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… »

Only 7 of 116 ARMM towns receive Seal of Good Housekeeping

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Feb) – Only seven out of 116 towns in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) were awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) for good governance… »

ARMM Summit

President Benigno S. Aquino III praises ARMM Governor Mujib Hataman in his speech during the closing of the ARMM LGU Summit at Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City on Wednesday,… »

More investments expected as ARMM transitions into Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 February) — There’s business in peace, and mining and banana firms are cashing in on the positive investment climate as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)… »

Iqbal to CSOs: fast-track consultations on Bangamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 February) – The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) which is drafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) wants civil society organizations to “fast-track” their consultations so the Commission can… »

Van carrying athletes from Sulu falls into ravine

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/10 February) – A public school teacher died while 11 others were wounded when their van plunged into a ravine Sunday in Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay, a police official… »

CSOs submit initial results of consultations on Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 Feb) – Representatives from Mindanao’s civil society will convene at the Royal Mandaya Hotel here on February 10 to 12 to hand over initial results of the… »

PNoy to meet with ARMM govs and mayors in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 Feb) — President Benigno Simeon Aquino III will meet with governors and mayors of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) at a summit scheduled here Tuesday… »

Mind da News: Bridging the GAP

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 14, 2014 – Luwaran is the official publication of the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) Central Committee. This was the brainchild of Mohagher Iqbal, MILF Vice… »

Consultations on Bangsamoro Basic Law kicks off

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 3 Dec) – Massive public consultations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law kicks off Wednesday in Lanao del Norte, parallel to the convening of the peace panels of government… »

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Members of the Yakan tribe perform cultural dances and play music on board a float from Basilan during the parade inside the ARMM compound in Cotabato City on Nov. 9,… »

Muslims celebrate New Year; Nov. 4 still a holiday in ARMM, other provinces

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 November) —  It’s still a holiday on Monday in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, North Cotabato,… »

Electoral system for Bangsamoro should address concerns re “very divisive” polls

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/28 October) —  Describing the present electoral system as “very divisive” to the point that “families are splitting up,” Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

1 killed in Rajah Buayan but Maguindanao polls generally peaceful

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/28 October) – Except for a strafing incident that killed one and wounded another in Rajah Buayan town, voting in Monday’s barangay elections was generally peaceful in… »

Over 500 Tawi-Tawi candidates sign peace covenant

BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi (VERA Files through MindaNews/25 October) – Intense political rivalries were set aside momentarily when over 500 candidates in Monday’s elections, most of them blood-related, signed a peace covenant… »

Eid’l Adha

Congregation prayers for Eid’l Adha at the compound of the Office of the Regional Government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in Cotabato City early Tuesday morning, October… »

GPH, MILF stuck on power-sharing; no deal struck this round

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Oct) — The government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels resumed talks Tuesday, extended it supposedly until Saturday but ended early Sunday morning with… »

ARMM okays P390-M new investments

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/02 October)—The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has approved the investments of two large companies worth P390 million, an official said. Lawyer Ishak Mastura, ARMM Regional Board… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: End of the road for Misuari?

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/18 September) – From a University of the Philippines professor, Nur Misuari became the founding chair of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) which fought a bitter war… »

THE PHILSOUTH LINE: How ready are we for the MNLF?

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/17 September)—I came home weeks ago and immediately was off to Sulu after just a few days in Zamboanga. In Talipao, Patikul and Indanan towns where I have… »

ARMM Governor calls for “collective efforts” to achieve peace and development

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 August) Achieving peace and development for a better future for the homeland requires “collective efforts” to conquer the  challenges confronting the Moro, Governor Mujv Hataman of the… »

Maguindanao, Cotabato City under state of calamity due to floods

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – The local governments of Cotabato City and Maguindanao province have placed their areas under a state of calamity since Monday due to floods spawned by… »

Drilon vows Senate support for Bangsamoro peace process; Belmonte silent

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 July) – Newly-elected Senate President Franklin Drilon reiterated the Senate’s support for the peace process in Mindanao and committed to “amend the Organic Act, to… »

10 killed in clan war in Lanao Sur town

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — Armed clashes brought about by a long-standing “rido”  (clan feud) in Bayang, Lanao del Sur claimed the lives of ten persons since Friday,… »

ARMM’s Hataman renews pledge to “step aside to make way” for Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) commended the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels for finally… »

Murad and PNoy exchange letters on delays in peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 July) – Before the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels resumed talks in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, July 8, their leaders had discussed the… »

‘Oil palm hub’ plan ‘threat’ to Mindanao coconut industry

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/28 May) — Turning Mindanao into an “oil palm hub” poses a threat to the coconut industry, a research institution said in a statement Monday. The Davao City-based… »

Q and A with MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim: “Within this year we will start building our political party”

DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/23 May) – The May 13 synchronized national, regional and local elections marked the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s first foray into electoral politics,  albeit only partly,… »

COMMENT: Transition That Will Work Imperiled (5)

III. What Will Work (Continued 2: Key to Transition) GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 May)– The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) is the present holding the future of the Moros… »

ARMM Regional Board of Canvassers convenes; will resume Wednesday 2 p.m.

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/14 May) – The Regional Board of Canvassers (RBOC) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) convened at 6:14 p.m. Monday but failed to initialize the Consolidated… »

Citizens’ Watch

Members of the Citizens Coalition for ARMM Electoral Reforms ( C-Care) prepare for their monitoring of the elections at their headquarters in Marantao town in Lanao del Sur, 12 May… »

ARMM police trained for BEI work deployed; all-women police deployed Sunday

PARANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 May) – Some 400 police personnel who have been trained to be members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) and provide additional security force, were deployed… »

ARMM election-related incidents: 4 barangay chairs killed, 3 wounded

PARANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/03 May) – A total of 14 election-related incidents have been recorded in the five-province, two-city Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) from October 1 to April 30, … »

PEACETALK: Muslim Mindanao’s Cadre of New Leaders and Managers

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews/02 May) — When we hear about the current slow pace of negotiations between the government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, we can lose… »

Bangsamoro Transition Commission awaits release of budget; ES to endorse request to DBM this week

UPDATED COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/02 May) –  The Bangsamoro Transition Commission is still awaiting the release of its budget but managed to meet this week and will meet again two weeks… »

Transition to Bangsamoro: “the process is about hope… for a happy life”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/02 May) – A former Ambassador who is now a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission says the process they are going through now in preparation for the… »

Bangsamoro Transition Commission holds first session in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/30 April) – The 15-member Transition Commission (TransCom) tasked to draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law held its first session in Mindanao Tuesday with experts on Constitution-making as resource… »

ARMM is poorest region in 2012 but poverty incidence dropped in island provinces

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 April) –   The five-province, two-city Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) posted the highest poverty incidence among families in the country’s 17 regions nationwide in 2012,  with… »

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