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… »

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… »

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