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)… »

PEACETALK: Challenges (and Hopes) in the Post CAB Bangsamoro: From the third eye

(Delivered at The Consolidation for Peace for Mindanao seminar-workshop in Hiroshima, Japan on June 23). The Agreement and Bottlenecks The Bangsamoro is a work in progress. But the Signing of… »

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: Biryani Nights with Global Muslim Social Activists and Leaders

From the Singapore zoo to the seas of Mindanao, I am back in my family’s arms, at a beach in Linamon, Lanao del Norte, after 14 days of seeing rare species of… »

ARMM set to build fishery research center in Tawi-tawi

BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi (MindaNews / 19 June) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is putting up a Regional Fisheries Integrated Research and Development Center (RFIRDC) in this province. ARMM… »

All set for 1st ARMM Int’l Biz Confab

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 16 June) – Everything is set for the two-day First Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) International Business Conference in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, an ARMM official announced.… »

ARMM sets new record: P2.5B investments; biomass energy projects top list  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 June) — The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has set a new record in 24 years with P2.5 billion investments registered in the first… »

MILF, MNLF meet in Jeddah; vow to activate Bangsamoro Coordination Forum

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — Leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the different factions of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) including Nur Misuari’s group, met in… »

Peace pact signing lures more investments into Bangsamoro area  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) — The Regional Board of Investments of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RBOI-ARMM) has posted a total of P1.621 billion investments in the first five months… »

Cardinal Quevedo to Lumads: “sorry”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/09 June) — Mindanao’s first Cardinal, Orlando Quevedo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato, has apologized to the Lumads (indigenous peoples) for their under-representation at the International Conference of… »

Cardinal Quevedo certain Cotabato City will vote yes to Bangsamoro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 08 June) – The future Bangsamoro has an early campaigner: Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato, Mindanao’s first Cardinal. Quevedo told an international conference here… »

PEACETALK: To the indigenous eye, the forest is the resource

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 June) — If we were to put a monetary value to each fully grown tree, which can absorb 50,000 gallons of water every rainfall; shed tons of… »

ARMM to hold 1st international bizcon in Tawi-tawi

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 4 June) – The Department of Trade and Industry in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DTI-ARMM) is holding this month a two-day business conference in… »

3,600 more households in Region 12, ARMM included in 4Ps program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 June) – Around 3,600 more poor households in Region 12 and parts of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) were enlisted in the… »

A month later, draft B’moro Basic Law still under review by PNoy’s office

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 May) — One month. The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to the Office of the President (OP) on… »

Kulintang Lessons

Young Maguindanao students get lessons on playing the kulintang during the Summer Cultural Workshop organized by the Bureau of Cultural Heritage (BCH) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao on… »

BALINTATAW: Not blind and uninformed advocacy and support

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 04 May) — Many are asking about my position about the CAB (Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro), BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) and the Bangsamoro. To begin… »

Farming in ARMM goes high-tech with mobile app

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 April) – A management tool for farmers using mobile apps is being eyed for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to boost yield and income. Department… »

Etihad passenger from GenSan tests negative of MERS-CoV

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 April) — One of the passengers from Region 12 of Etihad Airlines flight EY 0424 that arrived in Manila last April 15 with a person who… »

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… »

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