PEACETALK: Cardinal Quevedo’s Notes on Senate Report on Mamasapano

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) — The larger portion of the report deals with the allocation of responsibility to the Special Action Force (SAF), the military, and the President. It has… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Future of BBL (6): The Plebiscite for enacting the BBL

Last of a six-part series *This six part series is based on an article I wrote with Atty. Janice Lee entitled “The Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law: Overcoming Constitutional Challenges” which… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Future of the BBL (5): Strengthening the BBL provisions on indigenous peoples  

5th of a six-part series *This six part series is based on an article I wrote with Atty. Janice Lee entitled “The Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law: Overcoming Constitutional Challenges” which… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: The Future of the BBL (1) : Addressing Legal Issues

1st of a six-part series CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MIndaNews/10 March) — This six part series is based on an article I wrote with Atty. Janice Lee entitled “The Draft… »

PRESS RELEASE: Palarong ARMAA 2015: Going beyond sports by winning the peace

“Nandito ako para makilala ang ibang lugar, makita yung mga tao mula sa ibang lugar dito sa ARMM. ‘Pag may activity, pumupunta talaga ako. Curious lang.” Leomila Benjamin is sitting… »

Unit endorses P863-M investments in ARMM

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/8 February)—Two big-ticket projects worth P863.05 million were endorsed to operate in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Lawyer Ishak Mastura, head of the ARMM’s Regional Board… »

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: UN Envoys and Ateneo Legal advocates Decry Tribal Chiefs killing and worsening situation for IPs in the Bangsamoro Peace Process

1st of 2 parts DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Feb) – “The Promising Future of the Teduray and Lambangian is up in the air,” lamented Victoria “Vicky” Tauli-Corpuz, the United… »

PhilHealth to expand coverage to 11,000 more households in conflict areas

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 Jan) – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will expand to 11,000 households this year the coverage of its health insurance program for residents… »

Tapatan sa ARMM

ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman, during the first “Tapatan sa ARMM” for the year held Wednesday (21 Jan 2015), tackles issues of the region’s Department of Education, including investigation of the… »

Hataman calls for probe on burning, closure of schools in Marawi

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman has called an investigation on the reported burning and closure of schools in Marawi City,… »

ARMM launches program for better basic services, governance

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/17 January) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao launched Thursday a World Bank-patterned program that aims to address problems in reproductive health, basic services and governance. Dubbed… »

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… »

ARMM to set up 24/7 emergency ops center

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Jan) – If Metro Manila has MMDA and Davao City has Call 911, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will be having the ARMM-HEART emergency… »

Treevolution

Col. Arnel Dela Vega, commanding officer of the Army’s 603rd Infantry Brigade, joins a “Treevolution” event in this file photo taken 5 December 2014. MindaNews photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera |… »

Environment group in ARMM wants to plant 700,000 trees

BARIRA, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 8 Jan) – After decade of promoting environmental protection, the Balik Kalikasan Advocacy Group (BKAG), an organization of environmentalists, vows to plant 700,000 trees in 2015.… »

YEARENDER: Investor confidence growing for Bangsamoro region

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/30 December)–Investor confidence in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which will be replaced by the Bangsamoro government “early next year,” has never been as bullish as… »

Yakan Wedding

A real traditional Yakan wedding takes place at the mock Basilan cultural village inside the ARMM compound on Thursday (18 Dec 2014). Both bride and groom wore face paints and… »

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… »

MOA-AD foes on the BBL: Unconstitutional

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/29 November) – They have spoken. Three politicians who led the opposition to the botched Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain or MOA-AD have made known their stand… »

Tausug ‘Village’

Members of the Tausug tribe prepare a maligay used during reenactment of a pagtammat, the celebration marking the culmination of the study of the Holy Qur’an, in one of the… »

Traditional Weaving

Yakan women weave traditional garments with intricate patterns at the Basilan Tribal Village inside the ARMM compound on Wednesday (26 Nov 2014). Putting up the mock villages is part of… »

Kite for Peace

Kites fly above the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Complex in Cotabato City Tuesday (25 Nov 2014). The celebration is part of the ARMM’s commemoration of its 25th anniversary… »

Thousands join ‘Kite for Peace’ in ARMM

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Nov) – Thousands of school children, teachers, government employees and security forces joined the simultaneous “Kite for Peace” Tuesday that aimed to amplify a united… »

ARMM marks 25th anniversary; its ‘last,’ says Hataman

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 19 November) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is resigned to the fact that it will no longer go beyond 25 years, which it… »

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… »

Goldberg reiterates US support to Mindanao peace process

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 November)– United States (US) Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg reiterated his government’s full support to the continuing peace process and the creation of the proposed… »

Lawmaker says BBL should ensure welfare of ARMM employees

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 November) – The Bangsamoro Basic Law should ensure that thousands of employees of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will not be displaced once the Bangsamoro… »

House Committee on Bangsamoro goes to island provinces  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 Nov) — The 75-member House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) will conduct public hearings in the island provinces of… »

COMMENT: BBL: More Transition Issues

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 October) – This is a sequel of “BBL: Transition Makes or Breaks” (COMMENT: MindaNews, October 26, 2014). In that, we quoted and discussed Sections… »

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 (INQUIRER.net,… »

COMMENT: FPA and BBL

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)… »

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