PEACETALK: Minding Advice and Consent: Why allow Congress to micromanage a process for war, not negotiation for peace?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) — One year ago today, the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro was signed at Malacanang Palace. How can we make headway in enacting the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic… »

 Interweaving narratives in our journey for peace

[Speech delivered by Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles during the University Convocation
 at Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) in Cagayan de Oro City on March 26, 2015]… »

PEACETALK: Courage. Lakas o tibay ng loob. Tapang. Conviction.

(Speech of Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, government peace panel chair,  in accepting the Fr. Masterson Award of Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City on March 26, 2015) Ang aking pong… »

PEACETALK: Ask questions. Propose solutions. The future is yours. You have a stake in it.

[Acceptance speech of Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the MILF Peace Panel and Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), of the Fr. William Francis Masterson, SJ Award of the Xavier University in Cagayan… »

Women leaders want peace process to continue

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 March) –Women leaders, during a two-day conference here that started Friday, expressed their desire to save the peace process despite the setback after the Mamasapano… »

Contributions to Peace

Government and MILF  peace panel chairs Miriam Coronel-Ferrer (left) and Mohagher Iqbal (third from left) receive the Farther William Masterson Awards for their contributions to peace from Xavier University. With them… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Never Having To Say  “I’m Sorry”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) — “Never having to say I’m sorry” is a title, by the way, of an old favorite song.  That reminds me of this growing call for… »

PEACETALK: Why Alan Peter Cayetano owes Sec. Deles, Prof. Ferrer and all women peacemakers in this country a public apology!

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) — I am no big fan of Secretary Deles and Professor Miriam Coronel- Ferrer. As an independent peace advocate representing the tri-people grassroots in Mindanao, I… »

TARGET PRACTICE: Ignoring the facts

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 March) – There is a very vivid similarity between what happened in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25 and the Jabidah massacre 47 years ago. Aside from helping… »

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… »

PEACETALK: We have reached this far because we have people in Mindanao who refuse to become victims of war

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) — As a peace advocate who has accompanied the GPH-MILF Peace Talks in the last 15 years, I had been reflecting on the letter of Cardinal… »

Maguindanao’s bakwits now 125,302; grandmas say they’re too old to evacuate  

DATU SAUDI AMPATUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/22 March) – Three generations of families of sisters Cartiquia Cartin and Saria Namawog are among 125,302 residents who fled their villages in Maguindanao following the… »

QUN FAYA QUN: Diversity of ‘Truths’ within the Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 March) — Opinions about the ‘Moro Problem’ often start by outlining the historical injustices committed towards the Bangsamoro people in their struggle to self-determination. These… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Must we wait for another 34 years, hundreds of thousands more dead Filipinos and millions more homeless and traumatized by war?

(Privilege speech delivered by Anak Mindanao Rep. Sitti Djalia Turabin Hataman on the 47th Jabidah Massacre commemoration, 18 March 2015. Hataman is from Basilan.  Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Raheem. Mr. Speaker, distinguished… »

PEACETALK: Why gridlock on BBL is democracy deficit: Polarizing the duty to perform FAB and CAB as Peace Pacts

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/17 March) — Contemporary treaty law and practice bind the Government of the Philippines not only to respect and to fulfill any obligation arising from prior agreements, but… »

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… »

No to Child Combatants

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Women Auxiliary Brigade (BIWAB) of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front sign their declaration on preventing children from being involved in the armed conflict and associating… »

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: Future of the BBL (4): Bangsamoro Territory and Bangsamoro Waters

4th 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… »

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Federalism’s fallacy and the Bangsamoro red herring – Towards Collaborative Filipino Democracy

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 March) – Red Herring – something intended to divert attention from the real problem or matter at hand; a misleading clue. Secession – the act… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Future of the BBL (3): Sharing of Powers under the BBL

3rd 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… »

House Committee to take up Bangsamoro Basic Law on April 6 to 16  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 March) – The House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) will meet on April 6 to 16 to finish deliberations… »

Widows of MILF combatants receive cash assistance from MILF  

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 March) — Unlike previous occasions in this multipurpose hall, the crowd on Sunday was predominantly female – widows of combatants of the Moro Islamic… »

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… »

BOI, MILF to release reports on Mamasapano probes this week  

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/09 March) – The Board of Inquiry of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Special Investigative Commission (SIC) of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are set… »

PEACETALK: Grieving, Doing Justice,Working for Peace (A Letter To All Christians)

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /08 March) — Fellow Disciples of Christ: Greetings of peace in the Lord! As a Filipino and Mindanawon, I grieve profoundly for our gallant SAF (Special Action… »

MILF members flock to register as voters

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/07 March) – While fighting continues to rage between government forces and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on one side of Maguindanao, a special and symbolic… »

COMMENT: An ominous prelude (3)

III. Disturbing updates GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 March) — The Bangsamoro Basic Law bill is in a very seriously disturbing situation. In Parts I and II of this series, our… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Dreaming of a peace dividend

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) — The best peace dividend we, Mindanawons, can earn from a successful conclusion to the Bangsamoro issue would be law and order, one instituted… »

PEACETALK: Why the euphoria of FAB and CAB did not last long: What comes next for BBL?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 5 March) – The euphoria for the GPH-MILF (Government-Moro Islamic Liberation Front) agreements (Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro) was a… »

MY MY MY MARAWI: 38 Days After Mamasapano, Back in the Senate

PHILIPPINE SENATE (MindaNews / 4 March) – In the Senate last Tuesday (March 3), many of the Senators stood but not one Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) lobby from the movements. Acceptability… »

COMMENTARY: Asking the Right Question: Acceptability of a Watered-Down BBL

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/03 March) — Much has been said regarding the incident that occurred on the 25th of January 2015, in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Several versions of the facts have… »

Moro Netizens

Young Moro women record on their phones a pro-Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) rally in Tantawan Park in Cotabato City 25 Feb 2015. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

PEACETALK: Justice can be attained if we all sit down with calmer heads

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 March) — I am writing this letter as the hate I see over unfortunate incidents has risen. We have politicians crying for “Blood, Blood, spill it on… »

“Justice for civilian killed, justice for carabao and cow killed”

TUKANALIPAO. Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 Feb) –  Twenty-nine year old Zayna Kiang wants to know when the promised compensation for civilian victims of the Mamasapano tragedy would be given since it’s been… »

COMMENTARY: Another view of the Mindanao divide

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/26 February) — The term adivasis is the generic appellation used in India for the various ethnic groups duly recognized to be its aboriginal population. This designation is similar… »

MILF guerrillas watch from a distance as PNP Board of Inquiry visits encounter site  

SITIO ALILING, Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 25 Feb) –“Tingnan nyo, basta may coordinate, wala talagang problema (See, if there’s coordination, there is really no problem), Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

Yes to BBL

Army soldiers walk past a poster urging the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano town in Maguindanao on Tuesday (24 Feb 2015). The soldiers were… »

COMMENT: An Ominous Prelude? (2)

II. Prerogative and Compromise GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 Feb) – It has become clear the Bangsamoro Basic Law will not be passed as originally provided in the Draft… »

CRUCIBLE: Sovereignty versus Sub-State

PASAY CITY (MindaNews/ 23 Feb) — It is an honor to be given the opportunity to share my view in today’s Joint Committee hearing of the Senate on the Bangsamoro… »

PEACETALK: The biggest obstacle to peace is anti-Moro sentiment

(Closing statement of H. Marcos C. Mordeno, chair of MindaNews, at the Media Roundtable Discussion on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, 21 February… »

MILF vows to pursue talks; says Bangsamoro law must conform to peace pact

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/22 February) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front will continue pushing for the conclusion of the peace agreement with government even if the present Congress fails… »

CHR brings forensic experts in the house where Marwan was killed

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /22 Feb) – A team from the Commission on Human Rights visited the site of the January 25 encounters in Mamasapano, Maguindanao Friday in the company of… »

PEACETALK. Let reason and facts sway our opinion, not deeply held biases and mistrust

(Opening statement of Atty. Anna Tarhata Basman, chief legal counsel, government peace panel in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, at the Media Roundtable on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Still Hopeful for Peace

Prof. Abhoud Sayyed Lingga, a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panel, talks on the prospects of the peace process during the roundtable on the Bangsamoro Basic Law… »

PEACETALK: We have not abandoned this position, and we will not abandon it

(Opening statement of Robert M. Alonto, Commissioner of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and senior member of the MILF peace panel at the Media Roundtable at the Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de… »

PEACETALK. Let not the tragic Mamasapano incident be a hindrance to attaining peace

(Welcome Remarks of Jerry Orcullo, President of Cagayan de Oro Press Club during the Media Roundtable on the Bangsamoro Basic Law Roundtable, Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, 21 February… »

COMMENT: An Ominous Prelude? (1)

I. Take It or Leave It GENERAL SANTOS CITY, February 21, 2015 – At no other time than at this critical period in the wake of the Mamasapano incident —… »

PEACETALK. Why hold the Bangsamoro Basic Law hostage to the Mamasapano inquiry?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/18 Feb) — Government policy on “the primacy of the peace process” cannot be run down or its continuity turned around without addressing the root causes of violence.… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH : Message of peace and how ordinary people can help

(Privilege Speech delivered by Maguindanao 1st district Rep. Bai Sandra S. A. Sema at the House of Representatives on Monday, February 16) Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh. Assalamu Alaikum means peace… »

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