Membership in body drafting Bangsamoro law up from 15 to 21; panels begin work ASAP

Membership in body drafting Bangsamoro law up from 15 to 21; panels begin work ASAP

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/14 Aug) – Membership in the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that will draft the new Bangsamoro law has been increased from 15 to 21, “to ensure incl ...

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PEACETALK: “No more waiting. Start implementing”

PEACETALK: “No more waiting. Start implementing”

(Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza delivered an extemporaneous speech at the August 13, 2016 launch of the implementation phase of the GPH-MILF peace process ...

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PEACETALK:  There must be a final closure to this cycle of conflict in Mindanao

PEACETALK: There must be a final closure to this cycle of conflict in Mindanao

(This piece was delivered by Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim at the August 13, 2016 launch of the implementation phase of the GPH-MILF peace process under ...

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Dureza: “Great determination”  to move forward in Bangsamoro peace process

Dureza: “Great determination” to move forward in Bangsamoro peace process

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/ 13 August) – Their presence, in the words of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, was to show the “great determination of the Philippin ...

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How soon will the Duterte administration act on the TJRC recommendations?   

How soon will the Duterte administration act on the TJRC recommendations?  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 August) – How soon will the Duterte administration set up the National Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission on the Bangsamoro (NTJRCB), a bo ...

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Dureza: GPH panel dealing with MILF will also deal with MNLF, etc.

Dureza: GPH panel dealing with MILF will also deal with MNLF, etc.

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 August) – The government panel that will discuss implementation of the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) with the Moro Islamic Libera ...

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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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President to spend 10 days in Mindanao

President to spend 10 days in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 August) – The country’s 16th President and first Mindanawon to lead the nation will spend 10 days in Mindanao when he returns this week from Malacanang ...

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THE SMILING FOREHEAD: The Lion Kambing

THE SMILING FOREHEAD: The Lion Kambing

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 August) -- The history of Tarzan may abound with similar tales of how vine-swinging is never a forgotten skill to be outgrown, although Tarzan can als ...

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Duterte expected to set up transitional justice commission on Bangsamoro

Duterte expected to set up transitional justice commission on Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 July) – After a long wait, the National Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission on the Bangsamoro (NTJRCB) is expected to be finally set up und ...

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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: MILF will always be guided by protocols and mechanisms

PEACETALK: MILF will always be guided by protocols and mechanisms

(MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal delivered this message during the launch of the book "Mindanao: The Long Journey to Peace and Prosperity" on 19 July 2016 at Discovery Prime ...

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Duterte: pass Bangsamoro law ASAP, minus contentious provisions

Duterte: pass Bangsamoro law ASAP, minus contentious provisions

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 23 July) – President Rodrigo Duterte wants the enabling law for the future Bangsamoro political entity passed and implemented “bukas kaagad” (lite ...

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Reunion Across the Table

Reunion Across the Table

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Sec. Jesus Dureza meets with Moro Islamic Liberation Front Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on Thursday to discuss the implementation phase of ...

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GPH-MILF Implementing Team to meet in KL in early August

GPH-MILF Implementing Team to meet in KL in early August

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews /21 July) --- The government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will formally resume the Bangsamoro peace proces ...

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Dureza: work on Bangamoro law will be simultaneous with shift to federalism

Dureza: work on Bangamoro law will be simultaneous with shift to federalism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – The roadmap to peace under the Duterte administration will neither be “federalism first and Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) if it is rejected,” nor “ba ...

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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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Moving forward

Moving forward

Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim talks about moving forward in the peace process with government in an interview in the garden fronting the MILF Central Co ...

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Murad seeks clarification re Duterte’s ‘federalism first before BBL’ track

Murad seeks clarification re Duterte’s ‘federalism first before BBL’ track

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews /15 July) – The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is seeking clarification on the peace policy of the new ad ...

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Bangsamoro Stories

Bangsamoro Stories

Survivor Fatima Nagli narrates at the July 13, 2016 Cotabato City  launch of the book “Peace is for Everyone: Bangsamoro Stories of Hope, Survival, Pain and Resilience” what happe ...

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“Peace is for Everyone” book of Bangsamoro stories: read, weep, hope

“Peace is for Everyone” book of Bangsamoro stories: read, weep, hope

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /14 July) – “A very good book… I could not help but cry when I started reading the stories,’’ Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia of the Autonomous Region in ...

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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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CRUCIBLE:  Message on Eidu l-fitr 2016 — Fitnah, Spirituality, and the Bangsamoro

CRUCIBLE: Message on Eidu l-fitr 2016 — Fitnah, Spirituality, and the Bangsamoro

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 08 July) --  Today’s eidu l-fitr is a blessed day (eidun mubarak). It is a day in expressing thanks and gratitude to Allah (SWT). It is a day in declaring ...

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THIS BLESSED HOUSE: Our stories are the stories of the Filipino people too

THIS BLESSED HOUSE: Our stories are the stories of the Filipino people too

(Bangsamoro filmmaker Gutierrez “Teng” Mangsakan posted this piece on his Facebook wall on July 5, in what he described as a “reconstruction of my acceptance speech during the Wor ...

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Bangsamoro film wins 2 top prizes at World Premieres festival

Bangsamoro film wins 2 top prizes at World Premieres festival

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 05 July) – “Daughters of Three Tailed Banner,” the first part of multi-awarded Bangsamoro filmmaker Gutierrez “Teng” Mangansakan’s film, “Moro2mrw, “ won th ...

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Moro, militants welcome Duterte’s vow to “implement all signed peace agreements”

Moro, militants welcome Duterte’s vow to “implement all signed peace agreements”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 June) – Moro and militant groups on Thursday welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s vow to “implement all signed peace agreements in step with constitutio ...

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One-on-one meeting: Duterte and Murad talk peace

One-on-one meeting: Duterte and Murad talk peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte met with leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) late Frid ...

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Brothers all

Brothers all

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte listens as Datu Abul Khayr Alonto (right) of Lanao del Sur, chair of a faction the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) expounds on an issue durin ...

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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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PEACETALK: Complicated Peace Infrastructure

PEACETALK: Complicated Peace Infrastructure

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) -- The peace infrastructure between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is complicated and unstable. W ...

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PEACETALK: Why a BBL amidst discussions and excitement about federalism?

PEACETALK: Why a BBL amidst discussions and excitement about federalism?

  COTABATO CITY ( MindaNews / 08 June) -- Don't get me wrong. I am as excited as many Mindanawons about federalism. Our excitement, however, should not distract us from the e ...

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Dureza vows to “continue with the gains and build on” Bangsamoro peace process

Dureza vows to “continue with the gains and build on” Bangsamoro peace process

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May) – Returning Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza vowed in a statement sent to the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Fron ...

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COMMENT: Duterte put in bad light

COMMENT: Duterte put in bad light

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 May) -- Unless it is his way of finding relief from his promises, presumptive President Rodrigo R. Duterte must restrain his cabinet-member desig ...

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PEACETALK:  Which should come first? Pass BBL or shift to federalism?

PEACETALK: Which should come first? Pass BBL or shift to federalism?

MINDAVIEWS PEACETALK: Which should come first? Pass BBL or shift to federalism? Naguib Sinarimbo COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/22 May) -- With the proposal to shift to federal-parliame ...

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PEACETALK: As Duterte would say, this is about “correcting historical injustice”

PEACETALK: As Duterte would say, this is about “correcting historical injustice”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 May) -- This presumptuous guy, Pantaleon Alvarez is suggesting the Duterte administration will simply scrap all peace agreements – with the Moro Nation ...

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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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COMMENT: BBL: Options Apt for Bangsamoro

COMMENT: BBL: Options Apt for Bangsamoro

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 May) – Will the Bangsamoro be established under the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte? MILF Chairman Murad Ebrahim sounds optimist ...

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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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MILF’s Murad to Duterte: “We will partner with you and your administration”

MILF’s Murad to Duterte: “We will partner with you and your administration”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 May) –The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has congratulated presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte for his “historic victory” durin ...

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PEACETALK: Plan B: Post-BBL Non-Passage

PEACETALK: Plan B: Post-BBL Non-Passage

NAGA CITY (MindaNews/04 May) -- In the wake (pun intended as funeral vigil, as there was understandable mourning or “deep disappointment and grave dismay” by those who worked and ...

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MIND DA NEWS: A ‘Must’: Will Congress See So?

MIND DA NEWS: A ‘Must’: Will Congress See So?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 27 April) – His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, OMI, Archbishop of Cotabato, convener of Friends of Peace, and Moro Elder Guiamel Alim are advo ...

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Presidential bets answer Babu Amina’s “will we ever live in peace?” query

Presidential bets answer Babu Amina’s “will we ever live in peace?” query

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 April) -- Babu Amina of Datu Piang, Maguindanao asked the five Presidential bets during the last Presidential Debate in Pangasinan on Sunday evening a q ...

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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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PEACETALK: Titayan: Transitions toward unexplored possibilities for inclusive governance in the Bangsamoro

PEACETALK: Titayan: Transitions toward unexplored possibilities for inclusive governance in the Bangsamoro

(Remarks at the end of the three-day “Titayan: Bridging for Peace” delivered on April 23, 2016 at the Ateneo de Davao University. Titayan in Maguindanao means bridge).  Assalamu a ...

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What if?

What if?

  A participant raises a question at the start of the two-day workshop of Titayan: Bridging for Peace at the Ateneo de Davao University on April 22, 2016. Delegates from civi ...

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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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PEACETALK: A Vision of a Future Mindanao

PEACETALK: A Vision of a Future Mindanao

What might this vision be? May I contribute a personal envisioning of the future on the basis of socio-moral principles. I envision a Mindanao where God’s law of social justice fo ...

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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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‘TITAYAN’

‘TITAYAN’

Friends of Peace convenor Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, Mindanao’s first cardinal, speaks at the opening of "Titayan: Bridging for Peace," a symposium on inclusive political transit ...

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