Peace Process

Peace Process

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...

Pimentel urges BTC to work “double time” on draft Bangsamoro law

PASAY CITY (MindaNews/ 01 March) --  The expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that will draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) "should now start working"...

NPA accepts Mayor Sara Duterte’s offer to talk peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Feb) -- The New People’s Army (NPA) in Southern Mindanao has agreed to talk with Davao City mayor and...

Duterte to BTC: “navigate the hindrances and obstructions; find a way to peace”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 February) -- "Navigate the hindrances and obstructions. Hanapin ninyo ang daan hanggang patungo sa kapayapaan" (Find a way to...

Mindanao sultanates support peace efforts, federalism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 February) – Sultanates in Mindanao on Thursday declared support to the peace efforts and proposal for a shift to a federal...

NDFP-Mindanao vows to free captives

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 February) – The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)-Mindanao has vowed to release its “prisoners of war” (POWs) as a...

Dureza: “Let us all wait” for the President’s order to return to nego table

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /20 Feb)-- After calling off the peace talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF) and ordering the arrest of its consultants...

A different graduation: Children in conflict-affected areas “disengage” from MILF’s armed forces

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 19 Feb) --  It was a different "graduation" last Saturday for children under 18 who were "formally or informally associated"...

Bakwits since 2000, 2003: “We will ask the President to help us return to...

BARANGAY LAYOG, Pagalungan, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 19 Feb) -- At the height of the wars between government forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front...

CPP willing to return to nego table; vows to have 6 NPA captives freed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 19 Feb) -- The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has called on President Rodrigo Duterte to heed the clamor of...

Duterte mum on plans for peace talks with NDF

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 February) – President Rodrigo Duterte has given no hints the peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front would...

Surigao NPA declares ceasefire due to quake

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews /11 February) --  The communist guerilla front operating in Surigao del Norte and portions of Agusan del Norte has declared a...

Members of Bangsamoro Transition Commission finally named

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) --  Finally, the 21 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission that will draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)...

GPH, MILF peace panels set date for BTC launch but who will take oath?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 09 February) -- The peace implementing panels of the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Wednesday agreed on...

Q and A. Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu: Gusto namin na … paglaki nila...

Esmael "Toto" Magudadatu's rise to the governorship of Maguindanao in 2010 came with a very heavy price: 58 persons, including his wife, two sisters...

Whatever happened to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 February) --  Only five months left to July when the 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), according to the Duterte...

Police, military out to arrest NDF consultants Mapano and Cudaste

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 08 Feb) -- Police and Army teams have been deployed to arrest National Democratic Front (NDF) peace consultants Alfredo...

Gov’t ends JASIG with NDF

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/07 February) -- The Government of the Republic of the Philippines served on Tuesday to the National Democratic Front its notice of termination...

NPA couple nabbed in Ozamiz

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 06 Feb) -- An alleged bomb-making expert of the New People’s Army (NPA) and his wife were arrested by...

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