Baguindan and the Fight to Fulfill a Promise of Peace

Baguindan and the Fight to Fulfill a Promise of Peace

TIPO-TIPO, Basilan (MindaNews/23 September) -- Abdulhusin Inam had yet to learn how to walk so his parents and siblings would carry him as they flee the village of Baguindan at th ...

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PEACETALK: Islam will always be for the greater good

PEACETALK: Islam will always be for the greater good

(Message of Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, for Eid’l Adha, 12 Septembers 2016) As Muslims who live true to the values of Islam, we make many s ...

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ARMM recommends immediate transfer of high profile detainees

ARMM recommends immediate transfer of high profile detainees

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 September) -- The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is recommending the immediate transfer to Bic ...

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Maute group storms Lanao del Sur jail, frees 8 members;  20 other prisoners escape

Maute group storms Lanao del Sur jail, frees 8 members; 20 other prisoners escape

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 27 August) -- Heavily armed members of the Maute terror group stormed the Lanao del Sur provincial jail in Marawi City late Saturday afternoon and ...

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GPH, MILF to meet in KL on August 13-14; Santiago heads GPH panel

GPH, MILF to meet in KL on August 13-14; Santiago heads GPH panel

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 August) – The 10-member government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Implementing Team will meet in Kuala Lumpur on August 13 and 14 to beg ...

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THE SMILING FOREHEAD : The Dureza Peace Formula for the Bangsamoro and its Implications in Sulu Archipelago

THE SMILING FOREHEAD : The Dureza Peace Formula for the Bangsamoro and its Implications in Sulu Archipelago

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/24 July) -- Change is Coming. This is President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise that brightens us up and redeems the homeland and raayat of Bangsa Suluk out of ...

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MY, MY, MY MARAWI: The quest for historical justice

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: The quest for historical justice

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 24 July) –  On the 42nd floor of Ortigas hotel after Eidul Fitr holidays, women civil society groups gathered anew. Sister Arnold Maria Noel offered an ac ...

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PEACETALK: Should peace really be contingent on the BBL?

PEACETALK: Should peace really be contingent on the BBL?

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 17 July) -- All Filipinos want peace. Let us be clear with this. We are all aware of how the longstanding armed conflict in Muslim Mindanao has b ...

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Bangsamoro arena: from Congress to ConCon

Bangsamoro arena: from Congress to ConCon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 July) – The political arena for the Bangsamoro will now shift from the 17th Congress to the 2017 Constitutional Convention (ConCon) following President ...

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President vows more support for ARMM

President vows more support for ARMM

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 July) -- President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to pour more support in the five-province, two-city Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which has the h ...

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Federalism first; BBL if it fails

Federalism first; BBL if it fails

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 July) – Federalism first, Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) if it fails. This is the preview of the Bangsamoro peace roadmap that President Rodrigo Duterte ann ...

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ARMM school days: Mon-Fri but Lanao del Sur wants Sun-Thurs retained.

ARMM school days: Mon-Fri but Lanao del Sur wants Sun-Thurs retained.

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) – A multisectoral group in Lanao del Sur is asking the Education Secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to “reinstate Sunday ...

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Canada’s Trudeau: “justice, however long it takes”

Canada’s Trudeau: “justice, however long it takes”

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is holding the Abu Sayyaf “fully responsible for this cold-blooded and senseless murder” of kidnap vi ...

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Dureza: Abu Sayyaf and BIFF “will have to face the full force of the law”

Dureza: Abu Sayyaf and BIFF “will have to face the full force of the law”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 12 June) – No negotiations. The Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) will have to “face the full force of the law for their terrori ...

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ARMM’s Darul Ifta’ sets moon sighting for Ramadan on Sunday

ARMM’s Darul Ifta’ sets moon sighting for Ramadan on Sunday

COTABATO CITY (ARMM BPI / 03 June) -- The Regional Darul Ifta’ in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RDI-ARMM) has set a moon sighting across the region on Sunday, June 5, ...

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Dureza: there will be “wide consultations” on crafting Bangsamoro peace roadmap

Dureza: there will be “wide consultations” on crafting Bangsamoro peace roadmap

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 May) – “Wide consultations on how to craft the Bangsamoro peace roadmap” will be conducted when the Duterte administration takes over on June 30, lawyer ...

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LP poll winners in ARMM to support Duterte’s pro-people programs

LP poll winners in ARMM to support Duterte’s pro-people programs

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/16 May) -- Reelected Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has vowed to support the incoming administration of presumptive Presid ...

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PEACETALK: Historic victory

PEACETALK: Historic victory

(Letter of Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim to presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on 10 May 2016). His Excellency President-Elect RODRIGO R. DUTER ...

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ARMM votes Duterte-Robredo

ARMM votes Duterte-Robredo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 May) – The five-province Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), stronghold of the administration’s Liberal Party (LP) voted LP for the regional, pro ...

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Cops replace 200 teachers as members of BEI in five Lanao Sur towns

Cops replace 200 teachers as members of BEI in five Lanao Sur towns

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 08 May) -- Fearing for their lives, 200 teachers from five municipalities in Lanao del Sur are boycotting their poll duty on Monday prompting the Commissi ...

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And the clans play on…Ampatuans, Ecleos, Sinsuats, Midtimbangs unrivalled in turfs

And the clans play on…Ampatuans, Ecleos, Sinsuats, Midtimbangs unrivalled in turfs

By Vino Lucero Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism AMONG THE 802 unopposed candidates for the 2016 elections, a few stood out not just because their surnames sounded fa ...

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20 groups declare suport for Gov. Hataman’s reelection bid

20 groups declare suport for Gov. Hataman’s reelection bid

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/04 May) – Twenty grassroots groups in two provinces in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao have vowed to support the reelection bid of Regional Gover ...

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Duterte Supporter

Duterte Supporter

Former Buluan, Maguindanao Mayor Ibrahim Mangudadatu (2nd from right) leads Liberal Party candidates in raising their hands during a gathering in the municipality of Buluan Tuesda ...

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Duterte supporter makes a scene in Liberal Party event for ARMM bets

Duterte supporter makes a scene in Liberal Party event for ARMM bets

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 27 Apr) – Call it awkward moment in the middle of the Liberal Party’s “show of force” gathering here Tuesday when the last speaker at the podium o ...

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12 towns in ARMM classified as ‘areas of immediate concern’

12 towns in ARMM classified as ‘areas of immediate concern’

AWANG, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 April) – Special Boards of Election Inspectors (SBEI) will be deployed in towns of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao ide ...

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Abueva: Duterte presidency will open door to amend Consti for federalism

Abueva: Duterte presidency will open door to amend Consti for federalism

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews/24 April) – A Duterte Presidency will open the door for the amendment of the 1987 Constitution to allow for the shift from the present unitary, Presidential ...

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Political rivals

Political rivals

While Presidential bets are busy engaging in a bitter word war, reelectionist ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman (L) and Sulu Vice Governor Sakur Tan ( R ) who is running against him in ...

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Pass BBL in 2 years; make Bangsamoro pilot for federalism

Pass BBL in 2 years; make Bangsamoro pilot for federalism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /23 April) -- A Moro civil society leader said the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) needs to be passed “not later than two years from now” in accordance with the C ...

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“Be positive, pro-active, aware of the gains of the peace process”   

“Be positive, pro-active, aware of the gains of the peace process”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 April) – Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando Quevedo urged participants to a peace symposium here to “be positive, be pro-active and be aware of the gains o ...

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Prices in ARMM island provinces rise due to closure of Malaysian border – official

Prices in ARMM island provinces rise due to closure of Malaysian border – official

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) -- Malaysia’s closure of its border with southern Philippines has caused a spike in prices of commodities in the island provinces of the Autonom ...

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Rescue and firefighting course grads in ARMM willing to volunteer for Mt. Apo

Rescue and firefighting course grads in ARMM willing to volunteer for Mt. Apo

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 30 March) – New graduates of a rescue and firefighting course in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are willing to help out and go to ...

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MinDA eyes better road network for Mindanao

MinDA eyes better road network for Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 March) – The Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) central office in Manila will use as criteria for project identification the five development c ...

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Hitech Monitoring

Hitech Monitoring

Agriculture field researchers conduct monitoring and digital mapping in Barangay Malatimon, Ampatuan, Maguindanao, which is badly hit by the dry spell and rat infestation. MindaNe ...

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ARMM research unit uses modern technology to determine drought damage

ARMM research unit uses modern technology to determine drought damage

AMPATUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 1 March) – The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAF-ARRM), through its Agricultural Research ...

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Duterte’s rebuttal to Poe on the Bangsamoro shows she needs to study more

Duterte’s rebuttal to Poe on the Bangsamoro shows she needs to study more

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 February) -- He spoke of righting a historical wrong, of offering the Bangsamoro Basic Law “with the same configuration” as well as federalism for all; ...

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Maguindanao villagers benefit from rice variety that can withstand drought, flood

Maguindanao villagers benefit from rice variety that can withstand drought, flood

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/15 February) – A drought- and flood-resistant rice variety developed by three agricultural institutions has helped farmers in a village h ...

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GPH, MILF peace panels meet in KL for “ways forward”

GPH, MILF peace panels meet in KL for “ways forward”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 February) – The peace panels of the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are back in Kuala Lumpur for a two-day meeting that started ...

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PRIVILEGE SPEECH: I am for peace but not for appeasement at the expense of the Republic

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: I am for peace but not for appeasement at the expense of the Republic

(Privilege Speech delivered by Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat on 2 February 2016 at the House of Representatives in Quezon City).  To me and to many, the ARMM is not a failed ...

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Bangsamoro law in the House: no numbers, no quorum

Bangsamoro law in the House: no numbers, no quorum

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 20 January) -- A day after House Majority Leader said they cannot guarantee the passage of the Bangsamoro law before Congress adjourns again on February ...

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P1.3-B oil palm project in Maguindanao is first investment in ARMM in 2016

P1.3-B oil palm project in Maguindanao is first investment in ARMM in 2016

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 January) -- A PhP 1.3 billion oil palm plantation project of a Singapore-Mindanao partnership, Gintong Agri-Corporation, was approved by the Regional Bo ...

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ARMM records 4 stray bullet victims during New Year revelry

ARMM records 4 stray bullet victims during New Year revelry

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/01 January) -- Despite an intensified campaign against the use of firearms in welcoming the New Year in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), g ...

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ARMM Governor Hataman orders probe of Marawi attack on TV crew

ARMM Governor Hataman orders probe of Marawi attack on TV crew

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 December) – Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) condemned the attack on an ABS-CBN team in Marawi City last ...

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ARMM sues contractors for unfinished school building projects

ARMM sues contractors for unfinished school building projects

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/18 December) -- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has filed cases against private contractors for unfinished school building projects. The r ...

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PNP chief wants Police Special Units in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao for 2016 polls

PNP chief wants Police Special Units in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao for 2016 polls

CAMP SALIPADA PENDATUN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 13 December) -- The chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has recommended the creation of Police Special Units (PSUs) in t ...

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Bangsamoro nights

Bangsamoro nights

They do not celebrate Christmas in the Bangsamoro but the lights within the compound of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in Cotabato City take on a festive mood. Be ...

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COMMENTARY: Human Rights: A Catholic Perspective

COMMENTARY: Human Rights: A Catholic Perspective

(Excerpts from the talk given by Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR during the Human Rights Day celebration of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) held in Cotabato City on De ...

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5 ARMM towns poorest in PH

5 ARMM towns poorest in PH

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 December) -- Five municipalities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao recorded the highest poverty incidence in the country, results of the Philipp ...

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Drilon says BBL still a “top priority’

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 there ...

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Security forces in Cotabato prepare for 2016 polls

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 preparatio ...

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

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 ...

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