Peace Process

Peace Process

NDFP-Southern Mindanao calls localized peace talks a “surrender package”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 July) – The National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Southern Mindanao Region (NDFP-SMR) has rejected the localized peace talks now...

CPP: “‘No’ is a no” to localized peace talks 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 July) --The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) expressed confidence that all New People’s Army (NPA) units on the...

MILF chair on bicam version of Bangsamoro law: “80 to 90% CAB-compliant”

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) -- The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said they will hold consultations with the Bangsamoro...

The Bangsamoro law: not fully CAB-compliant but “it’s ARMM plus definitely”

QUEZON CITY  (MindaNews / 14 July) -- It may not fully comply with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the peace agreement signed...

What makes the new Bangsamoro political entity “more than ARMM”?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) -- Flashing the peace sign shortly after suspending the Day 3 session at 10:50 p.m. on Wednesday with...

Palace to issue EO on localized peace talks with Reds

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 July) – Malacañang will issue an executive order setting the guidelines for the localized peace talks that local government units may...

New Bangsamoro political entity: from ARMM to BARMM; from BBL to OLBARMM

ORTIGAS (MindaNews / 10 July) -- From ARMM to BARMM. The new autonomous political entity that will replace the 28-year old Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao...

Bangsamoro civil society groups gather at EDSA to push for CAB-compliant BBL

ORTIGAS (MindaNews / 10 July) -- An interfaith gathering  dubbed  “Pagtitipon sa EDSA para sa Bangsamoro” will be held Wednesday morning at the EDSA...

For Mayor Sara, Peace 911 instead of localized peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 July) -- Mayor Sara Duterte will focus on extending development programs in insurgency-affected areas of the city than pursue...

Bangsamoro Basic Law: BTC, Senate and House versions

On July 9 to 13,  the Bicameral Conference Committee (bicam) composed of 18 members from the House of Representatives and 10 from the Senate...

Senate Bill 1717. Basic Law for the Autonomous Region of the Bangsamoro

Source: senate.gov.ph Approved on 30 May 2018: 21 yes DOWNLOAD SB 1717 as approved on third and final reading  Text of approved bill: Legislative History Entitled: AN ACT PROVIDING...

House Bill 6475. Basic Law for the Autonomous Region in the Bangsamoro

Source: congress.gov.ph Approved on 30 May 2018: 227 voted yes, 11 no, 2 abstained. DOWNLOAD HB 6475 as approved on third and final reading  Text of approved...

Bangsamoro Basic Law ( BTC-drafted)

Source: Bangsamoro Transition Commission  Text of the Bangsamoro Basic Law drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on 17...

Maj. Carlos Sol: soldier of peace passes away

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews  / 01 July 2018) --  Major Carlos Sol, Director of the combined secretariat of the government panel's ceasefire mechanisms in the...

Less-than-ARMM Bangsamoro is bad for business, “leads to very uncertain future”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) -- Uncertainty is bad for business and the business sector in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM),...

The June 19, 1971 Manili Massacre : “All I can remember is that the...

(This piece by Ms Aveen Acuna-Gulo was published by MindaNews as a four-part series on June 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2003  commemorate the...

Palace insists on holding peace talks with NDFP in PH

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) – Malacanang said peace talks between government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) must...

Military drive vs NPA behind cancellation of talks – CPP

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) – President Duterte cancelled the scheduled resumption of peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines...

Duterte to MILF: what cannot be included in the BBL, add them via federalism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) -- Reiterating his camapign for federalism, President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday night urged leaders of the Moro Islamic...

Dureza: June 28 resumption of peace talks with NDF reset

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) -- The supposed resumption of the fifth round of formal peace talks between government (GRP) and National Democratic...

BBL’s post-ratification scenario: BTC to serve as caretaker of Bangsamoro region

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) -- While the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) versions of the Senate and House of Representatives have been described...

Q&A with MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim: “Our people will also judge us”

Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) recalls having been surprised to see leaders of the Senate and the...

Murad: MILF asked former MILF members in Maute Group to leave Marawi

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) --  In the early days of the Marawi Siege in May last year, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front...

Cardinal Quevedo optimistic Duterte won’t renege on vow to Bangsamoro and Congress’ final BBL...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) -- Mindanao's lone Cardinal is optimistic that President Rodrigo Duterte wont' renege on his commitment to the Bangsamoro...

Murad says BBL versions passed are “very diluted” but hopes to regain what they...

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (08 June) -- The chair of the Moro Islamic LIberation Front (MILF) has acknowledged that the versions of the...

Matalam 9: encounter or massacre? illegal drugs or land conflict?

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews / 07 June) --  An encounter or a massacre? Illegal drugs or land conflict? The chairs of the ceasefire committee of the...

28 legislators to craft final Bangsamoro law: 14 from Mindanao, 7 of them Moro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 June) -- Twenty-eight legislators will form the Bicameral Conference Committee that will craft the final version of the Bangsamoro...

On passage of BBL: no celebration but caution as MILF’s Murad says “struggle is...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 May) -- The two houses of Congress passed on Wednesday afternoon and in the early hours of Thursday their...

BBL passed by May 30, Duterte to sign it into law July 23, but...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 May) -- The two houses of Congress will pass their respective versions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before...

Peace talks with NDFP ‘back on track’ – Dureza

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 April) – Peace negotiations between government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) will resume sooner...

Bangsamoro Basic Law update: It’s back to BTC version

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 April) -- The three committees handling the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law in the House of Representatives on Monday approved...

House Committees vote on BBL amendments but can plenary pass law before June 1?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 April) -- The House Committees on Local Government, Muslim Affairs, and Peace, Reconciliation and Unity, are meeting this week...

Bangsamoro law passed by May 2018, Congress leaders assure Duterte, MILF

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 April) -- Leaders of the two houses of Congress on Wednesday afternoon assured President Rodrigo Duterte and the Moro...

‘Substantive issues’ can only be tackled in peace talks – Joma

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 April) – The resumption of peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front will enable both parties...

Duterte on GRP-NDF peace talks: “Let’s give this another last chance”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 April) --  President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday directed the government peace panel to work on the resumption of the...

Cooperation of House, Senate needed for resumption of GRP-NDFP peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 March) – The cooperation of the Senate and House of Representatives is necessary for the resumption of peace talks...

62 House Reps urge Duterte to resume peace talks with NDF

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 March) -- Sixty-two members of different party-list groups and district representatives in the House of Representatives have signed a...

Nur Misuari to rest after 50 years of leading MNLF if…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 March) --  Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari wants to relinquish his post to the second...

Ateneo Presidents push for immediate passage of BTC-drafted Bangsamoro law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 March) -- The Presidents of the five Jesuit-run Ateneo universities in Mindanao, Manila and Naga are calling for the...

MILF chair Murad: Senate’s proposed Bangsamoro is “generally acceptable”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 March) -- The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Monday said Senate Bill 1717, the substitute...

Moro CSO leaders acknowledge possibility of  ‘watered down’ BBL but…

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 22 Feb) -- Leaders of Bangsamoro civil society organizations acknowledge the possibility of a "watered down" version of the Bangsamoro...

Failed BBL, failed Marawi rehab will push more people into violent extremism — Moro...

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 22 February) -- Leaders of Bangsamoro civil society organizations in Mindanao called on Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law...

But what kind of Bangsamoro Basic Law will be passed before March 23?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 18 February) -- The two houses of Congress have given assurances they will pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before...

House sets BBL public hearings on Feb. 8 to March 9 in 11 Mindanao...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 February) -- The House Committees on Local Government, Muslim Affairs and Peace, Reconciliation and Unity will be conducting public...

Senators push for Bangsamoro law to “prevent another Marawi from happening”

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 27 January) -- After seeing the destruction of this city, talking to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) leadership and...

Duterte to troops: “Destroy the NPA”

MAWAB, Compostela Valley (MindaNews / 22 January) -- "Destroy the NPA" (New People's Army), destroy the organization," President Rodrigo Duterte, commander in chief of...

Duterte welcomes surrender of NDF spokesperson and NPA medic wife

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 January) -- President Rodrigo Duterte may not remember this but the spokesperson of the National Democratic Front (NDF) Far...

Cardinal Quevedo warns of red herrings in passage of BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 January) -- Mindanao's lone Cardinal on Friday warned of red herrings as Congress deliberates on passing the Bangsamoro Basic...

Bangsamoro in federal system: not template but more of exception

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) --  The future Bangsamoro state cannot be the template when the country shifts to a federal system of...

Dureza says Duterte “ready to carve out area for Bangsamoro self rule” via EO

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated he would push for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)...

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