Q and A with MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim: “The struggle will not end”

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/30 August) – While Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim was discussing scenarios on the peace process late afternoon of August… »

Rufus’ Sept. 15 target to pass BBL: only 8 session days left

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 August) – There are only eight session days left from Monday, August 31 until September 15, the target date for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law… »

Pass the BBL now or pass on to next administration?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Aug) — Congress is rushing the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) with only 15 session days left from August 24 until the national budget debate… »

Rufus says BBL passed by Sept. 15

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 August) – Only 15 session days are left to tackle the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) until the national budget deliberations go to the plenary… »

Strong collaboration among cable operators needed to boost Mindanao’s Internet speed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Aug) – A strong collaboration among the cable operators in the Philippines will be necessary to fully maximize the additional one-terabyte bandwidth as a result… »

Only 18 session days left for BBL before Congress starts plenary debates on budget

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 August) – As it is holding only three session days per week, Congress has only 18 session days left from August 17 for the interpellation,… »

ARMM hosts festival of traditional Moro food

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/10 August) – Traditional food and delicacies that distinguish the tribal groups in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao were featured in a festival here over the weekend.… »

MILF’s Murad: if no BBL under PNoy, next administration

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews /08 August) – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is still looking forward to the commitment of President Aquino to push for the passage… »

Road project to shorten travel time from Marawi to Cagayan de Oro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 August) — Travel time from Marawi City to Cagayan de Oro City will soon be shortened from 3.5 hours to 1.5 hours with the concreting of the… »

2 Maguindanao towns still flooded

DATU SALIBO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 08 August) — Close to 12,000 individuals were affected by floods in nine Maguindanao towns as a result of torrential rains brought about by Inter-Tropical… »

Only 39 session days left for BBL before Congress goes on recess

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /05 August) — Can Congress still pass a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that is “mutually acceptable” to the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that… »

MIND DA NEWS: BBL ‘Binobola’ Lang

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 02 August) — In Tagalog (Pilipino) and other Philippine dialects “bola”, adopted from Spanish, means “ball”. The verb form “binobola” has two meanings — literally,… »

ARMM holds successful quake, tsunami drill in Maguindanao

KUSIONG, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 31 July) – Fifty-year-old Norhaiya Untong was only in second grade in this place when she was awakened by the catastrophic 7.9-magnitude earthquake… »

Civil society supports BTC reso; says HB 5811’s autonomy is “weaker than ARMM”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – Representatives from civil society on Thursday expressed support for the resolution passed by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) rejecting HB 5811, saying the House of… »

BTC rejects HB 5811; urges Congress to pass BBL “in its original form”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that crafted the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has virtually rejected the substitute bill of the House of Representatives as… »

House resumes BBL interpellation on Aug. 4; still no substitute bill at the Senate

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) – The House of Representatives will resume the interpellation period for House Bill 5811, the substitute bill to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Tuesday,… »

BBL in PNoy’s SONA: 3 minutes out of 130-minute speech

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) –   One paragraph, the rest video materials, for a total of three minutes on what is supposed to be an “urgent” bill — the Bangsamoro Basic… »

PNoy’s challenge to BBL critics: propose a better soltution

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 27 July) — President Benigno S. Aquino III only had a few words to say about the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but he snapped back at those… »

Youth outside ARMM urged to “know the history of the Bangsamoro”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 July) – The Executive Secretary of the Autonmous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) urges young people from outside the region to “know the history of the Bangsamoro,… »

ARMM proposes P45-B 2016 budget

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/25 July) — The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has proposed a budget of P45 billion for next year, 60 percent of which will be allotted for… »

El Gamma Penumbra performs for peace, environment in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) – Asia’s Got Talent winner El Gamma Penumbra held everyone in awe with its show on Monday that relayed the message of environmental protection and peace… »

Hataman’s convoy escapes Basilan roadside bombing

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – The convoy of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman was luckily spared from a roadside bombing in Basilan early Wednesday… »

El Gamma Penumbra to perform peace and environment play in ARMM

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – Cotabatenios and the Bangsamoro people have something to be excited next week as the Philippines’ pride, El Gamma Penumbra, the Asia’s Got Talent grand… »

“Ramadhan Village” showcases Moro culture, food

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 July) – Visitors to the Ramadhan Village inside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) compound here have had their fill of cultural presentations and a taste… »

Bishops want a Bangsamoro Basic Law “rooted in social justice and promotes social justice”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – The country’s Catholic bishops adopted during its recent plenary assembly the Mindanao Catholic Bishops’ statement on the peace process and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)… »

COMMENTARY: In the War of Attrition on the BBL, Key is Making Moro Autonomy Work

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) – The acrimonious debate on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is focused on its legality and constitutionality. Critics of the BBL are keeping… »

Festive Ramadan Night

Tausug dancers present Pangalay, one of the attractions at the “ARMM Village” in Cotabato City which showcases culture in the region to make Ramadan nights festive and colorful (June 20,… »

Delayed BBL passage = delayed decommissioning of MILF firearms, combatants

SIMUAY, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 17 June) – The continued delay in the passage of the proposed Bangsamro Basic Law (BBL) is affecting the timetable not only of the… »

Marcos says “large parts” of original BBL will be in the substitute bill

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) – The chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government said they are not throwing away the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as he is certain that… »

ARMM Local Gov’t Secretary urges passage of BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 June) – The Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DILG-ARMM) has urged the Philippine Councilors League and… »

BBL interpellations suspended until after SONA; only 8 of 38 Reps finished

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – The House of Representatives suspended interpellations on the substitute bill to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday before adjourning sine… »

ARMM wants ISO accreditation for Bangsamoro region

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – Taken aback when described as “musmos” or “sanggol” (infant) in a recent congressional hearing on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that centered… »

Framing Autonomy: Issues and Concerns on the changes in the economic provisions of the original BBL draft as approved by the Ad Hoc Committee

Atty. Ishak V. Mastura, LL.M. Bangsamoro Study Group [Powerpoint presentation of Atty. Ishak V. Mastura, LL.M., co-convenor of the Bangsamoro Study Group at the Experts’ Forum on Autonomy Framework in… »

Autonomy framework in the House Ad Hoc Committee’s BBL: a critical analysis

Atty. Naguib G. Sinarimbo Bangsamoro Study Group [Powerpoint presentation of Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo, co-convenor of the Bangsamoro Study Group, at the Experts’ Forum on Autonomy Framework in the House Ad… »

House Committee’s “Bangsamoro” is “less than ARMM”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May) – The House of Representatives will meet in plenary on Monday, June 1 until Congress adjourns sine die on June 11, to deliberate and vote on… »

Hasten action on BBL, Hataman asks Senate

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 May) – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman has asked the Senate to follow the example of the House of… »

MNLF, ARMM legislators will be in Bangsamoro Transition Authority

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 24 May) — If the provision in the House Committee-approved Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on the composition of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) is adopted by… »

PEACETALK: Achieving comprehensive Peace with BBL Part 2: How to arrive at decisions given the Whole-of-Government negotiation formula?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 24 May) — A larger question before Congress about the Bangsamoro is how members as “policymaker” (rather than that suggested by the nomenclature “lawmaker”) should decide on… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Man of the hour

  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) — In MindaNews, there is a nice, poignant picture of my friend and cousin Rufus Rodriguez, congressional representative of my home city Cagayan de… »

PEACETALK: Inclusive Peace includes the IPs

(Sponsorship Speech of Rep. Nancy Catamco on proposed amendments that impact on the Rights of the Non-Moro Indigenous in the Bangsamoro Basic Law, delivered at the meeting of the Ad… »

PEACETALK: Achieving Comprehensive Peace with BBL: Why Lawmakers are confused about the Whole-of-Government negotiation formula? (Part I)

Lawmakers and policymakers before the start of the sponsorship for the Draft BBL could debate the central question that begs interpretative reservations about the Framework of Bangsamoro Agreement (FAB) and… »

PEACETALK: Strength, but not without Shame

[A Reflection on Our Trustworthiness vis-à-vis Muslim Filipinos] DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 May) — In presenting the report of the Peace Council on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to both the… »

COMMENT: BBL: Citizens’ Peace Council Tells Congress (2)

II. More on the Police GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 May) — This piece is a continuation of two BBL comments – one, “On Deleted Provisions”, and the other, “Citizens’ Peace… »

Wearing it Proud

While most of the athletes bear their names or region on the back of their jerseys, these football players from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Region had their jerseys… »

16th Congress can make history as “legislators-peacemakers

  QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/06 May) – Members of the 16th Congress can make history before they step down on June 30, 2016 by “unlocking the door to a just peace”… »

House leaders to peace advocates: BBL won’t be less than ARMM

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/06 May) – The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that Congress will pass will not be less than the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) that it seeks to… »

CHR, LGU probe Wao killings as hundreds flee homes

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 29 Apr) – More than a thousand persons fled their homes in Barangay Park Area in Wao, Lanao del Sur following the reported killings of six… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Peace “piece by piece’?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 April) — AMEND ARMM LAW — I read similar positions of two (2) eminent persons who are proposing that in lieu of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the… »

Tukanalipao HS grads get P5000 each from regional gov’t

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/31 March) – Graduates of a public high school in this town received an unexpected cash bonus of P5,000 each from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)… »

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… »

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