Drilon says BBL still a “top priority’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 November) – The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is still a “top priority,” Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said as he gave assurance… »

Security forces in Cotabato prepare for 2016 polls

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 November) – Military and police forces have stepped up efforts to address rising cases of violence in Cotabato City and neighboring areas in preparation for next year’s… »

Ferrer on BBL passage: not much time but “we’re still hoping”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 November) – “It’s not over until its over,” the chair of the government (GPH) peace panel in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said… »

Dec. 16 deadline might pass with no BBL passed but Deles says “we’re not giving up”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 Nov) – The December 16 deadline set by the leadership of the House of Representatives and Senate to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will likely pass… »

ARMM offers rubber investors tax-free incentives under regions’ economic zone

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Nov) – As hundreds of investors, farmers and other stakeholders in the rubber industry gathered here for the 2nd Philippine Rubber Investment and Market Encounter… »

Passing the BBL by Dec. 16: 15 session days in the House, 8 session days in the Senate

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 Nov) – Congress has been urged by various sectors to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by December 16, the target date set last month by the… »

Business, int’l groups push for passage of “acceptable” BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindNews/04 Nov) – Thirteen business groups in the country, including the Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines Mindanao Business Council and ARMM Business Council, have jointly… »

ARMM Gov Hataman to Eat Bulaga: apologize to Muslim community

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 October) — The government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has asked GMA 7’s Eat Bulaga to apologize to the Muslim community following the outrage… »

Hataman seeks second term as ARMM governor

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/16 October) – Incumbent Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman on Thursday filed his certificate of candidacy for the same position under the ruling Liberal Party.… »

Freed on bail, Sajid Ampatuan runs for mayor of Shariff Aguak

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 12 October) — Sajid Islam Uy Ampatuan, the youngest son of the late Andal Ampatuan, Sr. who was freed on bail in March this year after… »

With BBL in limbo, ARMM polls to push through; Hataman seeks reelection but..

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Oct) — With the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in limbo, elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will proceed as scheduled on May 9,… »

EU-funded program aims to reduce maternal deaths in ARMM

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 October) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is a recipient of a five-year program on reproductive health that aims to bring down the number of maternal… »

Only 18 session days left to pass BBL but CSOs, peace panels say “never say never to peace”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 08 October) – “Never say never to peace,” Mindanao’s civil society organizations and the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels say even… »

ARMM seeks P1-B budget for health

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 October) — The Department of Health in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao on Tuesday said it has proposed a P1-billion budget from the national government to… »

Maguindanao towns to get level 2 water systems

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/28 September) – Residents of two towns in Maguindanao will benefit from level 2 water system projects by the Department of Public Works and Highways–Autonomous Region in Muslim… »

Kidnappers and Samal 4 victims now in Sulu? 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Sept) —  The three foreigners and a Filipino abducted nearly midnight Monday from the Holiday Oceanview Resort in the Island garden City of Samal  have been brought… »

Murad: “Whatever happens to the BBL we should accept as the will of Allah”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Sept) – The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has issued an appeal “to everyone to hold fast to the Peace Process” even… »

PEACETALK: Bangsamoro is about social justice

(Delivered at the Mindanao Forum on Peace in Mindanao, organized by the Interreligious Council of the Philippines on Sept. 21, 2015 at the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation Auditorium by Atty. Christian… »

PEACETALK: Notes on the Holiday, by a Girl Living in the ARMM

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/24 Sept) — Before anything else, I’d like to say to our Muslim brothers and sisters, “Eid Mubarak!” It’s a non-working holiday here in the ARMM (Autonomous Region… »

On the Legislation of the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (H.B. 5811 and S.B. 2894)

Statement of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) on the Legislation of the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (H.B. 5811 and S.B. 2894) The Institute for Autonomy… »

PEACETALK: Pressing Peace Legislation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 Sept) — The peace negotiations between the Moro Islamic Liberation Force (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) emerged out of a situation of war. It… »

House goes on 5-session days a week to pass BBL; Senate sets no deadline

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 September) — Starting Monday, September 7, the House of Representatives will be holding five session days a week – from Monday to Friday – instead of three… »

GPH, MNLF, OIC meet to set agenda for Tripartite Review

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 Sept) – Representatives from the Philippine government (GPH), Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will meet in Manila… »

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,… »

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