BTC signs draft Bangsamoro Basic Law: 12 yes, one with reservations, 2 absent

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 20 April) –  The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was finally completed by the 15-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission at the end of a four-hour plenary session on… »

BTC submits “partial” draft of Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 April) — The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) has not finished drafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but was expected to submit a “partial” draft to the Office… »

Catholic bishops, educators vow to strengthen peacebuilding efforts in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 April) — Catholic bishops and educators vowed to strengthen the role of the Catholic Church “in the promotion of lasting peace in Mindanao” as they welcomed the… »

Miriam and Miriam meet on Bangsamoro peace pact after Lent

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 April) –  Government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and Senator Miriam Santiago will meet to discuss the Bangsamoro peace pact “after Lent,” Ferrer told a gathering of… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law not yet done but submission set for Monday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 April) — The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) has yet to meet in plenary on Sunday to deliberate on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but has set… »

Santiago claims Bangsamoro pact is “unconstitutional;” Ferrer says it is constitutional

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 3 April) – The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is “unconstitutional,” Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said… »

Duterte: rethink arrest of CPP leaders if peace talks to push through

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 March) –  The government should think twice before hunting down and arresting high-profile members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) if peace talks… »

Quevedo to Ateneo grads: “contribute to peace, correct tragic imbalances in society”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) — Mindanao’s first Cardinal urged graduates of the Ateneo de Davao University, whether they are Christians, Muslims or Lumads, to contribute in their own little ways… »

A mother’s wish granted: “Mujahid will not grow up to be a sniper”

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews / 28 March) — The mood was festive as thousands of Moro men and women gathered at the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) Camp Darapanan… »

From the battlefields of Mindanao, Bangsamoro peace pact signed in the gardens of Malacanang

KALAYAAN GARDENS, Malacanan Palace (MindaNews /27 March)  — From the battlefields of Mindanao, the 17-year old peace negotiations between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… »

Hopes, fears aired on signing of Bangsamoro peace pact

DATU PIANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews /27 March) – The signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) on Thursday in Malacañang after 17 years of on-and-off peace negotiations between the… »

On the signing of the Bangsamoro peace pact: Whose peace? Whose development?

DATU PIANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/27 March) – The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) that the Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will sign in Malacañang today (March 27)… »

Celebrating the Bangsamoro: “They’ve run out of green cloth,” says Iqbal

DAVAO  CITY  (MindaNews/26 March) – On Saturday, five days before the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

Negotiations over; GPH, MILF initial Bangsamoro pact

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) – After 17 years, the Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) finally ended peace negotiations on Saturday, March 22, with the initialing of… »

MILF unprepared for elections, says former chief peace negotiator

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 March) – A former chair of the government peace panel in talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Wednesday expressed apprehensions it might be premature… »

After 17 years, GPH, MILF sign peace pact this month

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) —  The  Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  will celebrate two significant events in the history of the Bangsamoro this month: the signing… »

SIDEBAR: March in the history of the Bangsamoro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) — Will the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) this month and the submission of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law by March 31… »

Mindanao’s first Cardinal: of servanthood and being ‘a man of peace in a broken land”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/11 March) – A phalanx of anti-riot police and a fire truck stood ready near the entrance of PC Hill along Sinsuat Avenue, just across the compound of… »

Women in the Bangsamoro speak up on “better Bangsmaoro for all”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) — Two women members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) called on women in the proposed Bangsamoro political entity to collectively raise their voices so they… »

MILF commander thanks military custodians

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 February) – The commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s 118th Base Command who was arrested  late Sunday afternoon and released early Tuesday evening thanked the 6th… »

Arrested MILF commander freed

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/25 Feb) – A commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front who was arrested Sunday night was released early Tuesday evening on orders of the court. Government peace… »

ARCHIVES: Quevedo on Injustice: the Root of Conflct in Mindanao

ARCHIVES Injustice: the Root of Conflict in Mindanao By Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI (Note from MindaNews. This paper was delivered by Cotabato Archbishop  Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I., also president… »

More investments expected as ARMM transitions into Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 February) — There’s business in peace, and mining and banana firms are cashing in on the positive investment climate as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)… »

Iqbal to CSOs: fast-track consultations on Bangamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 February) – The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) which is drafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) wants civil society organizations to “fast-track” their consultations so the Commission can… »

CSOs submit initial results of consultations on Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 Feb) – Representatives from Mindanao’s civil society will convene at the Royal Mandaya Hotel here on February 10 to 12 to hand over initial results of the… »

[SPECIAL REPORT] The women in the Bangsamoro peace process: history, herstory

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/28 January)  —  When the history of the peace process between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Bangsamoro is written, the story of the women who helped and… »

GPH, MILF extend IMT, AHJAG tour of duty by another year

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/26 January) – Barely a  day after signing the last of the four annexes to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) that would now pave the way… »

GPH-MILF peace deal: “Let it be the real final peace agreement”

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/26 January) –  Local and international communities  hailed Saturday’s signing of the last annex that would complete the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), with a Sulu-based professor… »

Mindanao reps confident Congress will pass Bangsamoro Basic Law

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/25 January) –  Rep. Jesus Sacdalan, the governor of North Cotabato whose province petitioned and got the Supreme Court to stop the August 5, 2008 signing of the… »

Mindanao’s civil society groups laud signing of Normalization annex

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/25 January)—Civil society leaders in Mindanao lauded the signing of the Annex on Normalization, the last of the four annexes to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB).… »

Last Annex signed; GPH, MILF move to next phase: implementation

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/25 January) — The end of the negotiations phase and the beginning of the implementation phase. The peace panels of the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic… »

GPH, MILF sign last Annex this weekend

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 24 January) –  From FAB to CAB. Fifteen months after signing the Framework Agreement on the Bangsmaoro (FAB), the peace panels of the Philippine government (GPH)… »

Malaysian facilitator: GPH-MILF peace pact is “world’s showcase”

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/24 January) – The Malaysian facilitator in the peace process between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) looks at the nearly completed comprehensive… »

GPH, MILF sign Power-Sharing annex; January eyed for signing of comprehensive peace pact

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 08 December)  — The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels signed Sunday night the Annex on Power-Sharing to the Framework Agreement on the… »

Civil society hails signing of Power-sharing annex

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/ 08 December) – Civil society leaders in Mindanao hailed Sunday’s signing of the Annex on Power-sharing by the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… »

GPH, MILF signing Annex on Power-Sharing

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 08 December)  — The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels are signing in a few minutes the Annex on Power-Sharing to the Framework… »

GPH-MILF nego on Power-Sharing: only one issue left to resolve

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 08 December)  — The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels were supposed to have ended talks here on Saturday but agreed to extend… »

Bayan Muna to GPH, NDF: ceasefire in Yolanda-hit areas 


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 Nov) – Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate and International Alert, a UK-based group, have called on the government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) to… »

Bangsamoro Transition Commission and CSO sign MOA on public consultation

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 18 October) –  The Bangsamoro Transition Commission, the body tasked by the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law,  and… »

GPH, MILF stuck on power-sharing; no deal struck this round

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Oct) — The government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels resumed talks Tuesday, extended it supposedly until Saturday but ended early Sunday morning with… »

Ela waits for niece held by MNLF; awaits news on the fate of 16 other relatives

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 September) – Ela Ramos waited outside the gates of  the Philippine National Police’s Camp Batalla Monday night to fetch her niece, Pilar, one of  at… »

Cop and MNLF guerilla lay down arms briefly for dialogue to free hostages

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 September) —  They laid down their firearms briefly – a policeman and a Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) guerrilla – to talk “walang armas-armas”  (without firearms) early… »

Zamboanga City standoff: Basilan Sulu, Tawi-tawi affected as well

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 September) –  An estimated 180 members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) loyal to founding chair Nur Misuari on September 9 initially occupied four,… »

Guns not silenced; civil society pushes for ‘humanitarian ceasefire’

 ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 14 Sept) –  No ceasefire. Day Six of the standoff between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) loyal to founding chair Nur Misuari… »

PERSONAL ESSAY: Zamboanga Dreams: Freedom from Fear

For decades, the string of communities at the center of conflagrations in Zamboanga had served as sanctuaries for families displaced by long-standing wars off the shores of the city. Now,… »

GPH, MILF resume peace talks in KL

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/10 September)—As the standoff between government forces and members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) entered its second day in Zamboanga City, the peace panels of the… »

GPH, MILF to meet for 10 days next month to finish annexes

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 25 August) – The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels on Sunday afternoon ended the four-day 19th round of talks under the three-year… »

Balindong: “Bangsamoro Basic Law has to be finished as soon as possible”

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 23 August) – House Deputy Speaker Pangalian Balindong and two other Mindanawon representatives sent here by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte to sit as observers in the GPH-MILF… »

Optimism marks resumption of GPH, MILF talks

KUALA LUMPUR  (MindaNews/22 August) – An air of optimism  marked Thursday’s  opening of the four-day talks between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  on power-sharing… »

GPH, MILF resume talks on power-sharing, normalization; observers present

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/22 August) –  The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panels resumed talks at 9:45 a.m. today (Thursday) in this Malaysian capital in the presence of  observers… »

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