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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)...

BBL versions: House and Senate

HB 092. Filed on 30 June 2016 by Rep. Bai Sandra Sema of Maguindanao, Deputy Speaker for Mindanao HB 6121. Filed on 03 August 2017...

Sison welcomes Duterte’s ‘one-on-one talk’ offer; Dureza says “let’s wait”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /15 January) -- Prof. Jose Ma. SIson, chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF) and founding chair of the...

BBL will be passed ahead of shift to federalism – Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 January) --  The law creating the Bangsamoro, the new autonomous political entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in...

Duterte on resuming talks with NDF: he and Sison should talk  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 January) -- President Rodrigo Duterte last month called off peace talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF), declared the...

OPAPP, Duyog Marawi share Christmas joy with Marawi bakwits

ILIGAN CITY (OPAPP) – In celebration of the season of hope, love and peace, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process...

Lao to business firms: stop paying ‘revolutionary taxes’ or delay peace in Mindanao  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Dec) -- The chair of the Mindanao Business Council (MinBC) has urged the business sector to stop paying "revolutionary...

Duterte at Bangsamoro Assembly: what’s the special session of Congress for?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 November) -- At the 1st Bangsamoro Assembly in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao last Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his campaign...

Gov’t to resume peace talks with Reds if…

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 November) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte might decide to resume talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF) if the latter would...

New target for passing Bangsamoro law: March 2018  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 November) -- With only nine session days left from November 27 until the two houses of Congress go on...

“Discreet” 5th round of GRP-NDF talks canceled after Duterte junks peace negotiation

DAVAO CITY – The peace negotiation between government (GRP) and National Democratic Front (NDF) again suffered a major setback with the cancellation of the...

Duterte to issue proclamation tagging NPA as “terrorists”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Nov) -- President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated on Saturday he will not go back to the negotiating table with the...

Bangsamoro Asssembly postponed to “third week of November”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Oct) -- The Bangsamoro Assembly scheduled November 3 and 4 in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao has been reset to "third...

From rido to riches: Buldon town transitions from conflict zone to investment zone

BULDON, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 29 October) -- In 1998, a young man walked across the pitch-black night with nothing in sight but the flicker...

Committee for localized peace talks with NPA to meet on Oct.24

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 October) – Members of the Davao City Peace Committee, a body created by City Mayor Sara Duterte to hold localized peace talks with the...

Duterte “resurrects” Salamat Hashim; warns “fighting everywhere in Mindanao” if…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 October) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday erroneously "resurrected" Salamat Hashim, founding chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front...

Gov’t peace panel launches CARHRIHL monitoring committee

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 September) – The government (GRP) peace negotiating panel on Friday launched the body that will monitor compliance with an agreement that seeks to protect the rights of...

Draft BBL as “urgent bill”: only nine session days left before recess

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Sept) -- The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will finally be certified by the President as an "urgent" bill...

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law still in limbo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Sept) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday met with Congress leaders and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the joint...

Duterte to biz sector: “There will be no peace in Mindanao for the longest...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 Sept) -- As the Marawi Crisis and martial law-in-Mindanao entered Day 110 on Saturday, the country's first Mindanawon President...

Duterte sets Sept. 14 meeting with BTC and Congress leaders on Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 Sept) -- President Rodrigo Duterte met with leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  in Malacanang on Monday,...

While on temporary liberty from rebellion charges, Nur faces arrest for graft

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 06 Sept) -- Charged with rebellion and violation of international humanitarian law in 2013 but granted temporary liberty since October last...

34-member panel of Lumad elders, leaders to meet with BTC  on BBL provisions

DAVAO CITY – A 34-member panel comprising Lumad (Indigenous Peoples) elders and leaders will engage the 20-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in a roundtable...

Is the BBL dead? proposed Bangsamoro law not among 28 priority bills

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 30 August) -- Not a priority, just an afterthought. The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), supposedly a priority measure that should be...

Draft BBL in Congress; awaits authors for filing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 August) -- The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) finally reached Congress last week, a month after it was submitted...

At last, draft BBL transmitted to Senate, but no certificate of urgency

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 August) -- The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte...

Delay in passage of BBL expected as draft Bangsamoro law has yet to reach...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /15 August) -- Delay in the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is to be expected as the draft law,...

Ex-lawmaker optimistic on GRP-NDF peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 August) – Hopes for peace remain alive because President Rodrigo R. Duterte is “not the type of a person who immediately closes his...

Where is the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 August)  -- Seventeen days after it was submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte in the presence of  the Senate President...

Duterte’s SONA makes no call on immediate passage of Bangsamoro law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 July) --  Peace groups and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) expected President Rodrigo Duterte to call on Congress to immediately...

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