Peace Process

Peace Process

NPA frees cop held captive since January 29

TALAKAG, Bukidnon (MindaNews / 27 April) -- The National Democratic Front (NDF) on Thursday released to a group of independent ceasefire monitors, a policeman...

Dureza, Bato to cops in Bangsamoro conflict areas: coordinate with ceasefire mechanisms

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 April) -- The Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on...

Q and A. Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza: “BBL will have...

Among the Cabinet members of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, his high school classmate Jesus Gestuveo Dureza is the "veteran," having served as a member...

MILF rebels demand return of handgun seized by police in Maguindanao

PARANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/24 April) – About 50 guerrillas of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) led by Datu Solaiman Dimatuntay arrived at the local police station...

Rebels attack soldiers in Aliwagwag Falls; 1 soldier injured, 2 rebels slain

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 April) -- Around 40 suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) attacked a group of soldiers deployed at...

Misuari’s temporary liberty ends April 27; MNLF working on extension

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 April) --  The six-month temporary liberty granted  by the court  to Nur Misuari, founding chair of the Moro National...

NPA frees 2 Army soldiers in Davao Sur

MATANAO, Davao del Sur (MindaNews/19 April) -- Two non-commissioned officers of the Philippine Army regained their freedom on Wednesday, after almost three months of...

Duterte to name 25 members of ConCom for Charter Change when… 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) -- President Rodrigo Duterte will name the 25 members of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) that would review the 1987 Constitution...

Duterte will certify for urgent passage only one draft Bangsamoro law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) -- President Rodrigo Duterte will call all Moro revolutionary leaders to a meeting to come up with a...

Murad: May 18 deadline to submit draft BBL to OP is from Pres. ...

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 09 April) -- The May 18 deadline to submit the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to the...

GRP, NDF agree on free land distribution under agrarian reform in CASER talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 April) – Free land distribution will be the basic principle of agrarian reform as one of the elements of the Comprehensive...

Gov’t. NDF sign interim joint ceasefire agrement

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 05 April) -- The Philippine government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) signed Wednesday an interim joint ceasefire agreement which will...

BTC sets up committees to begin crafting draft BBL

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 05 April 2017) -- The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC)  has set up six committees to begin crafting the draft Bangsamoro...

NDF: CASER first, then ceasefire, or sign both simultaneously

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 April) --  The National Democratic Front (NDF) wants the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER) signed first before the...

NPA eyed in burning of trailer truck in Makilala

UPDATED MAKILALA, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 04 April)- -- A trailer truck loaded with bananas was "intentionally burned" by suspected New People's Army (NPA) along...

NPA eyed in burning of trailer truck in Makilala

MAKILALA, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 04 April)- -- A trailer truck loaded with bananas was "intentionally burned" by suspected New People's Army (NPA) along...

Duterte renews conditions as GRP-NDF peace panels begin 4th round in The Netherlands

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 03 April) -- As government casualties mount, President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday renewed his conditions for the peace...

BTC meets April 3 to 5 to set up committees, begin work on draft...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 April) -- The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) will convene in Cotabato City on April 3-5 to adopt its internal...

NDF indicts PNoy, North Cot officials on Kidapawan dispersal; Duterte says “that’s for the...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 April) -- The National Democratic Front in Southern Mindanao indicted former President Benigno S. Aquino III, North Cotabato Gov....

CPP says ceasefire declarations should be reciprocal

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/01 April) -- The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Saturday said it did not issue a declaration of interim ceasefire...

Draft Bangsamoro law: 48 days to May 18, 115 days to the July 24...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 March) -- As it was in the Aquino administration, so it is under the Duterte administration: it is still a race...

‘War is not an option’

BALINDONG, Lanao del Sur  – Entering the camp of Moro Islamic Liberation Front leader Abdulrahman Macapaar, more popularly known as Commander Bravo, in the...

Preps for MILF decommissioning underway

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 March) – Preparations for the decommissioning of Moro Islamic Liberation Front combatants are now underway to speed up the process once...

Sans truce, expect NPA attacks even as peace process moves on — Sec. Bello

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 March) – Expect the New People’s Army to launch attacks even while the peace process is ongoing because the rebels want...

Q and A. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Jr. on passing the BBL: “Conservatively, sa...

Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, Jr. sparked a major controversy 10 days after the May 9 elections last year, when the then presumptive...

Q and A. Randolph Parcasio: “After 40 years, we are now seeing the...

"I started to be involved in Bangsamoro issues when I was a new lawyer. I was 27 years old then and now I just...

Q and A. Prof. Rufa Cagoco-Guiam: “A more inclusive world after a...

Prof. Rufa Cagoco-Guiam made history in the early 1990s as the first  -- and thus far, only -- Moro woman editor in chief of...

Q and A. Fatima Pir Allian: “Ang RSD ng Bangsamoro is very much alive”

Fatima Pir Tillah Allian loves to talk about journeys. Her journey as a Moro woman, the journey of her generation, the journey of the...

Thanks for the tractors but a political problem requires a political solution – Jaafar

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 March) -- The government (GPH) must deliver a “political solution” to end the Bangsamoro armed struggle by fully implementing...

“We will make Bangsamoro Basic Law our priority” – Alvarez

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 March) --  The House of Representatives will give priority to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) once the 21-member...

BTC skeds April 3-5 session to draft Bangsamoro law; awaits release of budget

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 March) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has been saying the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) is "about to complete" the draft...

CPP vows unilateral ceasefire before March 31; written ceasefire, says Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) --  The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said it will support the forging of a bilateral ceasefire...

Q and A with Fr. Roberto Layson: ” Peace process gyud ang solusyon dili...

Fr. Roberto "Bert" Layson of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, was parish priest of Jolo, Sulu when Bishop Benjamin de Jesus was gunned down...

Ain’t easy being an MILF fighter’s wife

KABACAN, North Cotabato – Tambay Sambutuan and Baiyan Basayan arrived in the village of Cuyapon in this municipality to seek temporary shelter from the...
Julie Bishop, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, chats with teachers from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) following a press briefing at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on Friday, 17 March 2017. The Australian government has been supporting education in the ARMM since 2002.MINDANEWS PHOTO

Australia to give A$130M for peace efforts, education in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 March) – Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Friday announced that her government is giving the Philippines some A$40 million for...

Revisiting Old Wounds: There is Hope

KAUSWAGAN, Lanao del Norte (MindaNews) – Fifty-seven-year-old Elisa Recla lived all her life in Barangay Tacub in this town. But there was a day...

Bello: peace talks to continue despite attacks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 March) – The next rounds of peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines will push through despite recent...

Bangsamoro, No; Good Governance, Yes

On the same day the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), on 27 March 2014,...

Burned bus was on its second day of plying Marbel-Tacurong-Davao route

TALUNTALUNAN, Makilala, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 13 March) -- A newly-acquired passenger bus on its second day of plying the Marbel-Tacurong-Davao route was burned...

Duterte on BBL: “I pray it would sail on still waters” in Congress

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 March) -- President Rodrigo Duterte will study the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) when the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC)...

Biz leaders welcome resumption of GRP-NDF peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 March) -- The business leaders here said they welcome the revival of the peace negotiations between the government (GRP)...

Dureza announces resumption of GRP-NDF peace talks; ceasefire restored

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 March) -- The peace process between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) is back on track,...

PNP chief urges resumption of GRP-NDF peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 March) – The government and the National Democratic Front must resume peace negotiations that have been stalled since early last month...

Backchannel talks in GRP-NDF peace process ongoing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 March) -- Backchannel talks are ongoing in Utrecht, The Netherlands  to get the peace process between government (GRP )...

Will federalism hold the Bangsamoro hostage?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) -- In his inaugural speech on 30 June 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte declared that administration “is committed to implement...

Q and A. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III: “It makes more sense to push...

On the wall of the receiving room of the office of the Senate President on the 6th floor of the Senate building in Pasay...

Classes, mountain trekking suspended in some parts of MisOr due to armed clashes

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY  (MindaNews / 04 March) -- Classes in three schools in Misamis Oriental were suspended since Monday as clashes between the...

Duterte ready to resume peace talks with NDF but …

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 March) -- Exactly a month after lifting the unilateral ceasefire he declared last year in relation to the peace process with...

Q and A. BTC Chair Ghazali Jaafar: “There can be no peace if the...

Ghazali Jaafar will not say exaclty how old he is but describes himself as having graduated from high school ahead of Al Haj Murad...

BTC to hold first session on draft Bangsamoro Basic Law next week

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 03 March) -- The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that will draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will have its first session...

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