COMMENT: BBL: Issues on Territory

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 October)–Concerns were raised on the annexation to Bangsamoro of 39 barangays of North Cotabato during a Senate committee hearing in Cotabato City last October 8 (,… »


GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 Sept) — Last Monday, while surfing the net for the latest on the Bangsamoro Basic Law bill now in the Congress, we netted an Inquirer Mindanao… »

PEACETALK: Dividends of Peace

(Amina Rasul, President of the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy delivered this opening statement at the Media Roundtable on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, Faber Hall, Ateneo de Manila University,… »

Imagining the future Bangsamoro through the draft Basic Law  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 September 2014) — Among the country’s 17 regions, the future Bangsamoro, targeted to be set up by June 30, 2016, will be distinct from all the rest… »

Q and A with MILF-BTC’s Mohagher Iqbal “We have exerted everything possible and that’s what we got out of the process”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Sept) — Mohagher Iqbal, information chief of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has been chief negotiator of its peace panel since July 29, 2003 but had… »

ARMM business sector lauds BBL submission

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/10 September) –The business sector in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) welcomed the submission by President Benigno S. Aquino III of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law finally submitted to Congress

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 Sept) – The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is finally in Congress. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles and Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) chair Mohagher… »

Tunggol Bridge in Maguindanao in danger of collapsing

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 04 September) – A disaster waiting to happen. Tunggol Bridge in Barangay Tunggol, Datu Montawal town in Maguindanao is in danger of collapsing as the series of… »

Q and A with MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim: “We will try to work out every effort to make armed struggle the last option”  

Al Haj Murad Ebrahim was looking forward to his trip to Hiroshima, Japan on the third week of June not only because he was going to address the 6th Consolidation… »

Murad to Lumads: “We will not repeat the situation where a majority will oppress the minority”

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 26 August) – The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is assuring Lumads (Indigenous Peoples /IPs) in the proposed Bangsamoro that they… »

Maguindanao police chief among Metrobank’s outstanding police officers for 2014

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Aug) – Not everything coming from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is bad news, especially when talking about its police force. For the… »

GPH, MILF: draft Bangsamoro Basic Law done by Aug. 18 “In sha Allah”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 10 August) – The peace panels of the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front ended their 10-day “workshop” here Sunday without completing, again, like in the three… »

Where to after 10-day “workshop” on draft Bangsamoro Basic Law?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 August) — The Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels have addressed more than half of the issues that need to… »

ARMM to hasten infra projects

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/31 July) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is accelerating the implementation of infrastructure projects to ensure its completion within the year or by the first… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Democracy needs intensive care in Mindanao, especially the ARMM

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) — Earlier on, in a public meeting in Zamboanga City where the crowd booed the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) contingent, it’s lead speaker… »

Pilgrims to Mecca warned vs MERS-CoV

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 July) — The Health department of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has advised all Muslims to consider postponing plans of going on a pilgrimage in Mecca… »

Bangsamoro in transition (4): Capacity building, capacity mobilization

Last of four parts: Capacity building, capacity mobilization DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 July) – On September 9, 1996, exactly a week after the Philippine government and the Moro National… »

ARMM eyes special economic zone in Tawi-Tawi

COTABATO CITY(MindaNews/05 July)—The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) regional government is eyeing the establishment of a special economic zone in Tawi-Tawi province to further bolster trade and tourism exchanges… »

Bangsamoro in transition (3): Transitions within the transition

3rd of a series: Transitions within the transition DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 July) – When the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) presented its draft peace agreement to the Aquino administration in… »

Bangsamoro in transition (2): Too much to do, too little time

2nd of a series: Too much to do, too little time DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 July) — When President Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA)… »

PEACETALK: Challenges (and Hopes) in the Post CAB Bangsamoro: From the third eye

(Delivered at The Consolidation for Peace for Mindanao seminar-workshop in Hiroshima, Japan on June 23). The Agreement and Bottlenecks The Bangsamoro is a work in progress. But the Signing of… »

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: Biryani Nights with Global Muslim Social Activists and Leaders

From the Singapore zoo to the seas of Mindanao, I am back in my family’s arms, at a beach in Linamon, Lanao del Norte, after 14 days of seeing rare species of… »

ARMM set to build fishery research center in Tawi-tawi

BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi (MindaNews / 19 June) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is putting up a Regional Fisheries Integrated Research and Development Center (RFIRDC) in this province. ARMM… »

All set for 1st ARMM Int’l Biz Confab

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 16 June) – Everything is set for the two-day First Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) International Business Conference in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, an ARMM official announced.… »

ARMM sets new record: P2.5B investments; biomass energy projects top list  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 June) — The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has set a new record in 24 years with P2.5 billion investments registered in the first… »

MILF, MNLF meet in Jeddah; vow to activate Bangsamoro Coordination Forum

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — Leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the different factions of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) including Nur Misuari’s group, met in… »

Peace pact signing lures more investments into Bangsamoro area  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) — The Regional Board of Investments of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RBOI-ARMM) has posted a total of P1.621 billion investments in the first five months… »

Cardinal Quevedo to Lumads: “sorry”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/09 June) — Mindanao’s first Cardinal, Orlando Quevedo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato, has apologized to the Lumads (indigenous peoples) for their under-representation at the International Conference of… »

Cardinal Quevedo certain Cotabato City will vote yes to Bangsamoro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 08 June) – The future Bangsamoro has an early campaigner: Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato, Mindanao’s first Cardinal. Quevedo told an international conference here… »

PEACETALK: To the indigenous eye, the forest is the resource

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 June) — If we were to put a monetary value to each fully grown tree, which can absorb 50,000 gallons of water every rainfall; shed tons of… »

ARMM to hold 1st international bizcon in Tawi-tawi

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 4 June) – The Department of Trade and Industry in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DTI-ARMM) is holding this month a two-day business conference in… »

3,600 more households in Region 12, ARMM included in 4Ps program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 June) – Around 3,600 more poor households in Region 12 and parts of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) were enlisted in the… »

A month later, draft B’moro Basic Law still under review by PNoy’s office

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 May) — One month. The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to the Office of the President (OP) on… »

Kulintang Lessons

Young Maguindanao students get lessons on playing the kulintang during the Summer Cultural Workshop organized by the Bureau of Cultural Heritage (BCH) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao on… »

BALINTATAW: Not blind and uninformed advocacy and support

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 04 May) — Many are asking about my position about the CAB (Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro), BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) and the Bangsamoro. To begin… »

Farming in ARMM goes high-tech with mobile app

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 April) – A management tool for farmers using mobile apps is being eyed for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to boost yield and income. Department… »

Etihad passenger from GenSan tests negative of MERS-CoV

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 April) — One of the passengers from Region 12 of Etihad Airlines flight EY 0424 that arrived in Manila last April 15 with a person who… »

PEACETALK: Learning a lesson from the LGC and the ARMM

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 23 April) — The current administration of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has given its full support behind the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: MILF Peace Pact: What if….?

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — There are many questions that since have arisen after the signing of the comprehensive agreement for the Bangsamoro (CAB). Most of them are questions… »

PEACETALK: Many and Differing Narratives… towards a Shared Vision and Shared Future?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/13 April) — Whenever we speak of peacebuilding in Mindanao, we need to be reminded that there are several narratives both from within and without of the diverse… »

The birds have returned to Barira

CAMP IRANUN, Barira, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 April) – Birds have returned to Barangay Nabalawag in Barira, Maguindanao years after the community and other stakeholders embarked on a tree planting program, village… »

COMMENT: Impact Overrated

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – Last April 1, Philippine Daily Inquirer posted online its editorial “Mindanao’s promise”. It is a pitch for the Government-Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

CAB signing start of much more challenges – Hataman

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 27 March) – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman hailed Thursday the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the government and the… »

Daily flights to Cotabato to resume soon

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 March) — After three months of only-four-days-a-week flights, daily flights to and from Cotabato airport will resume soon, Ishak Mastura, chair of the Regional Board of Investments… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: To be instruments of peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – On Thursday, 27 March, one prays to the God of many names that a gentle wind blows across the thousand islands of our ancestral… »

MinDA, DOTC attend Monday meeting on Cotabato airport problem

COTABATO CITY  (MindaNews/23 March) –  Officials from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC)  are meeting Monday morning with local officials and the business sector here… »

Lumads back Bangsamoro creation but…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 March)— Lumad or indigenous peoples leaders in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have expressed support to the creation of the Bangsamoro region, but are worried… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Can a conversation contribute to peacemaking?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 3 March) – I have likened the imminent signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) as a “shotgun wedding,” doing so somewhat… »

GPH-MILF talks trigger surge in ARMM investments–exec

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 February)—Investments registered in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) breached the P1 billion mark barely two months into 2014, with the growing investors’ confidence attributed to… »

Hataman hopes Bangsamoro gov’t will hold summit, too

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 February) –- Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) paused as he groped for the right words to say in what sounded like… »

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