Peace Process

Peace Process

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...

NDF peace consultant arrested at military checkpoint

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 Feb) -- A consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF) peace panel was arrested by authorities along with his...

Duterte orders arrest of NDF consultants; NDF says they are protected under JASIG

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/ 05 February) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the arrest and detention of the consultants of the National Democratic...

Duterte tags Reds as “terrorist group”

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/ 05 February) --  President Rodrigo Duterte said he will no longer consider the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)...

CPP-NPA delisting as FTO  to suffer setback with Duterte tagging them as “terrorist group”

LOS ANGELES, California  (MindaNews/05 Feb) -- Efforts to have the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) delisted as a foreign terrorist organization...

Duterte suspends talks with NDF; will resume if there is a “compelling reason”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 February) -- President Rodrigo Duterte onf Saturday night announced that he is "not ready to resume" peace talks with...

Fight and talk: GRP-NDF to meet on bilateral ceasefire on Feb. 22 to 27

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 February) -- Despite the termination of their respective unilateral ceasefire declarations,  the government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) peace...

Duterte’s lifting of unilateral ceasefire: the second since July 30

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews /04 February) – President Rodrigo Duterte's lifting of the unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels effective Friday night was the second since he...

Duterte ends unilateral ceasefire with NPA

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/03 February) -- President Rodrigo Duterte announced Friday the government was lifting its unilateral ceasefire with the New People’s Army and that...

Military hits NPA for attacks in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 January) -- The New People’s Army has continued to carry out attacks, abductions and killings in Caraga and Davao Regions despite...

Armed men abduct soldier in Surigao Norte town

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 January) -- A soldier belonging to the 30th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army was abducted by armed men...

2 years after Mamasapano Tragedy, hope springs eternal for Tukanalipao residents  

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/25 January) --  The wooden footbridge that became a symbol of the fragility of peace in the aftermath of the Mamasapano Tragedy...

Rebel slain in Army-NPA clash in Makilala

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/23 Jan) -- A member of the New People's  Army (NPA) was killed in a clash with government troops in a remote...

Soldier-peacebuilder is new Westmincom chief

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) -- A bemedalled soldier who is active in  peace-building activities in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao is the new...

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