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… »

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… »

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