 May) — By a vote of 50 in favor, 17 against and one abstention on Wednesday afternoon, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Rep. Catamco on IPs in the Committee-approved BBL: “not so happy”

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/22 May) – “Not so happy.” North Cotabato Rep. Nancy Catamco proposed at least 12 amendments to the then 18-article, 242-section draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, focusing on Indigenous… »

Palace version of BBL won’t address Mindanao armed conflict – Makabayan bloc

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 May) – Malacanang’s version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will not address the root cause of the armed conflict in Mindanao, progressive lawmakers said in a… »

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… »

“Yes to BBL” groups to march around Congress; “No to BBL” groups troop to Luneta

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May) – Peace groups supporting the passage of a “meaningful” Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) or one that respects the spirit and letter of the Comprehensive Agreement on… »

Experts say GPH-MILF peace pact a significant achievement in fighting terrorism

MAKATI (MindaNews/17 May) — International security analysts  and Singapore based geopolitical experts  led by former Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, former Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) lauded the Philippines… »

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… »

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… »

Wanted terrorist Abdulbasit Usman killed by MILF

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /03 May) – Abdulbasit Usman, one of the country’s most wanted terrorists was killed 11:50 a.m. Sunday in a chance encounter with troops of Moro Islamic Liberation… »

At least a thousand march for peace in Marawi; Alonto-led MNLF affirms solidarity with MILF

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/28 April) – At least a thousand residents joined the Bangsamoro Walk for Peace early Tuesday morning  to push for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)… »

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… »

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